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Why Your Photographer is Charging That Price

Why Your Photographer is Charging That Price
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What you’re paying for when you hire a professional photographer.

When you start shopping around for a professional photographer the prices can sometimes seem quite daunting. What very few consumers realize though is that there is a lot more to photographing your event than just clicking a button at the right time.

So what are you paying for when hiring a professional photographer?

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Time is money. Just like any other professional, a photographer needs to put in the hours to get the job done. This includes the consultation, traveling to and from the location, shooting the photos, editing and processing the orders. You’d be surprised at how long it takes to get the end result that is finally delivered to you. Once they shoot the photos, it’s not as simple as downloading the images and delivering them to you. They have to process the files, convert it to the correct file type as well as make sizing and color adjustments to make each image pop. If your photographer is also creating a book or album for you, they need to spend time designing it too.

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Equipment is expensive. Even though this is a very small part of why photographers charge the prices they do, it’s important to remember that quality equipment plays an important role in being able to produce the photos that they do. Professional equipment not only allows for the production of high quality images, it also gives photographers the ability to work in areas with less than favorable lighting conditions or at venues where using a flash is prohibited.

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They have spent years acquiring a very specific skill. Photography, like any other profession, requires experience and specific skills. From knowing what lighting and camera settings to use, to knowing how to pose people and help them feel comfortable in front of the camera. Great photographers don’t rush the editing process either, it takes time to produce the desired result and turn your photo into a work of art that you’ll proudly want to display in your home.

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It’s still a business. A professional photographer is still running a business, which means they will more than likely have overhead costs such as rental fees for their studio and the upkeep of equipment. Photographers also need to budget for professional association fees, equipment and liability insurance and fees for courses that will allow them to stay ahead by continuously honing their craft.

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Your experience matters.A professional photographer who is dedicated to their art and willing to go the extra mile for their clients is always well worth the price. A photographer who understands the importance of the experience for their clients will spend extra time and money to provide a one of a kind experience. They do this with the pre consultation and truly understanding your needs. At the session they may have snacks , drinks, and activities for your family and clothing options to decrease the stress of family portraits. They will provide you with packets of information to prepare for your session and the end result. They also will have to purchase samples of products to show you to help with descion making , aswell as programs to show you portraits in a wall display in your home prior to purchase of items.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer

Why	You	Should	Hire a	Professional Photographer
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With the current digital camera market and smart phones that take such good photos, is there really a reason to hire a professional photographer? Below are just some of the reasons why a pro is a better choice.

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1. An expensive camera does not automatically result in photographic skills. Just because your friend, co-worker, or relative has a high-speed, top quality digital camera doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing behind the camera. While quality equipment does help the average consumer improve their photography game, a professional photographer offers an artistic approach, creative eye and experience that cannot be purchased at a camera store.

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2. Professional equipment has its perks. Shooting with top of the range cameras and professional lighting equipment helps us to take the best shots, even in less than optimal circumstances. Capturing low light, nighttime and even high-speed action shots can be tricky for the amateur photographer but a professional knows what’s required to capture those types of shots.

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3. Posing is our thing. Ever tried to get friends and relatives, including kids, to stay still and pose for a big group shot? It’s easier said than done. Need a little inspiration for your own special portraits? A professional photographer can help. Photographers perform these tasks sometimes daily, so they have perfected the skills required to get the best results while making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera.

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4. They’re hired. Using a friend or family member to take your photos could mean missed moments. A professional photographer is exclusively hired to capture the day and won’t miss out on photos because they’re chatting with the other guests, grabbing a drink or dancing. Hiring a professional photographer guarantees you capture as many perfect moments as possible.

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Fun & Creative Gender Reveal Photo Session Ideas

Fun & Creative Gender Reveal Photo Session Ideas
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Your pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life with so many special milestones along the way. Finding out whether you’ll be welcoming a little boy or girl into the world is one such milestone and what better way to capture it and share it with family and friends than with a fun gender reveal photo session. There are so many creative ways to tell the world whether your little one is going to be a he or a she.

Below are just a few creative ideas that you can use to reveal the gender of your new little bundle of joy.

1) Bake a cake.

Cake reveals are more popular than ever. Bring your surprise gender reveal cake or cupcakes along to the shoot and capture the moment that you and your partner find out the gender of your baby. Bring the family along too so that you can photograph the excitement on everyone’s faces as they share this moment with you.

2) Bring on the balloons.

Photographing a balloon release on camera is extra special, especially if the new big brother or sister is also involved. Pack your pink or blue balloons into a large box and release them into the sky as your photographer captures this joyful moment. Another option is to add some blue or pink confetti to a balloon and pop it to reveal your baby’s gender.

3) Mix up some paint.

While paint can be a little messy, it’s definitely one of the more fun ways to announce the gender of your new baby. Have a paint fight, get the siblings to paint a pink or blue mural or paint your tummy for a cute effect.

Gender revealing photo sessions are a great way to announce your wonderful news to family and friends. You can print your announcement, share it on social media or even create a holiday card. Take this time to have some fun during one of the many wonderful moments of parenthood.

How Postpartum Depression Helped Me Find My “Why” in Life

How Postpartum Depression Helped Me Find My “Why” in Life
At Remember When Photography LLC we take pride and joy into serving our clients at every level possible from snacks, meals, drinks, toys to entertainment for your children, to clothing for the entire family to wear for your session. We also provide an assistant to help keep everyone happy and positioned well. We know that family portraits from newborn to extended family sessions can be very stressful and not something that is enjoyable by the entire family. The children just want to play, Dad just wants to go home, and Mom is the one keeping the family together to get the perfect photo to cherish because she knows the importance of it all. She knows that this moment in time with her young children or adult children will not last long and they will grow and things will change from this moment on. This feeling of moments fleeting is the one of many reasons why we do what we do at Remember When Photography LLC. We do not just produce a beautiful Family Portrait, we give our clients an experience and the emotion of love and personality of their family that they will be able to cherish for years.
At Remember When Photography you will meet a few people to help you through you session. We have 2 assistants Tiffany and Jennifer that specialize in working with children to help with safety and ease of your session. You will also meet your photographer Amanda Truman who’s vision this business is built from.
Amanda has been photographing portraits for several years and became more interested in 2010. However even though she loved the art of photography she did not find her why in this craft until 2012 and more so in 2016 when she suffered from postpartum depression but did not admit it to herself and others. Before this time she knew she loved the art of photography and especially portraits of families and children, but it never truly hit her on why she loved it so much until her daughter was born in 2016. During this time she had her newborn daughter and her 2 almost 3 year old son. When her son was born in 2012, it was such an amazing time becoming a mother and caring for her newborn son. Of course there were difficult moments just like any other new mother with learning to balance life with a newborn. When the time came that she was pregnant with her daughter she was just as excited to meet and care for her little one once again.

On July 19th 2016 she gave birth to her daughter and it was just as wonderful as her first child initially. As time went on and breast feeding just like with her son was very difficult as her body was not responding as it should. This time Amanda was determined to make it work through all the exhaustion until it came to a point where life was at all time low. She then supplemented with formula which was the most difficult decision and feeling of failure to herself and her child again. From this point on it was a downward spiral for her with her connection with her daughter and the beginning of her postpartum depression began to take a hold of her. She felt disconnected from her daughter unlike the feeling she had with her son when he was a newborn. She did not have that nurturing and caring feeling that she once had. She felt like she was the worst mother for not having the feelings for her daughter that she with her son just a 3 short years ago.

During that time she continued to go through the motions of love and care for her children . She continued with getting newborn photos and all the milestone and family photos as she did with her son. She knew that even without that feeling of connection, deep down she loved her daughter and family during this emotionally and disconnected time in her life.

Amanda hid the feelings she had from the majority of her family because how do you describe feelings of disconnected and not emotionally attached to your child without feeling like a horrible parent. Finally after several months of tears, shame, and guilt she decided it was time to talk to her doctor which she should have done in the beginning. This changed everything. She finally felt the love, care and connection with her daughter that she never had before. She finally realized she was not a terrible mother she was just taken over by depression that robbed those special moments that she should have enjoyed with her daughter as a newborn instead of feeling numb and disconnected every minute of it even through the difficult times.

Luckily for Amanda she did not completly lose those moments to the depression. Even though she did not feel connected and caring at the moment she knew she loved her daughter and was able to relive and remeber the loving moments of that time of her daughters life with the images that she had done. Without those images all that time would have been remembered with regret and shame of not finding the help to enjoy the moments that she could do at that time because of her depression. When she looks at those images of her and her daughter she does not think of how her depression robbed her , however she is taken back to that moment of holding her and the feeling of kissing her soft skin and finds enjoyment in that moment that she did not have at that time . With doing this she is able to in a sense relive and cherish those moments in a completly new light. This brings her hope to the years to come and how far she has come to this moment in time. Instead of feeling regret and shame these portraits of her daughter bring her love and hope that she did not feel before. When she realized this power of these portraits she knew that there are any other mothers that feel the same way and suffer from postpartum depression and find it difficult to enjoy their newborn and life. From that point on it has been Amanda’s reason for providing portraits to families to give them what she has found in her own images for them to find joy even in the hard times of life. She wants every family to know that there is hope joy and love even in the hard times of life and a photo can capture that to find in the future.

How to Prep for a Photo Session with Your Pet

How to Prep for a Photo Session with Your Pet

For many people, pets are furry members of the family. It comes as no surprise that they want to include their pets in their photos. Including your pets in your photo session does require a little extra preparation but it is certainly doable.

Below are a few tips to prepare you for your photo session with your pet.

To make this work, you will need to get your pet to sit still and behave. Pets can get very excited when new people are around so let your pet become acquainted with your photographer beforehand. Bring treats and toys that your pet enjoys so that you have something to use to grab their attention if necessary.

Keep a leash or harness ready, just in case. Even though your pet might be well trained, it never hurts to be prepared. You may also want to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pet securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life. Your photographer will help you with this.

If you know that your photo session is going to take some time, give your pets the chance to take breaks, walk around and drink water. You won’t be able to force a pet to sit still if they are thirsty or agitated.

As a pet owner you probably know how perceptive your animals are to energy and emotions, so it’s important that you are relaxed when you get to your pet photo session. If you really want to keep your pets relaxed too, try and arrange your photo session in a place where your pet will feel most comfortable such as your garden or a park.

For the best results, try and work with a photographer that has previously worked with animals. This will help make the process of photographing your pets even more enjoyable.

6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos

6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos
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Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best.

From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you. If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.

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Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.

Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.

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Facing the camera. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.

Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.

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Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.

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Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos. If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minues before & after sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on your face.

As much as the above tips will help you during your professional photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.

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Tips on Preparing for Your Maternity Photo Session

Tips	on	Preparing	for Your	Maternity Photo	Session
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Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful life event that should be captured. It’s a time you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are a bit older. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity photo session then the below tips should come in handy as your prepare for your session.

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1. Schedule your session between 31 and 36 weeks as your tummy should have popped and have a beautiful shape. By booking your maternity session during this time you are also past the discomfort and bloating that happens earlier in the pregnancy.

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2. We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shininess or sticky clothes. You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin.

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3. Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session so that you can take some beautiful shots with your hands on your tummy.

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4. If you already have some cute baby items such as shoes, hats, toys, blankets or onesies, bring them along as they make for adorable props. The same applies to family heirlooms. If you have a special locket or photo that you would like to use, bring it along too.

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5. More and more moms are using their ultrasound photos in their photo sessions. If you aren’t too sure whether you want to use it or not, bring it to the shoot anyway and decide on the day.

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6. Take the time to pick the right outfit for the maternity shoot. You should of course be comfortable but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape.

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