“Ohh I love your work! Do you think you can come by my party? You’ll get some fabulous shots.”
Some people think it’s as simple as that. That if I show up at their bar/party/event I’ll end up with photos as good as what they see on my social media. A lot goes into the photos I produce, and the camera/lens is not the only tool I use to make them that fantastic. It’s like a recipe.
A baker doesn’t just open the oven door and out pops fabulous cupcakes. You may only taste scrumptious cupcakes, but I assure you there was a lot that went into the process that got them to your plate.
First, it takes ingredients. Like a baker, photographers have ingredients too. Ingredients like the model, the wardrobe, and the location. And, the better your ingredients, the better your end product.
Then there are the tools that bring all those ingredients together. Pans and bowls and mixers for the baker; lights, lens, modifiers, and yes even ambiance.
And think of the baker icing and decorating his cupcakes as the post processing. They don’t come out of the oven that way, and MOST professinal photos you see don’t come straight out of the camera with icing on them.
If you asked a baker to show up at your party and bring his over, would you expect the same cupcakes? Don’t expect a photographer to show up at your place with just his camera and hope to get the same style photos. You’ll get some great shots from an experienced photographer, but you probably won’t get what you expected.