I spend quite a bit of time blogging about quick tips to improve your photography. To me, those skills are awesome to have, but are not a replacement for professional photos.
The reason I teach is because I want don’t want people to miss moments when they are photographing and playing with their dogs, or when they are somewhere fun with their family, and want great images of their day.
I want people to know how to capture things as they happen, without staring at their camera trying to figure out what to do. You can’t really have a pro follow you around all the time -so knowing how to shoot with what you have is extremely important.
That being said, cell phone photos are only so good, you might not be in the photos (which you may be totally ok with – but you might want a few with your furry companion), and you can’t really fully be in the moment if you’re shooting.
Find a professional photographer and get some images done that you really, really love. Hire someone whose style suits you. Some of us like more candid type photography – others like posed images. It’s all about what you will cherish.
I also encourage you to get some physical products or prints made. Digital files are not the same as something on your wall.
My goal this year is to hire someone else to take great photos of the dogs with Al & I. I want to have many, many more framed prints and canvases on my walls at home. I miss going through photo albums like I did when I was a kid. Looking at photos of everyone when they were so much younger (especially my grandparents) was one of my favorite activities, and what inspired me to be a photographer.
The dogs are getting older (Scout can hardly get up off the floor now 🙁 ), and I want to make sure I have photos of all of us, so I can remember all the good times we had together. My most cherished images of my late husband are with Scout and Stewie – sometimes you only realize how important a photo you took is when they’re gone.
I take these images for my clients – now I need to do some for myself. I personally hate how I look in photos (why do you think I am usually behind the camera 😉 ), so this should be interesting. I’ll let you know how it goes!
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