How many of you have even seen a photo online, try to recreate it and are unhappy with the results? A finished photo has more to it then meets the eye. You see not only does the photographer have to think of lighting, positioning, etc. while taking the photo, they also have to think how they will edit it after. Editing can take hours on just one photo.
Often times I hear people say, they don’t want to pay a lot for a photographer. They think that just anyone can take photos and achieve the same results. Usually they are not very happy when they get their photos back. Here is some reasons why.
As a photographer, I wanted to share a before and after photo of a baby. If you look closely at these images you will see many differences. Since this was a very young client, I traveled to their home to make everyone involved more comfortable. When doing this I have no idea what color walls, lighting, flooring, etc. this house has and the same goes if it is an outdoor location. As I enter my mind starts working, I have to look around and try to find the best location for photos. I then look for inspirations, what would look good in a photo. It could be props, backdrops, textures, etc. Sometimes I even help with fashion advice!
From there, patience is key, each client young or grown has different difficulties when it comes to being photographed. This is where your photographer either becomes another mom, comedian, or just a fly on the wall, whatever will make you comfortable in front of the lens.
Now I start to photograph, you might think this is the easy part. Guess again. I am climbing ladders, laying on the ground, holding a decently heavy and expensive camera, changing lens, directing you, making you smile naturally, thinking about what positions work well, and taking a ton of photos among other things. After a session, not only is my camera dead but I feel like I am as well. But it doesn’t end there.
After a session I go home upload hundreds if not thousands of photos and start to weed through them all. Deleting the ones you may have blinked in and thinking about how and where I will need to edit them. Now that I have narrowed it down, editing takes place. It usually takes on average about hour for each photo. Then I have to burn them to a disk and run to the post office to mail the finished piece. I tried to do all of this in the quickest amount of time that I can because I know my clients are looking forward to seeing that finished results. Then I still have to take time to update my blog and facebook pages with these photos so they can share with their family and friends.
The next time you are a little unsure if you want to hire a photographer, think of all you are getting along with those finished photos.
As a photographer, I love and enjoy the whole process and by no means is this a negative rant. I think often times with any job, if we aren’t familiar with it, it may look easy at first until we learn all the aspects to it. So if you are looking for that amazing finished image, I along with many other photographers would love to help you achieve it!