I recently read a fantastic article about the investment of professional photography. Sometimes it’s difficult to see past the dollar signs and really put a value on hiring a photographer. Plus, how in the world do you compare one studio to the next? Their packages are often very different and it’s like comparing apples to oranges. (Depends on my mood which one I like but today it’s apples!) So I thought I’d share this gem of information with you. Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:
The explosion of digital photography, online sharing, home printing, and social media over the last decade makes it easier than ever to capture those everyday (and special) moments. We are thrilled that the art of photography has become more accessible to the hobbyist. Often times our clients have top of the line gear, similar to ours, and are well versed in how to use it. But even with all of the tools and resources so widely available, and the ability to capture the every day, nothing beats the work of an accomplished professional photographer to document your family, in its entirety. Yes, we know you’ll be in some of the images at your cousin’s wedding… and of course there are all your own family milestones… but the return on the investment of capturing who you are, today, is enormous. There is so much to gain from a custom, professional photography session, one that is created specifically for you, solely for that purpose.
…..That said, high quality professional photography can be expensive – and that is because custom art commands value. Unless you have a bit of disposable income, you need to consider it as an investment the same way you would consider any other purchase for your home. You certainly don’t want to have to do it over (and pay twice!), or get less than what you expected. You should select your photographer based on their style, area of expertise, quality, reputation, brand, and your expectations for an end result.
Here are some points that we think are worth extra consideration as you plan your session:
Experience, Style, Product Portfolio, Overall Relationship and Communication Style
and Stance on “Getting the Disk”: Do not assume that getting it “all” from a digital package is the best route to go. Deciding that you need everything in a digital format is a hasty decision to make if you haven’t even shot your session. Once you view your gallery, you may instantly decide which images you must have on your walls, and which in an album, and those that you want as digital files. Don’t rule out a photographer based on their willingness (or price point) to sell a session in a digital format… trust that they have experience in pulling together collections for clients that will meet their needs. You will want to enjoy your images everyday in your home…not left on a disk in a drawer.
See the full article here: The Investment of Custom Photography (DesignAglow.com)
And because no post is complete without some pictures, here are two of my niece and nephew who I recently visited in Seattle. They’re the cutest ever, in my unbiased opinion of course.