Reasons not to hire a Family Photographer! | Next Chapter Photography

Reasons not to hire a Family Photographer!

You’ve got a good camera on your smart phone, so why hire a family photographer? I agree! “Wait, what?” – Bare with me here..
Smart phone cameras get better every year, shockingly so and I’ll put my hands up, I largely use my smart phone to capture everyday life so why would you invest in a professional family photographer?

Here are my Top 5 Reasons to not Hire a Family Photographer.

#1 Selfies & Smart Phones

How good are selfies? How did we even take photos of ourselves before the selfie? More often than not your family photos may be taken via the fine art form of the selfie – we all know how flattering they are after all! Of course if you all want to be in the photo (more on that later), it may be the only possible way failing having a friend / relative / stranger / dog do it.

You may of course avoid being in photos altogether and only capture the kids, whilst this is totally fine some of the time, you’re really missing out on capturing your family – that includes you! 

Hiring a family photographer will of course mean you are all free to enjoy being together and allow your unique family connection to be captured.

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#2 It’s too expensive

Price varies wildly across family photographers, however the question of cost is really about the value you receive and the value you place on capturing your family memories through the years. My sole purpose for becoming a photographer is to capture the best bits of life – to relive that joy everyday for a lifetime! Don’t forget, these moments are fleeting and before you know it they’ll be all grown up!

Looking back at the photos I have of my family displayed around my home – from the most recent one of the extended family, nieces, nephews and all – to the one taken almost 30 years ago of my sister and I proudly holding the marrows (giant zucchinis) grown in the family veggie patch. Looking at that photo takes me back to that very moment and the importance of family – To me, particularly as the years go on, that’s priceless! 

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#3 My sister / uncle / friend has a good camera

Awesome! You could save yourself some money and get them to take some great family photos, maybe. This one really depends on their experience – have they worked with families before? Do they know how to get you to relax in front of the camera? Do they understand how to work with varying light or moving objects (kids!)?

Being a professional photographer takes knowledge, experience and skill. Not only do photographers invest in the best equipment, they also invest in training and of course accumulate years of experience.

And yes, a family photographer knows how to do all of the above.

#4 Not looking or feeling your best

Being a parent is tough, the tiredness and changes in your body may not leave you feeling your best. I just want to say, you are beautiful, exactly as you are. You may not believe it however, your loved ones look at you no differently dependent on how you look. What I hear more often than not is “I wish I had taken maternity / newborn / family photos but I felt fat / like a whale” and there’s no turning back the clock. Your body, your family and this amazing time in your life should be celebrated, not only for you but for your family. As your family grows the kids, parents and grandparents will look back and remember the love you all felt just being together. 

#5 Life is too busy

And that is exactly why it’s important to take the time to capture your family together, today, exactly as they are. If you’re super busy, as many of us are, chances are time is flying by. Another common thing I hear is “We had family photos done when the kids were babies, and meant to do it again but never got around to it, now they are 2/8/13!”. Take the time, whether at home or outdoors, to capture your family, ideally once per year, you’ll have fun and look back on that time year after year and cherish it, I promise.

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You may have guessed it, my advice isn’t ‘don’t hire a family photographer!’ It’s, absolutely do hire a family photographer! My goal is to capture the love and connection your family share with a relaxed family photography session. You’ll share some precious time together and most importantly get valuable memories that will last a lifetime for you and your family! 

Contact me now to chat about capturing your family!

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