I have spent a lifetime avoiding professional photographers. Why, you ask? Because of the expensive fees. Who in their right mind can afford to shell out $100-300 for a photographer? I know I can’t. I refused to pay anyone that ind of money for simply taking and printing photos for me. That has come right back around to bite me. As I have gotten into taking pictures more I realize its so much more than shoot and print. For example:
Yesterday I was at a neighbor’s house. Invited at the last minute to a kids birthday party. I wasn’t going to go. I was tired, not in the mood. Yet as I lay on my bed, being lazy I felt bad. Then I had the idea I could go, I could offer to do the pictures. That’s putting myself out there. Letting people know I exist! I was there for nearly three and a half hours. Took 400 pictures.
It is now nearly 24 hours later. I have put almost an additional 5 hours into those pictures I took. Organizing them into categories. Editing those that just totally call for it. Making a slide show and putting music to it. My hands hurt from the mouse and clicking. My back hurts from not having a decent work space. I am tired. Yet I am so happy. I love every minute of this.
Never again will I roll my eyes at a photographer’s fee. I applaud every back breaking moment taken by a photographer and I thank everyone of you that took time to do pictures for me.