Why Choose a Professional Photographer?

I am often asked “why choose between spending money on professional photography or taking your own shots when digital cameras have made photography so accessible now” especially during these economic times?

This is an excerpt from an amazing author, Marianne Drenthe which perfectly sums up my response.   I wanted to share this for my clients as well as other photographers that visit my site.   Her site is an invaluable resource for both photographers and consumers alike with a great deal of information about custom photography!

Custom Boutique Photography

Custom photography is more of a luxury than your entry level cookie cutter chain experience. Custom photography truly is not for everyone, it requires a level of commitment, investment in time and money, forethought and planning on the part of the subject/client and requires a larger time commitment for the photographer as well. Clients who enjoy taking a more active role in the creation of their families’ memories have the desire to have portrait art that is truly personalized.

These more discerning clients have been known to budget and allot time for a custom photography session. Many clients opt for it to be a once a year special experience, some opt to have custom photography sessions done to record their child’s stages in life. Having said this, it is clear that custom photography is not in everyone’s budget, it is something that most families save for to splurge on from time to time to memorialize their children as they really are (not posed and primped in the cookie cutter studio setting).

There is a great deal of time involved in creating high end custom photography sessions for a client. The luxury of great service, better choices and a supberb end product. The result of all this are heirloom quality images. The time invested at the session is only a small portion of time involved in this process.

Cindy Lee professional photographer adelaideCustom photography has been likened to purchasing a fine vehicle. To get to point B from A let’s face it, even a bus ride would suffice. If you want to luxuriate in a finely appointed vehicle, customizing your own experience by listening to smooth jazz while sitting in a climate controlled setting adjusted purely for your comfort in a body hugging leather interior, perhaps that Lexus you so desire is your cup of tea.  Custom photography is much the same cup of tea. It is the Lexus of the photography world. It is where the intangibles make the experience truly wonderful and the images themselves make the investment of money and time truly worthwhile.

Custom photography can be broken down into even more levels. There are on location, studio, mixed studio/on location, specialty location and destination type photographers. The beauty of custom photography is in the choices and in the luxury of those options. The customized service level you are sure to experience will be amazing. The knowledge that your final images are the result of someone caring about those moments so much that they take extra time ensuring that the artwork you receive is good enough to stand by with their name on it. That level of quality and commitment is all but lost in the age of mass produced, mass marketed, corporate, everyone is a number.

Custom photography is based on being unique to you. How great an experience would be, to be able to sit back and allow a photographer to do this highly custom work for images that you will most likely cherish for a lifetime? Keep in mind more than anything that the Lexus will never appreciate in value the way your portraits will. The portrait art you become invested in from your custom photographer will no doubt increase in value and become more priceless as the years pass.

PSSSST! Don’t be shy comment on your thoughts about this post. Questions & suggestions welcome. Or contact me to experience your own beautiful & empowering makeover transformation.
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Cindy Lee, January 31, 2009
  • Brilliant Blog Cindy – nice work and love the colours of the blog !

    • Awww, thanks so much Darren. You’re always the first one to jump in with such kind & encouraging words. Always a humbling compliment coming from someone whose art I truly appreciate & look up to.

  • Here Here! Great entry Cindy. LOVE THIS IMAGE!It’s breathtaking.

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