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Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer


Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer

With the current digital camera market and smart phones that take such good photos, is there really a reason to hire a professional photographer? Below are just some of the reasons why a pro is a better choice. 

1.     An expensive camera does not automatically result in photographic skills. Just because your friend, co-worker, or relative has a high-speed, top quality digital camera doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing behind the camera. While quality equipment does help the average consumer improve their photography game, a professional photographer offers an artistic approach, creative eye and experience that cannot be purchased at a camera store.

2.     Professional equipment has its perks. Shooting with top of the range cameras and professional lighting equipment helps us to take the best shots, even in less than optimal circumstances. Capturing low light, nighttime and even high-speed action shots can be tricky for the amateur photographer but a professional knows what’s required to capture those types of shots. 

3.    Posing is our thing. Ever tried to get friends and relatives, including kids, to stay still and pose for a big group shot? It’s easier said than done. Need a little inspiration for your own special portraits? A professional photographer can help. Photographers perform these tasks sometimes daily, so they have perfected the skills required to get the best results while making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera.

4.     They’re hired. Using a friend or family member to take your photos could mean missed moments. A professional photographer is exclusively hired to capture the day and won’t miss out on photos because they’re chatting with the other guests, grabbing a drink or dancing. Hiring a professional photographer guarantees you capture as many perfect moments as possible.

5.     The end result is part of the process. Professional photographers not only capture your photos, they also edit and retouch images in order to achieve a beautiful finished product. They can also assist with extras such as albums, custom prints and canvases. 


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6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos

6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos

From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you. If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.

1.     Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.

2.     Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.

3.     Facing the camera. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.

4.     Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.

5.     Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.

6.     Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face.  This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos.  If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minues before & after sunset.  Unless it’s an overcast day, we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on your face.

As much as the above tips will help you during your professional photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.




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Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding Planning Tips

Yay! You're engaged and ready to start wedding planning! As soon as you have a ring on your finger, people want to know all of the details of your wedding; have you set a date, where will it be held, or how big is your bridal party? Wedding planning is supposed to be fun and exciting, but at times it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you through the planning process! 

Tip 1: Set a Budget: This is one of the most important things that you and your fiancee need to decide early on. Once you set a budget, you need to stick to it. Take it a step further and break it down by how much you want to spend on each vendor. This will help when you receive quotes and meet with vendors to stay within the budget you allocated. 

Tip 2: Set Priorities and Deadlines: Make a list of what items need to happen and in the order they should occur. Once you've set a budget, the next item that you and your partner should be working on is deciding on a venue. Once you have a venue, and you've picked a date, then you start searching for other important vendors such as photography and a planner. 

Tip 3: Ask for Help: This is one of the biggest moments in your life and if you are planning your wedding on your own, don't be afraid to ask friends and family for help. They would be more than willing to lend a helping hand. 

Tip 4: Be Selective With Your Guest List: This is an area where you want to really make sure that  the people who will be attending the wedding are the people you want there and not because you feel obligated to invite them. If you are only inviting close family and friends, that's ok. You also don't have to give every single person a plus one. You can have a no kids wedding, or only ones invited are in the bridal party. All of these decisions are entirely up to you. I suggest making an A, B, and C list of guest invites. The A list are the ones that have to be there, the B list is people would like to and the C list is if there is room in the budget. This is an area where you can save some money by the number of people you invite. 

Tip 5: Take Your Time: Wedding Planning takes time. In the beginning when you decide on date, pick a venue, then all a lot of the planning goes on hold until closer to your wedding date. Take the time to enjoy being engaged and go out on dates. It's also a great idea to practice self-care and make sure you are taking time together with your partner, but also some time for yourself! 

Hope you enjoyed these tips and happy planning!