so you've decided you need to find the perfect photographer for you...

there are many things to consider, from artistic style to pricing, services + final products offered. but one key factor when choosing a photographer is the level of experience they have, and what that means for you, especially when trusting them with you + your families most valuable memories. while it may be tempting to skip the experience to cut down your price tag, or your wait time for an opening with a much sought after photographer, you may be making a trade off for the level of service you receive.

so what exactly will a photographer with years of experience bring to the table during your shoot or on your wedding day?

they have honed the basic skills, so they can be more focused on the details, mindful of the little things + more time for creativity...

a shift over time as a photographer happens from the beginning - having to focus mainly on gear + if you're using it right, + the poses + if you're doing them right, to down the line, once you have gained enough experience that they won’t e so caught up in the HOW of taking your photographs, allowing them the opportunity + comfort ability to be more personable, enjoy their time with you, make you feel at ease + confident in front of the camera. they'll have learned posing enough to be able to interact with you to naturally guide your way through your session, + their focus will be on the client, the details of your experience + their interactions with you while still producing amazing photographs you will value for years to come with ease.

their work is consistent...

an experienced photographer knows their way around their equipment, + how to interact with their clients, + as a result, can produce the same level of work each time they set out on the field. because of this, you know what you're investing in, + you know you're going to be delivered a product that keeps up with those standards. along side this, over time a photographer grows into a shooting + editing style of their own that you will see throughout their images. ask your potential photographer to take a peek at their portfolio. you'll be able to tell the difference between a few carefully curated photographs, + a catalog of images that speak to them giving excellent service everywhere they set foot. i was photographer being paid for my services for years before i ever offered wedding coverage because i valued greatly how important having a strong skillset + experience impacted the overall ability to guarantee to my bride + groom's that i could deliver them every key moment that mattered without a second thought.

they have the business side of things pretty figured out...

which leaves you with an enjoyable experience that is worry free. when you chose a photographer who has been working in the field for a time, they have a process of how they do business, they protect their assets + your investment in them with insurance, they know the products their clientele find most desirable (+ offer them,) + their pricing, turning around time, + customer service practices stay consistent.

they know it isn't just about having expensive gear...

it's about passion, education, creativity, + desire in a constantly evolving field. rather than taking their time researching the BEST camera to buy, or constantly navigating their way around a new gadget, an experienced photographer has built a relationship with their gear, knows how to use it to get exactly what you're looking for + on top of that is now able to push the boundaries of what they can create.

they've seen it all - your screaming kiddo isn't the first, + it won't be the last...

i can't tell you how many times i've had a mother appologize for her little one, being, well, a little one! a photographer who has been in the business for a long time won't bat an eyelash if your kid isn't ready for the shot, just woke up from a nap in the car on the way to location, or is shy in front of the camera at first + will probably even have a few tricks up their sleeve to entice them to interact when they are ready.

everyone starts somewhere, so be sure to give those looking for experience a shot too, but for your post precious moments, be sure to take your photographers level of experience into consideration to ensure you can be confident you will receive the quality images + interaction you are looking for! after being a photographer for ten years, i can say one thing that i love about what i do, is that there is always something new to be learned - this makes me forever engaged + enthralled by what i can do, + taking things to the next level, while the experience i've gained over the years has become invaluable in helping me to be confident enough to work with large crowds on wedding days, deal with less than ideal lighting situations, navigate any unexpected hiccups on-location, + react based upon instinct in the moment that i would not have without time.