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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*Thanks Adriana Oyarzun for our amazing family photos!