Today I want to talk to you about why it is important to hire a professional to create those memories of your families legacy for you. Let’s look at how an infants life can be captured by a portrait artist then he is memorialized at ages one and two and three and so on. Then it comes time for that all important family photo. Next is the coming of age photo’s at your youth’s senior portrait time. Then on to the special day of there wedding you plan a lifetime for. And, again back to your babies first child.
Generational images get created over time and that creates a lifelong documentation of your family. This is how a professional can become more than just a way to get photo’s that you put in an album or stuff in a drawer. Professionals create imagery that you want to showcase though out your home.
Professional photographers do more than take pictures: they use their training and experience to consistently capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments. If you’ve ever used a professional photographer, you understand that. But, how do you find a professional photographer that’s right for you? Here are some of the important questions to ask:
If the answer is “yes,” ask as many questions as you like to determine if the relationship is right for you. If the answer is “no,” however, do not pass GO! Simply find another photographer. What happens if you hire a friend of a friend and he trips, injuring himself or breaking his brand new camera? When facing large medical bills, people sue easily! You need to be protected.
Pretend that you’re on a job interview, but this time you’re the one doing the hiring. Don’t be shy about asking your photographer these questions:
• How long have you been a professional photographer?
• Where did you get your photography training?
• What professional photographic associations do you belong to?
Professional photographers abide to a strict code of ethics and have unique skills and training in the artistry and technology of creating beautiful images that reflect exactly the images you want to portray.
A true professional will have no problem offering as many references as you need from previous clients, partners and even fellow photographers. Be sure to call the references and find out their take on the photographer. Here are some questions to ask:
• What made you decide to hire this photographer?
• Did the photographer capture the mood of your event in his or her photos?
• Did the photographer give you photos that met your expectations?
• How did you find this particular photographer?
Ask to see samples from an entire photography session or a collection of photographs from many different sessions to get a sense of the depth of a photographer’s work. This will show you how creative the photographer is and tell you if he or she is consistently good… or just lucky every now and then.
It is a great deal of work finding a professional that you feel comfortable with and it should be someone you are comfortable enough with that you would have a lifelong business relationship. Like after your wedding you have your children’s portraits done, your families portraits done your senior high school students images created all with the same professional.
Studio Xandra has photographed a generation of children and we are currently photographing there weddings events and children’s portraits. It is a great feeling to know your clientele so well that you are friends. Friends create better work because they are invested in the outcome so let’s be friends. Call or e-mail Studio Xandra and let’s start a lifelong friendship that leads to Capturing the Legacy of your family for years to come. Till then…Peace, Happiness, and Ice Cream ~Xandra