When I first decided to go off and start this photography business I felt guilty about charging people to take photos. To me, it seemed so easy and I always felt like anyone could do it.
The more jobs I booked the more I realized how much work is really involved in taking quality photos and it’s crazy how much I underestimated my skills and talents…
What most people don’t realize is that a photography session doesn’t just consist of snapping the shutter. The job begins way before we actually meet for the shoot. To prepare I do the following..
Research places to take the pictures.
Gather information about my clients (family members, interests, style preferences, etc.) Get to know personalities, comforts, discomforts and image preferences.
Emails and phone conversations to set up shoot dates, exchange ideas and inform clients on the “to-do’s” and “what-to-knows” for the photo shoot
Travel time to and from locations
2 – 10 hours of shooting time depending on the type of session
Numerous hours of culling, editing, retouching, processing images
Burning discs, printing labels, uploading to gallery sites and more.
I haven’t even mentioned the stress of being solely responsible for capturing the moments of my customers most important events.
This work requires TONS of patience, persistence, anticipation, gut feelings, intuition, multitasking, creativity and courage to get the photos that show true, natural moments between people and I am SO proud to say that I am able to capture that.
FroYo is calling…. Night peeps!