There is no denying it. Hiring a professional photographer is an investment.
In an age where you can purchase a Groupon, run to your local Walmart, or even ask a friend, it may seem a bit trivial as to why you would hire a professional photographer. There is certainly a difference in cost. But the overall experience and final end product does not even compare.
I have had the opportunity to photograph the Paget family on a number of occasions and most recently to celebrate Jack turning 4. We mutually agreed on a location that I knew to have some wonderful fall colors and selected the most ideal time of day. I offered clothing suggestions for Jack that I knew would photograph best amongst all the fall colors. When the session began, I spent time talking with Alicia & David so that Jack could observe the familiarity between us and then I made sure to do silly things and focus my energy on him. I interact with him getting him to do things like show me how old he is, how fast he can run, or the silliest face he can make. And then I sit back and observe and capture what unfolds.
It takes time earning the trust of a little one, but it is an extremely important aspect of creating successful photographs. Through having fun and gaining trust, the nervousness and apprehension of having photos taken, starts to fade away. Then, as a photographer, I can begin to uncover the uniqueness of the individual.
I don’t necessarily want to capture what your child looks like. I want to capture who your child is. That is the difference between sitting in front of a blue screen for 5 minutes at a portrait studio and spending an hour or more with a photographer in a more relaxed environment. The expressions, the actions, and the overall essence of what is captured is far more genuine.
Think about this the next time you are considering a portrait session for your family. In 20 years when you look back at the documented history of your family, will you be more excited about the money you saved or the quality of the portraits that hang on the walls in your home?
Here are some of our favorites from our portrait session with Jack: