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Senior Portrait Blog / Beware of the Fauxtographers

Let's face it.  With digital cameras these days, everyone calls themselves a photographer.  You can search "professional photographers in Dacula, GA" in the Google search bar and get over 100,00 results of people who call themselves professional photographers within a 10-mile radius of your home.  So how do you decide on the professional photographer for your portraits?

One thing to think about is education.  There are many organizations out there that professional photographers are members of.  The memberships are a sort of "status quo" for photographers, or the "who's who of professional photography."  Organizations like Professional Photographers of America (PPA), or Southeastern Professional Photographers of America (SEPPA,) give photographers the extra education and training they need to stay current in their profession.  Photographers earn merits through photography competition.  What does this mean for you?  It means you are using the BEST OF THE BEST in the photography world.

Another thing to think about is the reason you are hiring a photographer.  You hire a photographer because you love their work and want them to create a piece of artwork for your home.  It may be nice to have back-up files of the images that you order (just in case you need them,) however, you hired a professional to give you beautiful canvas prints, stunning collage albums, and any other decorative items for your home.  This is why you will find that most professional photographers will not simply sell their files to you.  In fact, we actually have clients who bring in cd's that other photographers burned for them.  They ask us to digitally master and correct their images, and then they order prints and albums from us because they know that the quality is far superior than anywhere else that they can take their cd.  Besides...is a cd a piece of art?   I mean REALLY... I would love to hang a cd on my wall to showcase what I spent my hardearned money on!

So.  What is a FAUXTOGRAPHER?  Anyone with a camera; iPhone, Point and Shoot, Digital Rebel...calls themself a photographer these days.  They say things like, "I will shoot your photos for far less than the other photographers," or "Why go to a stuffy studio?"  Well, chances are they don't have a studio or professional equipment and they have no idea of the true costs of running a legit business.  These photographers usually simply hand you a cd.  I guess that is their form of art.  Sometimes you are lucky enough that they actually edit the photos and throw out the bad ones.  You might have a few de-saturated images (that they call vintage,) and then... well, you are left to your own demise to color-correct, retouch, and print your own images. Check out this blog.  It does a great job defining fauxtographers as well.  Check it out here.

 

 

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Senior Portrait Blog / Senior Portraits Are More Than Just Taking a Photo

I remember my senior year, because it was the best year from all of my childhood years... skip day, prom, varsity soccer and of course the cute boys:)  Although it was over ten years ago from when I graduated, I remember going to the school during the summer right before my senior year to have my portraits taken for the yearbook by the school photography company.  I couldn't wait to get them back and see what I had to choose from! 

I was so disappointed when my proofs arrived.  I thought they were boring, dull and mucho, mucho cheesy!  I even had several photos that were improperly lit.  It was scary to think that those photos were all I had to remember my senior year by,  until I started receiving mailers from a local studio, John Barfield Photography.  The seniors shown on his card were very relaxed in their posing and I was drawn to all of the outdoor options that were offered. 

I thought I was going to have to beg my dad to let me take my senior portraits again at John Barfield, but boy, was I wrong.  As a teenager, I never really wanted to have my pictures taken.  So, when I asked to have professional portraits done at a studio that I liked... my dad was more than happy to take me!  (In fact, he may have literally dragged me there.)

My experience at John Barfield was so different than the one I had at school.  The session with my photographer was much more personal.  He took the time to get to know me and help me relax in my photographs.  I walked around to different set ups and backgrounds rather than standing with the "good old" SENIOR block and doing all of my photos with the same backgrounds.  The results... well, they were far better than I ever expected.  There were no forced and uncomfortable smiles like the ones I gave to my school photographer, and I could never have asked for more variety.  (He even captured a beautiful "serious" look... and I never liked that look on me.)

After my experience at John Barfield's studio, I realized something.  Portraits are much more than just taking pictures.  It is about the experience that you have at the studio and the relationship that cultivates with your photographer.  There is also a higher level of customer service that customers receive.  Rather than "getting you in and hurrying you out," a professional studio will set aside ample time to help you make all of the important decisions regarding your session and photography.  All of these things combined, are why it is important to mark this milestone with professional portraits.  Anyone can take a picture.  But a picture is just not good enough for your senior year.  Choose a professional photographer to take great senior portraits!

P.S.  I was able to get my hands on a few of my senior portraits.  The images below are used with the permission of John Barfield.

 

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