Why you should hire a professional photographer to do your events

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to hire someone to photograph your event, consider these reasons:

Let’s say the event is a family reunion and you want to get a group photo of the whole family. You could do it yourself, but one of two things could happen then.

A) You have someone take the photo for you, leaving a family member out of the photo because they had to take it. This could possibly offend that person or make them feel awkward for being excluded. Or

B) You set a timer on your camera. This can be problematic because there are so many people in the photo that you will need to take several images to make sure everyone is looking and has their eyes open. You will have to take two to three times as long to get the photos done because you’ll have to keep resetting the timer, and you still might not have gotten the shot. Hiring a professional will eliminate all of this stress.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go around all night taking selfies with my phone or camera with all of my friends and family members. I would much prefer to relax and enjoy the moment instead of trying to capture it. The quality of the photos will be much better than the selfies. Also, trying to take a selfie with a group of people is next to impossible when trying to get everyone inside the frame.

If the event is a birthday party, you don’t want to miss out on visiting with guests or helping your child open presents or cut the cake because you are too busy trying to take the photos. You want to be part of the action, not stuck behind the camera.

Another great thing about hiring a professional is that you don’t have to worry about editing and distributing the photos after the event is over. You just have to wait to receive them from your photographer.

Finally, it’s really a gift to have well lit photographs taking by a professional who preserve the memory of your event. Those images are going to be cherished by everyone for a very long time to come.

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Tip’s for planning the PERFECT Engagement Session

If you want your pictures to really showcase your love story, I have some ideas to help you plan the perfect engagement session. Let me help you prepare for your session by sending me over the answers to the following questions:

  • Where did you first meet?

If you want to add some sentimental value to your session, tell me about how you first met. If it was at a local place, we can stop by during your session and recreate the scene.

  • What do you like to do together?

What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing together? This will help us to create memorable photos for you. Do you love riding your bikes together or racing model airplanes? Do you go to the park and push each other on the swings or playing laser tag together? Tell us your hobbies and we will try to incorporate them.

  • Where/how did he propose?

We would love to recreate this moment for you during your session. This is the moment you decided to spend the rest of your lives together. This is important, especially if we were not able to capture this moment as it was actually happening. We want you to be able to share your proposal story with photos to go along with it!

  • What are your common interests?

By informing us of your interests, we can add a more personal touch to your photos. Are you both fans of the same sports team? Are you really into comic books or video games? Do you work in the same profession?

  • Do you have any pets together?

If so, they make a perfect addition to your session. We welcome your pets in your e-session.

  • Do you have ‘a spot’?

You know that place where you always wind up going on date night? Where was your first kiss? What is your favorite hang out spot? Tell us your favorite go-to locations and we can check them out to see if they would be good spots for a photo shoot.

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How to have the best photo session with your kids!

Your session is right around the corner! Are you ready? I’ve prepared a checklist of things for you to remember in order to make sure your child is prepared for their big day!

  1. Don’t forget to feed your child before the session. Also, pack snacks just in case hunger strikes again while we’re shooting.
  2. Bring more than one outfit. Make sure you always have backup clothes just in case. And we suggest that you don’t change your child into their session clothing until after you have fed her. Also, be very careful with drinks, as well – only clear liquids in a safe cup.
  3. Let your child help when picking out their clothes for the session (unless they have a hideous sense of fashion.) By letting your child wear his favorite shirt or shoes, etc. this will help him feel more comfortable. If his choice of clothing is awful or doesn’t match, see if you can use that shirt as an undershirt or tell him he can put it on for a couple of shots at the end of the session.  
  4. If you have a young child, try to schedule the session around their naptime so they will be well rested and happy for photos.
  5. Have a bribe in place. Bring fruit snacks, candy, a toy, etc. and let them know that if they cooperate they will get said bribery. Some parents have bribed their children by telling them if they are good, they can watch Netflix on Mommy or Daddy’s phone. Use whatever you think will work for your child to motivate him to cooperate.
  6. Bring along their favorite toy or blanket. This will help your child be comfortable in a new, unfamiliar surrounding. Just be aware that this will probably become a prop in some of the photos, so bring something that is pleasing to the eyes or has sentimental value and you’d be okay with photos of it.                         
  7. Talk to your child about the session and explain what’s going to happen. If your child is informed about the situation, it will be less scary for her or him when they come to the session. Tell them that they are going to meet a new friend who is going to take some pictures. Let them know that you’ll be there with them and that we are going to have lots of fun. We might change their clothes once or twice and ask them to sit a certain way. During the session, we can show them a couple of the photos so they can put two and two together 
  8. Bring Grandma (or someone else your child loves). Bringing along reinforcements is always a good plan. If grandma lives close by, or if your child’s favorite uncle has the day off of work, bring him or her with you. You can use this family member to help get your child to relax and laugh. 
  9. Wear sturdy shoes. It is a good idea to wear good, sturdy shoes to a session like this, as i’s challenging to chase a little one around in flip-flops or heels. During the session, I may ask you to grab your child if they keep running out of the frame. Or I may have us walking around exploring, so we need to be prepared to keep our feet safe and comfortable. 

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