I was honored to be there when sweet little Alice was welcomed into the world a few months ago. Love to see how babies grow and change when they come back for pictures when they have personality and expressions! And expressions she has! My, what a little poser! Get a load of those lashes! Good heavens!! Her daddy is going to have to keep a close eye on this one….tho I feel big brother is going to be pretty protective too!!
Most people who ask for session info and rates are understanding of why professional photography is such an investment. But for some, questions arise like “can I just have all the digitals?” or, “Its ok, you don’t need to edit, we just want a basic photoshoot“.
If an inexpensive, basic photoshoot is what meets your needs, then borrow a decent DSLR camera, and have a friend shoot some fun family photos at a nice location. But if you’re wanting a professional photoshoot, consider the time-intensive session and post-processing editing that you are investing in to produce pictures that are more than just snapshots!
Consider for a moment…would any artist release their sketches or an unfinished painting? No, they would not have something passed around as a representation of their work that was an incomplete shadow of their masterpiece in the making. Photography is an art form, and the mere taking of pictures is only one of many elements that contribute to beautiful portraits.
So much takes place in the post-processing element of photography that I wanted to share a little “behind the scenes” peek.
These two are cuties, but they are busy littles and we had to work for these photos. (There may have been some bribery and candy-negotiations going on….yes, I admit, I stoop to that at times!). But this is just real-life with kids!! They don’t sit still for very long and most of the time, if parents saw the unedited “snapshot” versions of photos that I take, they would reconsider the idea of sending out Christmas cards this year 🙂
That is why I decline when asked if I can just shoot and give out all the digitals. And why I don’t ever release unedited images. Im not a “baby whisperer” with newborns and Im not the “Pied Piper” with kids. There is no magic spell that gets kids to pose and cooperate for the camera. I have shoots sometimes with kids that want nothing to do with the camera. And I have sessions where babies cry and poop and pee on me. Im pretty unfazed!
But always, always there is beauty to be found! Patience is key. The ability to see beyond what the camera is showing me is imperative. And some fine tuning of editing skills is in the works. Take a look at this before and after to understand why I feel there is a great deal of value in the post-processing editing dynamic of photography.
Sometimes you just need a head swap to get that perfect picture! 🙂