It’s amazing how 2013 has flown by. Mind you I could have done without the two surgeries but after the last set of injections I have to say I’m doing quite well. I’m on the mend and ready for the holidays. Or at least mentally I am. I’m sure you’re all planning that amazing Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping trip already. If you don’t know me then you don’t know what a crazy all out Black Friday shopper I am. I’m already writing out my holiday list along with my holiday to-do list. I’m scanning the online ads and counting down. I know I’m crazy but that’s why you love me :-) !
On there once again I find “family photos” and holiday cards on my to-do holiday list. I’m sure allot of you find the same items on yours too. Now I know with the easy access to digital cameras that it would be just so easy to do the photos yourself or call “aunt sally” to come press the button. But STOP and listen to me for a second on why you should not just have “aunt sally” press the button.
Now as a photographer I could easily setup my camera and set the self timer. But that just causes me way too much stress ! I actually hire a professional , Images by Amber. To do our family photos. But why ? Because I know that Amber is skilled in the fine art of posing. She’ll make us laugh and get those funny expressions and the cute photos that otherwise wouldn’t get captured.
A professional photographer is also going to make sure that your outfits coordinate and that the pose you are doing makes you look slimming. As a woman I am very self conscious about my figure and weight. The worst thing is to look at a photo and think ” I look like i’m 30 lbs over weight” . As a professional we make sure that you’re at ease , your outfits coordinate and you look amazing.
There are also the little things like having experience with taking family photos or even wedding portraits that come into play. I spend my fall between October and December juggling weddings and family portraits. In Arizona this is prime wedding season. You’ll find me many weekends running from one family session to a wedding. No wonder I’m frazzled by January 1st :-) .
We also have spent time and money learning our editing software, investing in classes on developing new photography skills to make your photos look amazing and then lastly we’ve invested thousand’s of dollars on backdrops , camera , lenses , flashes , off camera lighting , props. There are many reasons that go un-thought of when it’s time to decide to hire a professional or do it yourself.
So, before you ask aunt sally to be your Holiday Photographer seriously consider what you’re getting for the price. Memories can’t be re-created and I’m a huge advocate for capturing those memories and freezing them in time in the best quality ! Make sure that you have the best of family photos.
This Holiday season choose a quality family photographer for your holiday memories !
xoxo ~ Sammantha-Maria