Photographers cost money and good photographers cost even more. So, it can be quite tempting to think that you – or perhaps a friend who is a hobby photographer and has a decent camera – can get some great shots of your event without having to pay a professional to do it. However, this may be a big mistake. There’s a reason that a photographer charges for what he or she does; it’s because they know what they’re doing. Expert photography isn’t just an exercise in ‘point and click’ and hope for the best.
Having said this; we have provided you with a hand full of some great reasons why you should always hire a professional for your events.
Experience is key when it comes to photography. A professional events photographer will know, for example, how to deal with the weather. If it’s a cloudy day, or a sunny one, they have the experience needed to ensure that perfect shot. They know where to get people to stand so that shadows don’t obscure faces. They will know which aperture to set their camera to, and how to take that photo that you – and everyone else – will love. How do they know how to do all of this when an amateur doesn’t? Experience. Experienced professional photographers will have seen it all (or a lot of it at least) and they can work quickly so that not a single shot is missed.
A professional photographer will always have everything they need to get the job done. They not only do it right, but do it well. They will have a high-quality camera to start with – and they’ll probably have a backup camera too. They’ll also have a variety of different lenses and lighting equipment to ensure that every shot is absolutely perfect. While it’s possible to get some good shots on a standard camera, or even a smartphone, nothing beats the shots that a photographer can get with their high-quality, state of the art camera and accessories.
Get the Best Out of People
One of the skills that a professional photographer will pick up over the years is how to put people at ease in front of the camera. Not everyone loves having their photo taken, but at a special event it’s important, even essential, to make sure that everyone is captured digitally. A professional can deal with the most reluctant of subjects to get them smiling happily in no time. It’s all part of the job.
A Mix of Shots
When you think of photographs for your event, are you thinking posed or candid? Which one is best? With a professional photographer you can have both as they will know how to take the right shot at the right time. They may even come with an additional photographer to ensure that nothing is missed. Posed shots are lovely for remembering the more formal aspects of your events, but the candid shots are the fun ones, the ones that really tell you what it was like. It would be a shame to miss out on one or the other because the people taking photos don’t know how to do it properly.
But That’s Not All…
Once the event is over, the photographer’s job continues. They need to sort through potentially hundreds of photographs, picking out the ones that are best. They need to then re-touch them, enhance them, make them even better than they were (which is saying something when a professional is involved). This skill is not something that everyone has, and the software required to do it is quite expensive unless you take photos for a living.
So, there you have it. If you’re still on the fence about choosing an amateur, hobbyist or a professional, why not get in touch with us.