Why Choose a Professional Photographer Over a Friend Who is a Keen Amateur?
We live in the digital age; an exciting era in which we can share what we want with whom we want – and that includes our photos.
It’s great, seeing far-flung places through the eyes of our friends or their quirky take on life but there is a danger that lurks beneath. Everyone is confident in their photo taking capabilities and that means they think they can be the professional-type photographer at any event, from a wedding to a christening to PR shots for your business.
After all, phones have fantastic cameras that have taken award-winning photographs, so why spend the money on a professional photographer, passing over your mate who takes a fairly decent picture?
The Benefits of Working with a Professional Photographer
In a nutshell, professional photographers have the knowledge, the skills, the creative edge and the kit it takes to do the job properly…
- Professional equipment – taking fantastic photographs is not about luck, but about understanding how light affects the subject, getting the composition right and so on. To get a great photo, a professional photographer will have the professional kit needed. Smartphone cameras have limits.
- Creative Edge – professional photographers do not ‘point and shoot’ as we do with our camera phones. They see photogenic opportunities in the surroundings, the location and the event. They bring a creative edge that others would struggle to see. Photographers also specialise in certain aspects of photography, such as family or shots of children, or corporate photography.
- Experience – a professional photographer has crafted their art over many years and through many different experiences. They have created stunning photography using all kinds of conditions and techniques. Why wouldn’t you choose this kind of experience and ability to create the photos of your event that you want?
- Can work in various lighting conditions etc. – important for any event, is the lighting of the photographs. Indoor venues can have poor lighting or rely on colours not commonplace in nature. In an outdoor event, the shifting clouds and glare of the sun can make the lighting of subjects and shots difficult. But a professional photographer has the kit and the experience to be able to deal with all these conditions, creating fantastic photo memories of the day.
There are guarantees when working with a professional photographer, and you are unlikely to be disappointed with the finished product. But if you place such a heavy responsibility on the shoulders of a friend, and the results are not what you want, what happens then…?
Don’t place your friendship at risk. Hire a professional photographer for your event. It will allow you to get the photos you want without risk of damaging a great friendship – and it will also allow your friend to enjoy the event as a guest!