Pet portrait by Michael Broyles Photography

Pet Portrait

There was a time, not too long ago, when owning your own camera was considered a luxury.  Nowadays, smartphones work double duty as cameras and having the ability to snap photos and selfies is considered more of a right than a privilege.  That does not mean people have become amateur photographers overnight.  To get a great shot time and after time takes a good deal of training and practice.

As a photographer, one of the most common complaints I hear is “I hate how I look in photographs.”  The reasons are many: bad lighting, inexperience, poor camera quality…the list goes on.  There is also the way we perceive ourselves on film.  A photo is not a mirror image of ourselves; instead, our features are flipped so what we are used to seeing in a mirror is on the opposite side.  A bit of a brain tease that, nonetheless, can result in disappointment when we see ourselves in the finished product.  Added to that, studies have shown that close-up photos can make subjects look less trust-worthy, competent, and attractive.  So much for selfies…

When you want to take a self-portrait that truly reflects who you are, it is worth your time and money to turn to a professional photographer for your photo session.  Here are three reasons why:

A professional photographer can make you look good.

This is especially important for business photographs and occasions where you want to put your best foot forward.  A professional photographer will not only help you select the best location and style for your photo session, but will provide tips on what to wear and how to prepare for your shoot.  He or she will also work with you to re-touch your photographs so that common annoyances like red eyes and glare are corrected and your image is polished.

A professional photographer uses the highest quality equipment.

Professional photographers have access to the latest, most innovative equipment available in their field, and they know how to use their equipment to capture just the right effect and pose for your portrait.  They also have years of training and experience in both the artistic and technical aspects of photography, which means they have an array of lighting, design, and style techniques at their disposal to bring out the best shot at your photo session.

A professional photographer is invested in your satisfaction.

When you choose to work with a professional photographer, you can be certain that he or she is committed to capturing your image in a way that makes you happy today, tomorrow, and 10 years down the road.  Professional photographers are proud of their work and stake their reputation on it.  They will pay attention to the smallest details and work with you until everything about the shot is just right for you.

Want to learn more about what a professional photographer can do for you?  Schedule a consultation with me at Michael Broyles Photography.  I look forward to making you shine.

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