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Why You Shouldn’t Book a Photographer On Price Alone | Bay Area Photographer

Jul 3, 2021

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I’ll be the first to admit I like a bargain.  I shop at the outlet mall to avoid paying full price, and I love finding coupons.  But I also believe there are times when you shouldn’t skimp.  Hiring a photographer is one of those times.  

When you decide to have a family photography session, you are making an investment.  Whether you choose wall art, prints, or albums, you are investing in heirlooms that will be enjoyed for years to come.

I want to share a true story with you.  For years, I’ve taken all of our family photos using a tripod and timer.  But to be honest, the images lacked the emotion and connection that I strive for.  When we moved to California 2 1/2 years ago, all of our kids were here visiting together, and it was the perfect time to hire a photographer to capture our family.  I had this vision of our family in the middle of the Redwoods!

Being new to the area, I didn’t know any photographers, so I turned to Google.  Google is a great way to find a photographer, but you still have to do your homework.  I found someone on a photography blog that charged $200.  She didn’t have a website, and that should have been my first clue that, while she might be a photographer, she wasn’t a professional.

Well, the day came, and we met for our session.  It was a disaster.  I’ll spare you all of the details; just let me say that I was so disappointed when I saw our images.  They weren’t professional quality and were no better than what I could have taken with an iPhone.  

What I was really disappointed about was that our kids had returned to their homes and lives, and there was no do-over.   

So how did I let this happen?  I’ve written blogs on how to hire a photographer.  I knew what to look for and the questions to ask.  But I, too, made the mistake of looking for a bargain. 

Luckily, this past year we were able to get all four kids here again, and I hired a fantastic photographer who captured us just as I envisioned.  Did I pay more than $200?  Yep, a lot more.  But you know what?  It was worth every penny, and I treasure those images.

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