If you have ever wondered what motivates a photographer, you are about to find out! Below are just some of the many reasons photographers wouldn’t change their job for anything in the world.
1. Photography changes how you see things. You notice colors, light, textures, flowers, trees, people, shapes and light in a way most people never see them. We chase the sun, we notice lighting and home decor in real life and tv and immediately think how amazing that would be for an in-home session. For newborn photographers, we see everything and wonder, can I put a baby in that?
2. You pay more attention to the beauty around you. Even the most mundane object can become beautiful when you photograph it in a creative way. Many photographers love their job because they develop a fascination with the world around them by viewing it through new eyes. My daughters have spent a lot of time scouting locations with me (which for them is hours of driving and walking though fields but they are often rewarded with new parks to play at) so even my youngest at 4 years old, will point out a field of flowers (ok, maybe weeds) and say how I should take their pictures there! So as she made me realize, photographers don’t see weeds, just beautiful spots for pictures!
3. It's an amazing creative outlet. You get the chance to put a little bit of who you are into each photo that you take. Anyone can click the buttons on a camera but not everyone can truly make a photo into art. While I photograph a variety of session types, I specialize in newborn photography, I find this is the most artistic outlet as I can pose and mold babies and even add in a prop or two to make it more unique and custom to each client. For outdoor sessions, I love finding fun and unique locations or getting that light just right, even if that means moving just a inch over to get the perfect glow of light. Capturing that perfect moment in family sessions and that genuine smile or laugh in children. Finding your style of shooting and editing is what makes it fun and unique, no two images will ever be exactly the same and that’s what makes it fun!
4. It's a challenge. Creating amazing photos that capture the magic of everyday life doesn’t come without hard work, dedication and imagination. There is always something new to explore and a new way to take the same photos. Even newborns in a similar pose, at a few days old, have little things that they do thats unique to them and that image. And chasing a toddler to get them to look and smile at the camera…I’m sure all parents know that challenge. It’s a job that never gets boring and the education is endless! I typically will take one to two workshops a year plus countless classes so I’m always working to improve - from editing, to a better customer experience, being a professional photographer is still a career. They call it work for a reason, but photographers love it!
5. You get to meet new people all the time. A photographer works with people from all walks of life. Getting to know someone new is a part of the process of bringing someone’s personality to show in a photo. Many parents are worried about their children being too wild or shy but it also makes the photograph show who they are at that point in their life. For me, it also makes the job a lot more fun! I love playing with kids, chasing them around, make them and parents more comfortable and learn to enjoy the moment and not that perfect picture that you visualize in your head because the moment is perfect that you can just relax and later look back and remember that time where you forgot about every else and just had fun. It’s the reason why I take a limited number of clients because I love getting to know my clients and see them come back over and over again and hear what they’ve been up to and know their names off the top of my head. My client experience gives you the option to meet me before you even book to make sure we are a good fit and I help you prep for the session all the way until you pick out artwork for your home.
6. The flexibility is great. Being a full time photographer means you get to work your own hours. This doesn’t mean it’s a laid back profession though. A photographer is always aiming to perfect their craft, taking on new challenges and helping their clients achieve the perfect pictures. While you may only see a photographer for 30-60 minutes (or a couple hours for newborn sessions), there are many, many hours behind the scenes, from marketing, editing, client communication, education and more! For some, it means staying up late nights to work when kids are in bed or sending children to child care for your session to do the behind the scenes work. But we enjoy it, most of us are lucky to say that our hobby is our career and not many people are able to pay the bills with something they love to do!
When you decide to pay for a professional photo session, know that you are hiring an individual who is passionate about what they do and is willing to go the extra mile to help you create beautiful photos that you can treasure forever. Take a look at my portfolio and if my style is what you like, let’s chat! If you are looking to step up your photography hobby, be sure to contact me and join me in my next Intro to DSLR class or 1:1 session to help you however you need!