There are a lot of reasons why you should choose an experienced photographer for your family photos and I’m going to cover these points below in more detail:
- They know how to expertly use a camera
- Your images will be edited beautifully
- They will evoke genuine emotion and laughter
- They can help you prepare
- Your photographer knows the best locations
- They can help with styling
- You can borrow from their client closet so you don’t have to purchase clothing
- They have the best gear
- They can help make the experience fun and low stress
There are so many advantages to hiring a professional family photographer, rather than trying to take them yourself or asking your friend to snap a few photos with your phone. Someone with the proper training who has been photographing families for years will be able to provide truly beautiful photographs, a fun experience, and help with so many of those small details that you might not even think of – think grabbing baby toes, close ups of your child in your arms, and peekaboo over your shoulder to name a few.
When you hire a photographer, they understand how to use their camera properly
A professional photographer will know how to maximize the settings in their camera to create amazing results. Your friend might have a professional camera but they may not know how to expertly use it. Putting it on auto mode is not going to produce the same results as shooting in manual mode.
A professional family photographer knows how to beautifully edit your images
Photography isn’t just about taking nice photos, it’s also largely about the editing that turns that photo into something amazing. The way that photographers edit their photos will make a very big difference in the final product. No editing at all will leave you with flat photos that just don’t seem very dynamic. Different photographers have their own styles so make sure to check out their portfolio first to make sure you like how they edit their images.
A trained photographer knows how to get real emotion and genuine smiles out of your family
If your photographer is passionate about what they do, then they have most likely spent thousands of dollars on photography education that specifically teaches how to evoke emotion and make the experience fun for everyone. Sometimes it’s through games, other times they might give you room to just be together and do your own thing while your photographer documents all the little details of your family’s interactions. Someone who isn’t a professional will probably just tell you to “smile” and “say cheese”, and no one looks genuine when told that.
They will help you prepare
As a family photographer who has been doing this for over 10 years, I have learned how to prepare the families who work with me so everything goes smoothly. From tips on how to prepare to what to bring to the session, I cover it all. When you hire someone who has lots of experience, they will pass all their knowledge onto you for a smooth session day.
Great photographers know all the best locations
When you hire a photographer who has been photographing people in their town for years, they should have built up a long list of locations that they love shooting in. I know that my photos turn out so much better when I’m at a familiar location because I know the lighting there, and I know all the little spots that photograph beautifully. Additionally, I have a location guide full of all the best spots so my clients can choose their favourite. If you were to try and take photos on your own, you would have to do the location scouting yourself and you might not know what to look for.
They can help with styling your family
I send out a styling email to all my families which helps them to choose outfits, plus I offer styling services at no additional cost. Clients have access to an online styling tool that will put together outfit combos using available clothing for purchase online, too. Styling is one of my favourite things to do, plus it makes a huge difference in your final photos. I’ve written a lot of blog posts about styling, but if you’re interested I would suggest starting with what colours to wear to your family photos.
Your photographer may have a client closet
Another perk to hiring a professional photographer is that they may have a client closet that you can borrow from. I have a client closet with over 100 items for families to choose from and it makes it super easy for them. Just show up and I’ll bring the clothing (steamed free of wrinkles, of course).
Photographers invest in the best gear
Amazing images can be made with any gear, but having expensive gear can create sharper images and deal with sun flare better. The file sizes will also be larger and able to be blown up for bigger prints and canvases. Professional photographers also may have extra, fun items to create truly unique and artistic images.
You deserve to have beautiful images of your family and low stress
Having someone help you with all of the preparation and planning that goes into a professional photo session helps relieve a lot of the stress that comes with booking family photos. They will help to document your family and hopefully make it a fun and low stress experience for everyone!
Ready to book your own professional family photos?
If you are looking to hire your own professional family photographer here in the Toronto and the GTA area, have a look through my portfolio and make sure I’m the photographer for you. Then head over to my contact page and let me know what kind of photo session you are looking for and I will help to make it happen! I also take a select amount of travel sessions each year. And if you’re not quite ready to schedule your photos yet, follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with my seasonal offerings!
Anchor Studio Photography specializes providing a full service experience that starts with booking your session and ends with getting beautiful tangible heirloom products being displayed in your home. My style of soft, candid and timeless photos can be seen in all my maternity, newborn, child and family portraits in Greater Toronto Area, including Oakville, Mississauga, North York and Richmond Hill. If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, you can click here to book your session. I am now booking sessions for Fall 2022, so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!
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