I mean, let's face it. With today's technology, why would you pay a photographer to do what you do everyday with your amazing smart phone? The cost alone of your phone (that is only good for a a couple years) can do the job right? Wrong! Oh geez! So totally wrong! A photo shoot is an investment, but it's an investment that lasts a lifetime. Don't get me wrong, most of my everyday family pictures are done with my trusty iPhone! But when it comes to those official family pictures (the ones that will be hung on our walls), there's nothing like booking a family session with my favorite photographer friends!
There are so many reasons why hiring a professional photographer is totally worth that investment.
1. Say Cheese Mom!
Hey mom, yeah you! Aren't you tired of taking selfies with your kids just to get in your family pictures (and having to take it 5 times to get that perfect angle to avoid the double chin or blinking eyes)? Yeah me too! That's why this is reason number uno for booking that family session! Your photographer takes the guesswork out of trying to get your kids and YOU in the right "pose" for that picture you are dying for! And big bonus, in a family session, the photographer worries about how you look, not you!
2. Getting some extra QT as a family
A family session is meant to capture your family's essence. To document the life you're living right now. Our lives as parents are hectic right? Always some place to go or something to do, sports, activities, play dates, school activities... the list could go on forever! So, booking that family photo session means slowing down and prioritizing those family memories for years to come.
3. Capturing the NOW
Time changes us... for the better some would say right? But kids don't stay kids forever. You blink and they are teenagers. So, hiring that photographer to get that session in is essential! These are memories that your kids will be able to look back on with their kids! Capturing milestones or just another day in this crazy life will create more memories that you will be able to cherish for years to come!
4. Makes for great gifts
Booking that session for you is awesome, you get all of what I said before... but... BONUS! The grandparents would LOVE a canvas with their grandbabies on it. Or a framed picture of the entire family after a family reunion? Christmas cards... I can go on! Make that session last and give yourself the gift that keeps on giving! Win-Win!
5. You are booking a professional
Ok, so your cousin Joey has this camera and it's free so why not right? You do you! I'm not going to fight you on this one. But that phrase, "you get what you pay for", yeah, that hits home right about now! In hiring any photographer, remember, you get what you pay for. There is a large variety of photographers out there, ready to capture those family moments. But just be ready with questions and make sure their work is what you love! When you find that look that you just can't do without, know that that photographer has worked long long long hours perfecting themselves and taking the time to get your family session just right! You don't just pick up a camera and know what you are doing. It takes time and a lot of training! You are paying for quality, knowing that you will be able to print that family picture through a pro lab and get the best possible quality for that picture to last (unlike that phone you've been using)!
(this is me... your trusty professional Storyteller)
Photo by Jessica Liane Photography
6. Getting beautiful images of your family without the stress of doing it all yourself
Most photographers help you with all of the preparation and planning (what to wear, location...) that goes into a family photo session and helps relieve a lot of the stress that comes with the whole picture taking process. The fact that you are not the one telling your child to smile, they usually listen better, and if they don't, oh well, makes for some fun pictures anyway! A photographer will help guide your family and make it a fun and low stress experience for everyone! Just let go and let yourself get lost in the moment with the one's you love the most :)
7. You are on a Florida vacation and want to capture beautiful memories
You have planned an amazing family Disney World or Universal Studios vacation to Orlando or at the beach with the whole family. Everyone is having a great time, the weather is beautiful, you are in this amazing Disney World or Universal Studio resort... it's the perfect time and place for family pictures. No stress finding that perfect location... you are already there! Beautiful beach settings, trees and cute little ice cream parlours... I mean why not take advantage of it right?
8. Because it's the Holidays
This one's a no brainer! We know that the last 3 months of the year are a photographer's busiest season! Christmas minis, fall sessions... We want to get all of those holiday feels in our family portraits. So this is obviously a great reason to book your session, but make sure you book in advance! Especially if you have a particular photographer in mind! We book up quick!
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