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I’m pretty sure that every photographer has heard this. “I have an awesome cell phone, why should I hire a photographer??” I have an iPhone and I LOVE it. The portrait feature option on it is legit. Looks way better than what I used to take on my cell phone. To the point that whenever I don’t use the portrait feature (likely because my toddler ran off with my phone again and switched it over to photo while playing with the camera) the images look horrible and I think there’s something wrong with my phone. However, there is a lot more that goes into taking photos than the actual camera itself! I have seen some amazing shots taken with a cell phone, and some not so great ones that were taken with a top of the line camera. The camera does not a photographer make. Having said all that, if you aren’t a photographer, there are two things I believe that your cell phone just won’t be able to give you.
Probably the most important factor is the experience and training that is BEHIND the camera. I firmly believe in ‘staying a student’. I am forever learning, reading up on new techniques, taking courses and attending retreats to perfect my craft. I have studied studio lighting and natural light, how to find the best light (did you know that was a thing?? I didn’t before my trainings!), how to pose a subject to flatter all body types and sizes, how to make sure the subjects look comfortable and relaxed, not stiff and forced, as tends to happen in a lot of photos. I’ve heard it said that when you’re paying for a service that requires skill, you’re not paying for the time it takes, you’re paying for the education and experience it took to get to that level of quality you are expecting.
The second factor is that at the end of the day, it is just a cell phone. The quality that it can turn out might be amazing for social media, but how much can it REALLY do? Even after apps that allow editing and enhancing elements of a photo, the quality to turn that digital into a print is just not there. Because I’m a sucker for a good before and after, I took cell phone shots during a couple sessions. Both images are super cute with the cell phone, and when I posted on social media for some behind the scenes looks, they were a hit. I even edited the Harry Potter one as best I could on my cell phone with a couple apps to get as close as possible to my desired final results! But at the end of the day, I know which ones I will print out.
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