Ask any parent if they’d like the ability to watch their children grow up again, and you’ll likely hear a resounding ‘Yes!’ Capturing photos of your daughter in her element is the best way to relive those precious moments year after year, but many moms wonder if hiring a professional photographer is worth the investment.
Here are 11 reasons why it’ll be worth every penny.
1. Memories fade
This will come as no surprise, but memory can be a fickle thing. Lives are busy, and kids grow up fast. One season blurs into another, and before you know it your kids are taller and moving on to other interests. Taking the time while your daughter is excited and passionate about dance to capture that spirit in a timeless way is the best way to preserve that special time in her life.
2. A trained eye
You see your daughter every day, but a professional photographer is trained to look for that special angle to bring out her best. Everything from poses to angles to composition comes naturally to a pro with experience to bring to the table. They are trained to frame your daughter in a way that captures an amazing image.
3. Professional setting
Beyond simple skills and technology, having portraits done in a professional studio allows for a controlled environment for the best quality image. No worrying about weather, no fussing if it’s windy or the lighting is too low- everything is managed. Many photographers also have professional hair and makeup available, and will guide you if there is anything else necessary to bring to the photo shoot session.
4. Quality prints
Professionals have access to the best print labs to produce real quality prints that look remarkably better than your typical Walgreens or Shutterfly print. Higher resolution, quality paper and processing make your images pop in a way that consumer options just can’t measure up to, and they endure the test of time.
5. Technical skill
New iphones have decent cameras for capturing things on the go, but they don’t perform well in low light situations or with movement. Professional camera equipment can handle a variety of light situations, and both the photographer and camera are QUICK! They don’t miss a beat, which is important when you want to get that perfect shot of your daughter in motion.
6. No stress
You handle enough already, mom! Let a professional who knows how to work with kids, to make them feel comfortable and at ease, run a wonderful session. You can take a break and watch, without trying to keep a camera at the ready and missing out on being in the moment.
7. Capture the story
The best photos are the ones that capture the spirit, the story, the essence of a person or a moment. And telling that story on film is what a great photographer is trained to do. They know just how to capture the personality and true nature, in all their glory, or their subjects, for the kind of image that speaks volumes.
8. Works of art
If you want to have a piece of wall art, not just a small 4x6 print of your loved one, then a professional photo session will produce both the image and the high resolution necessary to create large prints or even more creative options. Your memories can become works of art when done professionally.
9. Family heirlooms
Have you ever marveled at the photos of your parents or grandparents as kids, and been so grateful to have those moments captured and passed down? Imaging the joy of passing these images down through your family and the generations to come. These photos will become treasures for the next generations in a way that cell phone photos never will.
10. Feeling of security
The feeling of belonging a child has when they see photos that celebrate their individuality and accomplishment in their home is one of the simplest but most powerful ways to combat insecurity. It’s a silent declaration of your pride in them and a declaration that they belong to you, to the family and to this home.
We all want our children to grow up with strong self-esteem, and a 1975 study by Tulane University proved that portraits of kids in their element can improve self esteem by 37% in just 5 weeks. Seeing themselves in different poses highlighting their individuality and being celebrated by their family can go a long way to improve confidence. Girls growing up today are bombarded with challenges to their self-esteem, so as parents we should do everything we can to bolster it.
Those are 11 great reasons to hire a professional photographer as your daughter is growing up.
Pictures of our loved ones are the most precious things we will ever own, and taking the time to invest in capturing those amazing images will pay off with immediate benefits as she continues to blossom, and her prints become heirlooms that will continue to be cherished for generations to come.
Check out our gallery of dance portraits to see how impactful professional photos can be!!