I often find myself amused by the fact that every time you turn around, there’s a new “photographer” in town. I put photographer in quotes because I’ve been stunned by the number of people who have no background in photography, no education in it, and no real drive to pursue educating themselves to improve themselves. They are often what we call “moms with cameras” and becoming a mom is often the reason they decided to become a photographer. I’m not saying moms shouldn’t want to document their children growing up or that they can’t have a hobby or that kids can’t be the reason someone decides to go into photography, but I find the increased number of moms with cameras photo “businesses” at least a little entertaining.
I went to college for this job. I double majored and got Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Design because I knew if I was going to do this – I needed to know what I was doing. Even after I graduated from school I continue to educate myself all year long, every year. Because I believe that my job is a service. My job is incredibly important! I’m documenting hugely significant and special moments in your life! Moments you can’t get back! And if I didn’t fotografia professional know what I was doing – not only would I be hurting my reputation but more importantly I’d be causing you to lose that one solid memory you could have had through photographs.
It honestly breaks my heart when I hear about someone who’s photographer lost their wedding photos or ruined their newborn photos or did a terrible job on family photos. I truly understand how important each of those moments are and once they’re gone – there’s no getting them back. That’s why it’s so so SO important to make sure you’re hiring a professional – to be sure you trust them and are comfortable with them. Obviously – professionals cost quite a bit more than these new breed of photographer but isn’t it worth spending the extra money for peace of mind and the assurance that what you are going to get will be of the highest quality? Remember you’re paying the professionals for their knowledge and skills, for the high-grade equipment they have, for their level of service, and for their professional quality products.
Here’s just a few things to consider before you hire that “mom with a camera” to be your photographer.
1) Ask them if they have a degree or education in photography
I’m not saying all the pros went to a 4 year school for photography – but many of them set aside a portion of their budget to educate themselves. Ask them about it and find out if they really know how their camera works or not.
2) Find out if they are a registered business.
All businesses should have a business identification number or a tax ID number. Oh! And if the photographer you’re considering doesn’t charge sales tax – you may want to look somewhere else. Sales tax is required by the state so not paying taxes on the products they’re selling is actually illegal.