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A professional photographer is a person who is skilled in the art making someone look good in a photograph. While it's true that in the digital world we live in today just about anyone can pick up a camera and snap a few pictures, it is even more true that most of the pictures taken by most people don't look very good. They may be out of focus, poorly lit, poorly framed, and not at all complimentary to the subject.
There are any number of reasons to seek out a professional photographer:
Locating a photographer is easy. Just grab the Yellow Pages or Google for a photographer in your area. You will find that there are hundreds if not thousands of photographers readily available. Picking the right photographer is not so easy. Look at their website for samples of their work. Ask about the cost. You may want to go with a large chain (e.g. Wal-mart's photo studio) if price is a concern, or a boutique photographer if you want a special look and price is no object. There is a photographer in our area whose studio does nothing but photos of high school students. It all depends on what you are looking for, so shop around.
Here's what to expect when working with a photographer: A photographer should have a studio. This is a place where they work and take pictures. The studio will have special lights, props, and backgrounds depending on the subject and his or her needs. The photographer may also shoot outdoors depending on the season, the weather, and their schedule.
A photographer will charge what is called a sitting-fee which is a bit of a misnomer. You are not paying for the privilege to sit down in front of the camera, what you are paying for is the photographer's time and maybe some materials (film). Some photographers may wave this fee if you buy enough photos or if they are running a promotoional to attract customers. It doesn't hurt to ask.
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