5 reasons you MUST have your family photos taken by a professional

In the age of camera phones, we are now bombarded with pictures all day, everyday. Your cousin's sushi on Instagram, your best friend's daughter taking her first steps on snapchat, or a selfie from that girl from high school who...actually who is that girl-- you don't even know her! With a camera now at our disposal 24/7, why would you even need to hire a professional? BECAUSE YOU DO. Trust me. Or you could read this article first, and then trust me.

One day, when you are looking at your framed, over filtered, underexposed, over dramatic, underwhelming family photo on the wall, you're going to think, "Man! I wish I had hired a professional!".

Or maybe you've invested in a really nice camera. Maybe you know how to use it. Maybe you're even a photographer yourself. Maybe you think this doesn't apply to you. I am here to tell you, as a photographer myself, THIS STILL APPLIES TO YOU. Ok I'm yelling. I'm gonna cool my shorts and calmly explain myself.

I know what you're thinking. "But...you are a photographer. Is this just some shameless self promotion or WHAT dude." NO! Okay maybe a little *(cough cough Love Haight Photography cough cough)*. No but really. Why should you trust me?

Because, my friends, I practice what I preach. I am a photographer who hires photographers. Why? I am SO glad you asked.

1. They know what they're doing.

Seems pretty simple, and it is. But the truth is we don't really think about it much. When you're getting your family's picture taken there is SO much going on. You want to make sure everyone is paying attention, everyone is smiling, and everyone is looking in the right direction. You also want to make sure that your chin is lifted (to avoid the dreaded double chin), your arms are slightly raised (no one wants Popeye arms in a sundress) and you attempt to relax your face enough so that the vein in your forehead relaxes a little...(just me?). Let's face it that's a lot of work. So there isn't a whole lot of time to think of, say....lighting, composition, exposure, white balance, etcetera...etcetera. Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to think about any of that? I agree. Let's let someone else deal with ALL of that.

2. It's their job to make you look good.

This one is HUGE. A good photographer will accentuate the positive. They know all the right angles, and if something isn't working, they will tell you. No photographer ever wants to hear "I hate the way I look!", and they will do everything in their power to avoid hearing it. Also, your photographer will be taking SO many pictures. This means that if there are shots where your eyes are closed, or your chin is non-existent, or your forehead vein is VERY prominent (I may have a complex here...)--those photos most likely will not make the cut. Maybe a blooper-reel if your photog has a sense of humor.

3. They are faster than you.

A good photographer is a Ninja. They will catch that amazing moment when all the stars align-- everyone looks perfect, everyone is looking at the camera... everyone is happy! They will catch that beautiful moment where your 2 year old takes a breather from blowing raspberries and looks at you adoringly...that moment you didn't even know they were paying attention to... that moment that could have slipped through the cracks. And guess what...everyone is properly exposed too! Your photographer is there to catch moments that you can't (because you are IN those moments). You don't ever have to yell "GRAB THE CAMERA! QUICK!" Because, guess what... that beautiful memory has already been captured and you didn't even have to think about it. And it probably looks great. Like, all professional and stuff.

4. They do all the work.

Editing photos can be grueling. Hours and hours spent going through photos, adding artistic flare, organizing, uploading. Making sure each photo is completely and utterly perrrrrrrfect. You might be thinking "Wait...but I don't ever do that." EXACTLY GUYS. Nobody has time for that. That's what your photographer is for. They aren't just organizing some Instagram pics for a quick photo book. Each photo is a MASTERPIECE. Why settle for mediocre when you could have a family photo that is ART? I don't know guys, I can't think of any reasons.

5. It's FUN!

This is the most important reason to go get professional photos taken. It's so much fun. You're not just taking a portrait of your family here, you're a part of something bigger. You are the star of your own story. You are putting yourself in front of the camera, and just BEING with your family while letting someone else capture one of the most valuable things in the world-- your memories. Oh, and they are probably doing it REALLY well. Because, they are ninjas. I mean professionals. :)

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