I sometimes ask myself this question. Why pay someone money for pictures you can take on your iPhone? The answer came at my wedding and the birth of my two (so far) sons. Not all photos are created equal.
When we had our wedding photos done by a big name company that’s recognized nationally, I instantly trusted what we were paying for because of the name brand. I was severely disappointed to say the least. The gentleman that came and took our photos had no idea what he was doing. He had no ideas for poses and would just stand there until I asked for certain pictures to be taken. When asked how long he had been taking photos he casually said it was more of a hobby and hasn’t taken any for quite some time. So you’re telling me the portfolio of pictures I looked at when deciding to hire you via this large cooperation weren’t even yours? Tell that to any bride on her wedding day, as she’s getting dressed and tell me you wouldn’t be just as panicked as I was. But there was nothing I could do about it at that point. Long story short… we got only a few photos that I actually wanted to print.
Fast forward to the birth of our first son Hunter. That precious, miraculous gift from God. I had been praying to have a baby, more specifically a son (to watch over any future daughters) since I was about 15. I was one of those crazy girls who could have had a baby at 16 and been over the moon about it! When my husband and I got married we instantly got pregnant with Hunter. When we had him we wanted to get newborn shots done. We had gotten maternity ones by a local photographer (Susan Costa Photography) who does AMAZING work! That’s while we were home in Maine. When we gave birth to Hunter we were in California. So flash backs of the awful wedding photos came back and we did the wrong thing… we didn’t get them done at all. Of course I have a TON of iPhone photos and personal camera shots of him in his newborn stage. The kid is not without photos, neither of them are. But there is something so special about having newborn pictures done that again, I kick myself every day for not doing.
Fisher, our second child was the same way. Only we didn’t get maternity photos done, and this time our reason for not doing newborn photos was because we didn’t have money. I was able to mess around with the camera I had at the time and do a couple rookie ones. We also had a friend that was a professional and he took pictures for us. They just never got edited because when you have two under two, some things take a back seat.
I’ve always been a jack of all trades, master of none. Until this past year. I have always had a deep love and desire for photos. The moments pass too quickly to not capture them and be able to reflect back when those moments are gone. I look back at some important moments in my life, in my memory, and realize I don’t have any photos to get those memories flooding back or show my future grandchildren. Even when I graduated from boot camp, I only have a few pictures. That day was such a blur to me that I looked at pictures years later and realized I didn’t have any of me in my uniform with my parents. Are you kidding me?! I was so disappointed. But it was in the moment and too many other emotions were at play. Hence, why a professional photographer is needed. They keep a cool, level, semi-unattached attitude so that they can capture those moments.
This ability and gift for photography and web design has been a total gift from God. All glory to Him! Because I was not this good before. I absolutely don’t mean to “toot my own horn” either. It’s the fact of the matter that after some classes and time spent with the right equipment that images began to improve (helps I have some of the cutest models in the world). They improved so much to the point that my husband and I prayed about it, and believe we are lead to open this up as an actual business. When you have a talent, a natural God given ability, for something… the proof is in the pictures. I am so very blessed because of it.
Photos mean SO much to me. I just can’t say it enough. Don’t let those moments pass you by. Get someone to capture them for you. You won’t ever regret having pictures, you’ll regret missing those moments.
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We have now welcomed our third son to this world and I couldn’t be happier with the timing and ability to take beautiful lifestyle photos of my son in the hospital (as you see above). I get to capture these awesome moments every day now with all my boys. I get to send these precious to our friends and families afar. Let Katherine Chase Photography do the same for you.