Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Portraits Taken by a Photographer

February 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hello Friend!

Can you believe it's already February?  We sure can't!

One of our favorite Scriptures is found in 1 Peter 2:9 - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Through this Scripture, we have a deeper understanding of God's love for His people and how important we are to Him.  It's mind-boggling sometimes to think that we are so important to the Lord, but He says so in His Word so it must be true, right?

Before we became photographers, we didn't take great pictures.  We don't have enough portraits that really tell the story of our children growing up or showing our love with them.  Quite frankly, we didn't have a lot of money either to invest in quality portraits, nor realized the importance of sacrificing an un-necessity to have something that will increase in value with time.  When we first started in photography, all we knew was that we loved it.  Over time, we honed in on our likes, pruned out our dislikes and now we realize the unique gift God has given to us.  To do "Heirloom Photography".  This means we see the process all the way through from:

  • an initial meeting with our customer, asking thought-provoking questions to get a deeper understanding of what each family wants and needs,
  • setting up an ideal location for portraits (lighting is key, and beautiful backgrounds are secondary) or becoming familiar with the wedding location,
  • taking a minimum of an hour for each session (some sessions require more, especially a beautiful wedding day!),
  • to culling through "bad" images or duplicates, then professionally editing each one, 
  • meeting with you one-on-one to review your images and help you decide which ones to print,
  • sending your images to a professional print lab,
  • and assuring that your order is correct when we receive it before we package it up to deliver to you!

We don't just take your pictures, we envision an experience for your session, then make sure you have treasures to reminisce, enjoy and pass down from generation to generation.  That's why archival prints and products are so important, because they last for up to 100 years or more!

There are many photographers in the world, but no two are exactly alike.  According to Worldometers, there are almost 7.5 billion people in the world, yet each of us is created unique in God's eyes!  

With that said, here are our Top 5 Reasons to have your portraits taken by a (professional) photographer:

1. A photographer has an eye for detail that most people in general do not have.  This is not to say that a person who has not had any training in photography can't take a great picture.  However, if you want more than just social media posts to share and are looking for portraits to print and frame for your home, share with family, have printed in archival books, then a photographer is best for the job.  

2. A photographer wants to do more than just take your picture.  He or she wants to help you embrace your season of life, and provide the gift of portraits that will help you and your loved ones remember what's important, even after someone is no longer here on this earth.

3. A photographer has most likely invested in professional-grade equipment that will make for a beautiful portrait worth cherishing time after time.  Think of the photos you see on Instagram or Facebook.  What stands out to you?  What about a magazine?  When our children were small, we didn't know how to take a simple surrounding and make it look great.  We didn't know how to look for proper lighting, what camera or lens would produce a more quality photo.  Too many of our photos have grain, dark faces or distracting objects in the background we didn't think to move out of the way.  After much reading, training, practice and investing in better quality cameras, lenses and equipment, along with professional portrait editing software - we want to provide for you what we didn't have for ourselves.

4. There are moments where a selfie just won't work!  Plus, a photographer has studied posing and angles to produce artistic imagery that tells your unique story

5. Too many times, the parent takes the picture but is not in the picture.  Many people do not think it's important to be part of the picture, especially when they are critical or self-conscious about how they look.  If you ask anyone who has lost a loved one - especially a parent - if they have pictures of them with that person, many will say no.  One of the greatest gifts we can give to those who will outlive us is a portrait that shows the bond of love shared.

We know that technology has made it so much easier and affordable to capture everyday life on our phones.  However, there are just times when it's important to have a photographer provide a professional service that is truly priceless.  For more information and facts on this topic, click here to read what The Nashville Mom has to say.  

Another photographer from New Zealand show us the power of photography through his empowering and emotional story here.  

If you haven't taken the time to have professional portraits or need a Christian wedding photographer to document your wedding, please don't hesitate to email us at gary@rawlsphotographydesign.com or call 513.212.4142 to find out if we're the right photographer to document your story.  We'd love to chat, learn more about you and help you cherish the life, love and legacy that is uniquely yours!

Until next time, it is our prayer that you will continue to be blessed of the Lord.

With love,

Gary and Angenise


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