Our lives are made up of a series of days. Some days are forgettable, and some you will remember forever. Birthdays, anniversaries, marriages, births, and even deaths all have a profound impact on our lives. While it may seem like they will be easy to vividly remember forever, as the years go by the vividness of those memories will fade. Ask any older person you know if they wish they had more memories of their past and they will likely say yes. In this modern age we can avoid that problem by taking photographs. This is something everybody does, but there may be ways to do it better. Some people like to hire professional photographers to document their lives, while others prefer to do it themselves. Whichever you choose to do will depend upon a couple of factors.
The obvious advantage of hiring a photographer is that you are free from the responsibility of taking pictures. Imagine trying to take the pictures at your own wedding! It would be nearly impossible. But with a hired photographer, you are free to enjoy the day without worry. Conversely, with a photographer there is a stranger involved in a very personal part of your life. Some people experience a lack of intimacy when they do not take their own pictures. Often a stranger in a family setting can make some people feel slightly uncomfortable and unwilling to act openly and freely.
Another factor to consider is picture quality. It is certainly possible to take professional photographs with your own camera. Modern cameras are incredibly sophisticated as well as affordable. The major drawback is that it takes many hours of training and practice to use a camera effectively. Even though you have a high quality camera it does not mean you will automatically be able to take high quality pictures. Photographers not only have the experience, but also additional lights, stands, and other equipment to help make quality photos. On the flipside, so many people love retro-looking photo editors that it may not make a difference.
Some moments in life are well planned out and prepared for months or even years in advance. Others happen spontaneously. When you have a planned event, you have the chance to hire a photographer, but many of our greatest memories are not planned and happen unexpectedly. For these instances it is best to always have your own camera ready. Some events, such as an impromptu marriage proposal, will never be photographed and we will just have to rely on our memory to save the moment. Whereas, a planned event like a graduation has so much expectation behind it that not accurately documenting it would be a disservice to all of those involved. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us for advice about how best to document those special moments in your life.