A couple of weeks ago, an article about wedding photography was brought to my attention. In order to save money, brides were and grooms were encouraged to rent the good cameras like the professionals have and let family and friends shoot away. There was also a reference to the cameras in phones. They were just fine to capture all those important moments during this special occasion.
Instead of rolling my eyes, I decided to take this as an opportunity to share with you as to why being a professional photographer is more than just having a good camera.
We want to provide a great experience and awesome images to our clients. In order to do this, we focus on three things. Those include: 1) Service to our clients, 2) knowing the technical side of photography and how to work with light, and 3) exploring and playing to keep our creative ideas flowing for you.
Our number one job is to capture all the important milestones, memories, and emotions in your life. Whether its the birth of a child, a wedding, a high school senior or even the dog who has become a member of the family, our job is to give you an experience that you will never forget. From helping you choose your outfits, to showing how your favorite images can be cropped, we want you to love your images and enjoy the experience.
Providing the very best to you also means that we have backup equipment so if something goes wrong during a session, we can grab another camera or light and continue the session.
It also means that we continue to grow in our profession by investing in our education and we train with the top photographers and business professionals in the country.
In order to provide beautiful images that will become family heirlooms, it is vital for a professional photographer to know all the technical aspects of photography. This includes:
- How to work with lighting in different situations and scenarios. They should be able to adjust and adapt at a moment’s notice.
- Portrait photographers should have a working knowledge of light patterns. They should know which ones to use that will flatter you.
- Photographers should understand the relationship between the ISO, aperature and shutter speeds on their camera.
- Photographers should know how to use reflectors and light modifers.
- Photographers should have a working knowledge of how to pose their clients. Once again, making them look and feel good about themselves and the session.
The wonderful thing about learning the technical side is photography, is that once these skills are learned, the creative juices can start to flow. At this point, we start to create those images that you will love forever.
Professional photographers play. A lot. We constantly give ourselves assignments. We meet up with other photographers to shoot and exchange ideas.
We study art outside of photography. We go to museums to study paintings and other forms of art. We look at architecture. We look for patterns and textures.
We take those ideas and implement them into our sessions. Once again, our goal is to provide the very best we can for you.
Yes, professional photographers have nice cameras and expensive lenses. But in order to take care of our clients, it is our job to provide great service, know how to use that equipment and nurture our creative souls.
In invite you to visit my website at www.momentsbylisa.com to see what has been created for the clients that are so dear to us.