Should I Hire A Photographer?

By JONATHAN RIMMEL

Yes. Oh, shall I elaborate? Alright if you insist. Always consider hiring a photographer for key events in your life. Photographers are much more than “that person with the camera.”

Photographers are artists, and perhaps more important, storytellers. This holds a great deal of value.

Weddings may likely be the first occasions to come to mind. A marriage is certainly an important time to capture those fleeting moments.

But additional opportunities to hire a professional photographer extend beyond weddings. What about a grandchild’s graduation? What about a portrait of your parents? A family portrait? Keep in mind, these photographs needn’t be restricted to the boring old portraits of bygone eras. In fact, they shouldn’t be. Photographs can be fun, creative, and exiting.

Give photographers freedom to express themselves through those photographs, and let loose yourself.

The resulting images will be fantastic. “But…” I hear you say, “I don’t need a photographer, I have a good camera.” Yes, and I have a top-of-the-line stove, that makes me a five-star chef. Don’t be fooled. Like anything, it’s not the equipment that matters, it’s the vision and talent behind it.

Through mastery of light and composition, photographers can make magic, capturing fleeting moments in time.

You might say they take that moment and stretch it to last years, even decades. Our physical memories can fade; the details get a little blurry. With a photograph however, those memories can remain tack sharp.

When looking around for a photographer, consider a few important points.

One: Take a look through their portfolio and be sure you like what you see. Don’t make the mistake of trying to force some specific style on a photographer. You won’t be pleased with the results. Find one whose photographic style speaks to you.

Two: Be sure your personalities mesh. Clashing personalities often lead to a steady stream of arguing, which affects the photoshoot. This is not to say, however, that you should find a photographer who agrees with you on everything. That could be equally detrimental.

Three: Remember to communicate. Be very clear (but not overbearing) about what you are looking for. Don’t make the photographer guess. Point out specific examples from their or another photographer’s portfolio.

Four: Allow yourself a budget. Why did I put this last? Because, although it’s ultimately necessary, don’t fall prey to the temptation to go with the cheapest route. You really do get what you pay for.

You should hire a photographer. Let a professional weave a beautiful visual story of key moments in your life, in your children’s lives, and your grandchildren’s lives. MSN

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