I know a lot of bloggers work with professional photographers – and I can see how that can be very efficient: you only have to get glammed up
once, and you can take a couple of weeks worth of photos in one go. But I’m not ready to take that step yet…here’s why:
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1) I’m just so comfortable with my #InstagramHusband – let’s be honest, it’s not like taking photos of me is Hubby’s FAVOURITE thing to do! BUT – he is happy to commit to one session a week. He sees what a difference good photography makes to my blog – and he knows how important my blog is to me. Because he’s my husband – I can tell him exactly what I want from a photo – he has a good eye, but is also completely open to instruction – and will frame the shot exactly how I want it. (p.s. it works both ways – I help Hubby a lot with his work too!)
2) We have a lot of flexibility – You might wonder how bloggers take outfit photos in the Winter WITHOUT a jacket. As someone who gets cold VERY easily – here’s what we do…we park at our photoshoot location, jump out to take photos for 5 minutes, head back into the car
to warm up…and repeat as needed! Who else but family would do that for you, LOL?
3) I can’t smile indefinitely – Getting dressed up and taking photos is SUCH a fun part of blogging – it’s amazing to create the vision that you have in mind. But I have my limits – at the moment – two outfit changes are my max, and then I’m all smiled out and can’t pose for any more photos!
4) I can choose which photos I like the best – and I own the rights to my photos – I’ve attended events covered by professional photographers – and after the event I’ll receive a fraction of the photos that were taken. I completely understand why – it’s not possible edit every photo – so the photographers have to narrow it down. The problem is – their aesthetic may be different from mine. I like having visual control – and also knowing that I own my photos and don’t have to ask for permission from anyone else when working with a brand.
These are the reasons I prefer taking outfit photos with hubby (for now) – but I know every blogger makes the choice that is right for their blog. A lot of my friends work with professional photographers and achieve a balance that works for them! If my workload increases, then I’ll certainly hire a professional because I wouldn’t want to put undue pressure on my family.
And there are definitely times when our amateur photography and editing skills are not sufficient – I’ve worked with professional photographers on bigger blog projects (Mapleview, Grand Hotel, Fairmont) – and their work has been in a different league from anything we could ever hope to produce!
I’d love to read about your photoshoot experiences – who takes your photos? And HOW do you take your photos in Winter without freezing?
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