Special events need a special photographer
Often times, convincing prospective clients why they need to hire a qualified event photographer to cover their special event could be a little bit daunting, and funny. I’ll explain – I say daunting because some of them assume just about anybody can do the job, even if the person has limited or no knowledge about photography. It is funny because I don’t understand why anyone would need any form of convincing in the first place – it’s your special day and you want something memorable to keep the memories forever.
Preserve your special moments
Event photography isn’t just about weddings. I’m sure there are more special moments you would like to share with people for a long time to come. Your birthdays, luncheons, send-off parties, family reunions graduation parties should fall under this “special” category too. Even corporate and business functions are special and photography is a useful tool to help promote your brand. Over the past couple of decades, I have participated and photographed so many events that I’ve created an event photographer survival guide to help photographers and clients learn more about the process and event photographer methods.
You can’t-do it yourself
Not really. You actually can do it yourself – if you want to, but you shouldn’t. Besides, if you or a friend is covering your event, who is covering your part? I’m sure you would want to be part of the picture too. It will be near impossible for a rookie to produce photographs as good as an experienced professional. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “last year we tried to do it ourselves” only to regret not hiring a photographer. People get engaged at parties, events, and forget and eventually don’t want to bother with capturing photographs throughout the entirety of the event. Event photography: busy, busy, busy is how it gets.
As a skilled private event photographer and corporate event photographer, I understand how best to capture the event. Considering many factors such as lighting and backdrops, bringing the right equipment, backup cameras, and backup memory cards, the number of people in the gathering, and even blending with the environment and moving unnoticed. Accounting properly for all these factors is what determines whether you get wonderful pictures at the end of the day or not. I never fail to remind clients that the photographer only has one shot to take the perfect photo, and one shot only is what a special photographer needs! We get tons of questions about candids and they seem to be a big hit when done properly. Check out Event Photographer: Fly on the wall for more information on how to capture the perfect candid.