Why Custom Photography?

Custom photography is portraiture at its best.  If you choose to hire a portrait photographer who does custom work it is because you value portraits as works of art and want your images to be unique and timeless.  Your photographer should bring with them not only their time and quality equipment but their creative talent to shoot, edit and retouch your images with care.  There are many vehicles out there to obtain pictures of you and your family and every picture is precious! There is nothing wrong with going to a portrait studio or taking pictures in your home as any image of you and your loved ones is priceless.  However, it is important to know the different types of photography so you can decide what is best for you.

Chain studios vs. Custom photography :

Custom photographers are often professional or semi professional photographers and have equipment that is rather expensive that they use both to shoot and edit your portraits.  They spend a good amount of time on detail and often devote numerous hours to each shoot  followed often by numerous hours editing in post production.  They are often more expensive because of this.  Chain studios often do not hire professional photographers, and although they have good lighting set ups, they generally do not have the flexibility to individualize sessions.  These studios often schedule numerous appointments in a day which leaves little time for each subject- decreasing the likelihood of getting that perfect shot and sometimes creating a rushed session.  Chain studios can be less expensive but if you are not ready to walk away from images, you could end up spending as much, if not more, than you would a custom photographer in order to purchase images on a CD and/or prints/products.  There is little retouching of images with chain studios.  With Custom photographers you can expect them to devote as much time as needed to get great portraits that pay close attention to detail and creative design.

Finding the right custom Photographer:

So you know you want to hire a custom photographer- what should you know?   Most custom photographers charge a session fee and then have separate fees where you can purchase prints, products and images separately.  Some photographers will sell digital images to you individually and/or as a package.  If you purchase digital images, some photographers will release rights to print these images while others will only sell images for uploading to the web/ Facebook.  So when you look for a photographer pay attention to what exactly you get with the price of a session and what the prices or restrictions are for purchasing afterwards.  Some other things to look at- how much are extras/ prints? does the photographer offer other products? do they have a good reputation from others who have used them? do they have a studio or do they go to locations? do they charge travel fees? sitting fees? have a minimum order requirement ?(this is where there is often a low sitting fee for the session but there is a minimum amount of product/prints you have to buy or you get charged this minimum anyway) and last but certainly not least- do you like their work? Many have websites, blogs and/or Facebook pages to showcase their portraits.  Every photographer has their own style so make sure you like their work.  If you know what you are looking for in a photographer, I’m sure you will find someone that is the right fit for you.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions about my custom photography business or just general questions.  I’d be more than happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns you have even if you don’t think my custom photography is right for you. I have two little boys at home so Facebook, email and text are often the best ways to get a hold of me but feel free to call as well.  Thanks for checking out my blog!

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