Why hire a professional children’s portrait photographer?

09 October 2016

Why hire a professional children’s portrait photographer?

So Most people have their own DSLR camera these days. You may know a keen hobbyist that can knock out some pleasing snaps, although I suspect they mostly set the camera on auto mode and let it do it’s thing (I know, that’s what I used to do before I learned professional skills). In some cases it’s absolutely fine and I bet they get some canny shots now and again. But are they the quality images that you would display, pride of place, in your home?

When you choose a professional children’s photographer you are not only getting the highest quality, skill and artistic interpretation, but also ensuring the artwork is perfectly suited to you and your home. If you have spent time and money decorating your living space, why would you not invest in professional, bespoke portraits to be a feature on your walls too.

Let me explain why professional portraits are different.wall-art

  • Pre consultation

Some (but not all ) professional children’s photographers offer a Pre consultation. This is to discuss why you want a photoshoot and what you hope the outcome will be. It is important to find out what style suits you and your home and generally plan the photo session together. A professional photographer can give you tips and advice on how to prepare for the shoot so that you get stunning results on the day. I strongly believe this is key to a successful shoot because everyone is on the same page and the photographer isn’t just shooting willy-nilly.

  • Manual vs Auto

Professionals generally use the DSLR on manual mode. This means that they have complete control over the look and mood of the images; it is not left to the camera’s ‘brain’ to decide on the outcome. The camera is a very clever piece of technology but doen’t always get it right.

When the aperture is controlled manually there can be stunning results which make the image have depth and even produce a lovley bokeh effect. (Bokeh is when the background / foreground is so out of focus that it creates beautiful patterned daubs of colour and light). Keeping the aperture wide will make your subject be the focal point on the image while the rest of the scene has a delicious blurriness. Unfortunately, using the camera Auto mode can mean the depth of field effect can be sacrificed in favour of a faster shutter setting.

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  • Posing

Knowing how best to pose the child can make a huge difference too. Photographers can expertly coerce enthusiastic children into the best poses, but experienced photographers are also good at getting around others by being ready for the spur of the moment and unplanned scenarios that are likely to happen with young ones, toddlers in particular 😉  This alllows them to capture the true personality of the child.

  • The right Equipment for the job

A photographer will take time to plan the session in advance and decide what equipment to take along. For example, as well as their professional DSLR there may be a tripod, reflector, speedlite and a range of lenses that are necessary to create the perfect look. Depending on outdoor lighting the photographer will use some of these things to combat difficult lighting problems or to get a certain look or mood to the images.

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  • Lighting and flash

Speedlite flashes with diffuser accessories are used to help shape the light, fill in any harsh shadows on the subject’s face and create catchlights in the eyes. When outdoor, it’s easy for the child’s face to fall into shadow becoming underexposed and resulting in an unflattering or dull, lifeless portrait. These types of shots are common and really show the difference between a snap and a professional portrait.

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Flash doesn’t always have to be used, for example an outdoor children’s photographer will have a good understanding of natural light and where to look for the right quality of lighting to flatter the subjects. They will suggest different areas and also times of day that will work best.

  • Editing skills and retouching

The photographer will spend a lot of time after the photoshoot going through the images, choosing the best ones and enhancing them. They will do this efficiently and create top results with photoshop and lightroom software. Touch up work is done delicately and respectfully (without using extreme filter effects to make the image look good), producing authentic and beautiful artwork. A professional children’s photographer will normally get the colours and tones right in camera with the white balance settings, but there are also techniques to boost the vibrancy and contrast in post production so the final images are the absolute best they can be.

  • Choosing the prints

The professional photographer will help you choose your prints and be there to advise you on how best to frame or display them in your home to create the most impact.

They have accounts with the best professional photo labs. This ensures you get the lastest products on the market which are top quality and that last the test of time (no fading of falling apart), the colour reproduction is accurate and the finish results are amazing.

Your wall art will be a feature for you to look at every day. What will you put on your wall?

Let’s make sure it’s a beautiful feature, if you’d like more infomation on a professional children’s photo shoot go to my gallery