Why Should You Hire a Studio Photographer?14 Apr 2015, Posted by studio photographer in
The Benefits of Using a Studio Photographer
Well, why should you? After all, a studio photography is expensive and with all the really good cameras being made, anyone can take great pictures. Heck, even a cell phone can take decent shots, so why bother hiring a professional studio photographer? What are you actually getting for spending all that money? Paper, ink, CDs and flash drives are not THAT expensive.
When you hire a professional studio photographer, you are getting MUCH more than pieces of paper and/or plastic, you are getting the years of experience that the studio photographer has, experience that enables that photographer to create images that are going to show how special your family is or how wonderful your product or business is. A quality professional studio photographer is going to have the equipment needed to create your images and know how to use that equipment. Now keep in mind that they may not have a storefront studio, however they will be able to transfer your space into a studio or have access to a studio space.
How Do You Tell?
Good question! A quality professional studio photographer will have a portfolio of images that you can puruse but better yet, they will have references that they have done work for that can attest to the quality of photography and how well the photographer worked for them. Unfortunately, it is very easy for someone to buy a camera, set up a Facebook page and call themselves a professional photographer. Asking for references can help weed out the people who may not be a good fit for the photography you are looking for. Another thing to consider is that someone who is doing studio photography professionally is going to have liability insurance (this is important is you are hiring for an event, many locations require that venders have insurance) just in case something goes wrong. Also if they are photographing an event, they will arrive with extra equipment just in case something goes wrong with their main set of gear. The last thing you want to see at your event is the photographer unboxing their camera. That shows that they are not familiar with their equipment and don’t even know if it is going to function correctly. A professional rarely purchases something new on their way to photograph a job; the last thing they want to do is introduce a variable that could not go the way they want it to.
Another way to tell if the person you are talking to is a quality professional studio photographer is if they have this logo: on their website and other marketing materials. What that means is that they have passed a written exam and a portfolio review proving that their work is to a high quality standard and that is it consistently to that standard. This does not mean that if someone doesn’t have this logo, you should pass them by, it is just a professional standard that some photographers have achieved including this writer. If the photographer that you are considering has their website featured on http://stopstealingphotos.com/ , run away, the person is not honest and is using someone else’s work to represent themselves.
You Can Have It Fast, Good Or Cheap …
Generally, these three do not combine when it comes to photography. Good does not go with cheap. Fast can go with good but there is going to be a premium price for the speed. Cheap and fast pretty much equals a mess. Granted, you are not going to hire a studio photographer for every single thing in your life but for those times that matter, be it a once in a lifetime event, a milestone family portrait, your business products, facility or professional portrait, do yourself a favor and hire the professional. You will be glad you did!
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