Have you ever walked into someone’s home and a beautiful canvas or portrait of their family or children is hanging on the wall? When you ask who took the photo, I imagine they rarely say, “my friend so and so who just got a great camera and started doing photography on the side”. In this day and age, it seems that everyone is a budding photographer. Truly, everyone has to start somewhere. The best photographers were all newbies at one time. We live in a digital age and affordable camera equipment and even cell phones are used to produce photos every day. But don’t be fooled.
Good photography isn’t just about “getting a focused picture”. Creating beautiful images is about telling your life’s story to friends, family, and future generations. Anyone can pick up a camera and learn how to operate one. Some people can even be an expert at operations and take boring lackluster photos. Capturing the essence of you, your family or important events in your life will take a discerning eye. Good photography is an art. In the same way, not everyone using a paintbrush can produce a masterpiece, not everyone holding a camera can produce memorable captivating images.
On the other hand, you can have a budding photographer with a great eye and much promise that lacks the skill and equipment or even the discipline to schedule and show up for appointments. There are just no do-overs for some life events. Photography can be a hobby or a business. When it comes to a wedding, birth, party, or another special event, it’s worth the money to hire a professional.
A trained professional with experience and the right equipment can capture the emotion and otherwise unnoticed beauty that an untrained eye could miss. Not to mention, that a seasoned photographer has learned to choose the perfect setting, props, focus, best angles, and most importantly lighting. A photograph is capturing a moment in time. Some moments are not worth the risk.
A true professional will have a happy client list. It pays to read reviews and look at their portfolio. Many photographers specialize in specifics like weddings, family, newborns or portraits.
You can get a buddy to take your photos and they might (big might) turn out. If you are really wanting quality prints and images that will scream beautiful, it’s best to forgo the risk. Find a professional photographer that can produce a beautiful moment in time on canvas that is worth the investment and cause your friends to ask, “Who’s your photographer”.