TAMPA - A family photo is a great way to capture memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime. But the lower resolution of point-and-shoot and cell phone cameras produces pictures of lesser quality that can't be enlarged. Even a fancy camera in the hands of an amateur won't produce much better results.
"With the advances in cameras these days everything thinks they can be a photographer," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks. "But when it comes to a family photograph sometimes you do want to invest in a professional photographer. It’s not just the camera that matters, it’s the lighting, and how they arrange the family. Being able to get that special moment, especially with small children, can be a bit of a challenge.”
Jessica Johnston is a professional photographer who loves working with kids. The best piece of advice she can offer is to keep timing in mind when dealing with the little ones. "Usually families want a morning session because kids are happier in the morning. They’ve just been fed. They can be clean from the night before. You don’t have to worry about the day’s grime on them or anything.” And, she says, gone are the days of static shots indoors in front of a boring backdrop. “A lot of people come to me and say 'I saw on your blog these smiling pictures or laughing pictures. They're just playing or not necessarily looking at the camera.' And that’s exactly what they want. They don’t want the awkward posing 'smile say cheese' kind of things anymore, which is fine by me!"
“Once you narrow down which photographer you want to use," adds Hicks, "you want to see the work they’ve done and also ask if you have the rights to these high resolution images or whether they do, are they going to use your photographs in their marketing materials? And also whether they’ll go on location with you is another great question.”
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