Photography career may seem glamorous from the outside, and although I truly love what I do (otherwise I wouldn't be doing it) I can assure you there’s another side to the coin. Just as I wouldn’t know much about specifics of a doctor’s or mechanic's job, I do not expect for anyone to know about what day to day is like for a person of my profession, therefore I'd like to take a minute to lift a curtain on the matter.
Today I want to dive into a rather sensitive topic: pricing for professional photography services.
As someone who has been in photography industry for 13 years I can attest just how expensive it can get to actually BE a photographer, even as a hobbyist. But to have photography as a career involves a whole different level of expenses. So let's expand on that first...
So you need a photographer. You go to your computer and Google to find a local one. Multitude of names comes up. How do you choose?
It’s not an easy task, so I decided to write this post with the aim of making the process of choosing a photographer more comfortable for you. There are some vital considerations that you should factor into your decision-making process and I'll go over the most important ones below.
One of the most common objections portraits photographers hear on the daily is "I don't like photos of myself" and "what am I going to do with all of these photos"? As a result people avoid being photographed or opt to taking selfies on their cellphone, which often don't do justice to their actual appearance - mostly due to camera distortion or poor lighting.
I get it, we all know how to find flaws in ourselves and wish we looked like so and so (insert name of a celebrity). But I am here to tell you that everyone can look amazing in their portraits and here's why they're important.
1. Document your life. Ideally it's good to have your portrait taken when you're turning 16, when you go to a prom, when you start a new job, when you're getting married, when you are expecting your first child, when you become a mom or dad... etc, etc.. or for absolutely no reason - simply because you feel good about yourself. I believe everyone has a story worth hearing and everyone deserves to be captured and seen.