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A dad introducing his new daughter to the world. Hello little one!

A lot has changed since I started this journey a year ago. I started with a canon rebel kit and some library literature on photography, taking photos of my children and friends. I've spent a lot of time and have learned so much since then, and know there is still so much more to discover. I started with the capability of only taking photographs outdoors in good light.

The first photo I took and edited with my new DSLR camera on Manual settings

Now I have my own in-home studio (complete with lights, backdrops, stands, etc.) and a legal, taxable, and insured business taking photographs for strangers. I have the capability of taking photos in any light settings. But the business is not exactly what I had imagined. I had assumed it would be easy to enter this over-saturated market of photography, but I consistently must market my business and frequently find people willing to sacrifice quality for cost or quantity. People search for "cheap" photographers who "don't cost an arm and a leg." I'm especially baffled by this sentiment for wedding photos. Many people are willing to spend more on a cake than the photographer, who would be delivering all the images that you will still be looking at in 80 years.

Why hire a good photographer?

As a photographer, I often see people searching online for an affordable photographer, and many responses are, "take your own photos on your phone." These sentiments sadden me. It de-values photography as an art, and I'm sorrowed by the thought that people don't print large family photos to hang on their walls anymore. We've moved into an age of online socializing, and with this and the ever-available cameras on phones, people have lost their appreciation for quality portraits.

"You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life." - Joan Miro

There is a huge difference in the quality of images produced by a professional photographer vs your phone. While some phones can produce images with a large enough megapixel capacity to print, the phone [or camera], on auto settings, will not consistently deliver photos with the best optimization of lighting in the aperture you desire. A photographer who shoots on manual is able to change how blurred the background, whether movement should be portrayed, and is better able to capture the perfect amount of shadows. Photographers with experience are able to pose subjects to achieve the best body image while still maintaining that "unposed" look. Genuine smiles and laughter are effortless when you have a photographer who can capture these beautiful moments for you.

This is not to say, however, that it's impossible to take good photos yourself. I have some of my own favorite photos that I've taken on my iPhone. But for those family portraits to display on your wall: hire a photographer. You're guaranteed beautiful frame-worthy photos that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

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