Why you need a professional photographer, part 1: “Why do you charge so much? I can take pictures that good!”
For those of you that are unaware, like Stef I shoot portraiture and events, but I also do quite a bit of Fine Art photography.* Often, people come into the gallery claiming they can take pictures that are “just as good”. Now without a doubt, some can; but in actuality, most can’t. This is not just a common occurrence at the gallery though, it is something all professional photographers struggle with on a daily basis. In an age where everyone has a digital camera, the question/statement “why do you charge so much, I can take pictures that good” comes up so often it makes our teeth gnash.
This post is not about all of the reasons this sentiment is misguided. (For a discussion as to the issue of cost, please read this great article on the subject.) What I am going to do instead is try and illustrate the point for you. Continue reading