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The Guide To Using Flash At Weddings

The usage of flash in photography has always been a sticky subject among wedding photographers and even non-photographers as well. In fact, there are actually some photographers who despise the idea of using flash or even light modifiers as they feel either they are “unnatural” or just not comfortable using it.

However, there will be instances when flash is necessary to use in certain situations. We shall further look at those situations here in this piece as to what would warrant them for the use of flash.

At Wedding Venues and Reception Areas

Wedding ballrooms, churches and reception areas are prone to have less than ideal light for photographers to take advantage of. Thus, the flash helps create a primary source of light that is brighter and more pleasant than the dim ambient light. It has to be noted though that in a number of cases, churches do not allow using flash during ceremonies, so you have to discuss using artificial light with the church personnel before the ceremony.

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To help diffuse the harshness of the flash, if there are white ceilings in the area that are not too high, you can mount flash on your DSLR and bounce light off the ceiling or nearby white walls. Alternately, you can use what is called a bounce card which (with the flash) will enable your image to have a much better light source than direct flash.

Photographing Details Indoors

For wedding photographers like Alicia Dunlop, part of the job is to photograph well the details that highlight the theme of the wedding or other interesting details. Sometimes, the light in the venue would suffice, sometimes they would not. If it is the latter case and you wish to save some time photographing details faster, a flash on top of your camera bouncing off a white card might suffice.

When subject is poorly lit outdoors

Most photographers do not bother with flash outdoors, with natural light readily available. Unfortunately, that light is not always available, especially once the sunset arrives. Much like photographing indoors, you may need to use artificial light source, such as flash.

Fill Flash – when shooting backlit

Shooting subjects in a backlit setup can create a nice separation and bring more depth to images. But if the subject is heavily backlit (say with the sun behind), the opposite side of the subject which is facing the camera might get underexposed. Fill flash can help in this situation; single diffused light positioned away from the camera would do the job.

Overpowering the sun to avoid hot spots and intense shadow

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While the sunlight can be a good friend for outdoor photography, there are times, usually in the afternoon, when the light can be too harsh on the photo as the sun is directly overhead. Setting up an umbrella or a softbox with the flash helps get around that problem and you get beautiful photos as a result.

Avoiding environmental color casts on your subject’s skin tone

Sometimes when working with natural reflectors, you get to run into a problem where your subject will assume the color of the reflective surface. You can reduce this effect by using a reflector right next to your subject or use fill flash (umbrella, softbox or other modifier) to illuminate your subject, which will more or less isolate him/her from the rest of the background and reduce color reflections.

Final words

Flash helps provide dimension in your photography, allowing you to solve or at least get around the problems you sometimes face in photography. Just remember to leave some room for creativity to get the best results as possible in your photos.

Top 5 Things to Consider When Looking for a Wedding Venue

wedding venuesAfter the romantic wedding proposal, you are finally engaged to your loved one. You feel ecstatic and excited to be together forever. But wait! You realized that you still need to prepare for your wedding. There are loads of things to do and there are many decisions as well as choices to make.

You both have to decide on the wedding date. You need to hire wedding professionals such as a wedding photographer cambridgeshire and choose a wedding theme. And of course, you must look for the right wedding venue.

Looking for a wedding venue is somehow confusing for engaged couples because they need to find one that suits their dream wedding. This makes the wedding venue a very important factor because it can define what the wedding will be like.

There are several things to consider when looking for a wedding venue. Below are the top 5 that you should know before making a final decision on where to have your wedding.

  1. Budget

Like all other occasions and events, budget is the first consideration when looking for a wedding venue. Set how much is the maximum you are willing to spend for the venue and then list the venues or places you are considering. Inquire from each venue to know how much it costs, how many hours you can rent and if it is available on your desired date.

Although we want our wedding to be special and memorable, it doesn’t have to be extravagant. You can make the wedding look luxurious without spending too much. Start by sticking with your budget not only of the wedding venue hire but also with other things you need to spend on for the wedding.

  1. Location and Capacity

The location of your chosen venue must be easily accessible if you want your guests to easily reach the venue. Consider where most of your relatives and friends live when deciding which wedding venue to select. You also need to know if the venue can accommodate all your guests so if you have plenty of guests, then you surely need a bigger venue where all your guests can fit it.

  1. Wedding Theme

Weddings have different themes and a theme is one of the very first things that the couple needs to decide for their wedding. The wedding venue must suit your desired wedding theme so you can achieve the kind of wedding that you and your spouse want to have. If you plan to have the wedding somewhere in Santa Barbara, you can inquire from this Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer on what venues are great there.

  1. Amenities and other services

Some wedding venues have wonderful amenities and extra services to make it easier for the couple to plan and prepare for the wedding. No need to go far to look for stuff and people like a caterer or florist since they already available in there. There are venues also that offer great amenities that will make you and your guests stay more comfortable, fun and relaxing.

  1. Parking space

You may not expect this but parking space is really an important consideration when looking for a wedding venue. Make sure it is wide especially if you are expecting plenty of attendees. Do not make your guests worry on where to park upon their arrival because this will surely piss them off.

Conduct an ocular check of the place before signing any contract so you will know if the venue is exactly what you want for your wedding.

Tips For Great Wedding Videos

Videos are an integral part of documentation in weddings. Thus, videographers have a challenging task of making sure the output they get to churn out would be of great quality that guests and especially the couple would get to appreciate.

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Experts have thus shared 6 tips in ensuring a great wedding video coverage.

  1. Remember that it’s all about the bride and groom. This is the most basic (and most important) tip of all. Keep in mind what they would like in the video. Get as many shots of them as you can of them at every important moment: the holding hands at the rehearsal, when they first see each other at the ceremony, when they walk after the vows and the ceremony, to every interaction they have at any point during the reception. Encourage others attending the wedding to talk about them on camera. Most importantly, concentrate on capturing those once-in-a-lifetime shots.
  2. Keep the theme of the wedding in mind. Make sure that you highlight that theme at every opportunity possible while shooting the video, whether the theme can be seen in the decorations, the outfits, whatever element that is present.
  3. Attend the wedding rehearsal. This will provide you a great opportunity to locate all the electrical outlets you will need, as well as the best places in the venue where your camera can shoot the best possible angles. Also, it will also help you familiarize yourself with other aspects such as placement of the lighting and sound equipment to the order of events, as well as where the key people (parents of the bride and groom, for example) will be sitting, etc. And if you’re actually doing a video recording during the rehearsal (which is highly recommended) is lots of wonderful behind-the-scenes footage to include in your wedding video.
  4. Be friends with the wedding photographer, regardless of his background like a wedding photographer gloucestershire. Coordinate with him on all aspects of the coverage as much as possible and work with one another in providing a great coverage of the wedding in both photos and video. Be ready to have each other’s backs in case one of you is unable to get a good shot, ensuring every important moment is captured in either photo or video.
  5. Make sure you (and your video camera most especially) will be able to see the bride when she walks down the aisle. As obvious as it sounds, make sure that that your video camera’s line of vision will include the bride. After all, she is one of the leading stars of the wedding video you are making, so to speak, so make sure she stands out in that particular moment.

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  1. Make it personal. Even if you have produced so many wedding videos, to your clients which are the bride and groom, their wedding is a unique event that deserves a special touch, so to speak. Edit accordingly, ensuring there is a sense of uniformity between the theme of the wedding and the elements you will adding in the video, like the fonts, the music, the art, etc.

One more thing

There will be times though that things would not go according to plan as you shoot the video during that big day. In case that happens, do not fret. Take it as an opportunity to be creative and come up with interesting ideas that would not only compensate with the issues you have encountered, but also help make the video even more special as well.

Why Hire a Second Shooter for Your Wedding

wedding photographyCouples who are planning their wedding look forward to having the memories of this special event captured or recorded on camera. Most of them would hire a professional wedding photographer to do the huge task of photographing the event and delivering brilliant wedding pictures that are worth keeping.

A wedding photographer is definitely important to hire for your wedding. The question now is, should you hire a second shooter for your big day? A second shooter is another photographer who will assist the primary photographer in covering the wedding. He/she usually coordinates with the main shooter and is associated with the same company.

Some wedding photographers hampshire will include the option of another shooter in the wedding package at a higher rate so couples can have another alternative. Is it really important to have two photographers for your wedding? Isn’t one photographer enough? Well, we have assessed the same thing and we came up with the answer that indeed hiring a second shooter is important.

Below are the reasons why you should consider getting two (or more) photographers for your wedding.

  1. Your main photographer cannot be in two places at once

Normally, a wedding photographer will focus on the couple and the moments during the wedding preparation, the ceremony and the wedding party. At times, there are great or fun moments that happen among the guests that cannot be covered by the main photographer because he/she is busy taking shots of the couple. The only solution to this is if there is someone who can position himself or herself in another spot and take pictures of the guests.

  1. More fleeting moments and people can be photographed

In weddings, the number of guests varies but in most weddings there will be more than 100 guests. And so, by having a second shooter, more people can be captured on camera and both photographers can surely cover more special, fleeting moments.

  1. Better wedding coverage when two heads work together

Two photographers especially from the same company who have worked together before can surely plan the coverage better. The main photographer can lead the planning and assign which parts of the wedding the second shooter will cover or where the second photographer will position himself.

These photographers can even discuss among themselves about taking turns in eating their meal during break. One can take his light meal while the other one continues taking pictures then later on they’ll exchange roles and the other photographers get to rest.

  1. Wide variety of wedding shots

Two photographers can certainly bring more cameras, lenses and accessories that can help produce different kinds of shots. One wedding photographer kent can attach a wide-angle lens on his/her camera to shoot pictures of the wedding venue or the guests while the other one uses a zoom lens or prime lens to take portrait shots of the couple. These two photographers can definitely come up with more awesome pictures that you will truly love.

Of course, the choice of having two photographers will still depend on your budget and in many other factors. If you think your wedding photographer is very skilled and can work on the wedding alone, then you don’t have to hire another one.

5 Steps to Perfect Portraits Using Photo Editing Software

With the growing importance of photo editing, it is imperative for photographers, even a Portrait Photographer London to learn the ins and outs of photo editing software as a way to enhance their images and make them better. Here’s sharing some tips as to how to make the most of such software and have better looking portrait photographs in the process.

Step 1 – Add layers

If you are going to make some significant changes to your image, always make it a point to add at least 1 layer on your image where you can do your editing of the image. The importance of adding a new layer to your image is that you don’t get to do any changes on your image so in an instance when the change you made is incorrect or if you may need to go back to the image original, you can do so simply by clicking on the original layer of the image. Make it a point to add a layer for every significant change you do on the image to easily review the work you have done.

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Step 2 – Use the Image Analysis Tools

The first thing you need to learn in Photoshop is reading the image analysis tools which tell you what you need to know about the image you wish to work on. One of them is the Histogram which provides information on the exposure of the photograph, whether it is under or over exposed, as well as the tonal range. There is also the Eyedropper tool which provides you information about the color in the image, especially if a certain color in the image is too dominant that you may need to correct. Then there is the Info palette (or window) which provides numerical feedback on your image which serves as a handy reference, especially for advanced users.

Step 3 – Correct Image Brightness, Contrast, and White Balance

Once you’ve learned how to read the image analysis tools, you will have a better grasp of editing the photo’s brightness, contrast, and white balance as these tools also allow you to make the necessary corrections. Try going around these different elements with the different corrections you can do until you get a more balanced portrait image as a result with the colors and lighting done just right.

Step 4 – Sharpen the image

To make your portrait images look better especially on greater resolution, use the sharpen tools in the software. One of these tools is the Unsharp Mask which is available in Photoshop. This command actually uses a blurred copy of the original image to reduce the dynamic range and effectively sharpen the points with higher contrast and some greater detail as well.

Step 5 – Draw the focus to the face

It has often been said that faces are generally the most interesting part of an image, most especially in portrait photographs which should be. The viewer’s eyes are naturally drawn to faces but you can help boost this natural tendency by playing with the elements such as the highlights and shadows of the image. One can do corrections but be mindful that these corrections should cause the photo to look too unnatural which is a no-no in portrait photography.

 

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With more learning and practice, you should be able to make your portrait photographs even better. Keep in mind that above all, else the photo should present your subject at his/her best and whatever editing you will do should not serve to distract the view from the subject in the photo.

Of course, it is important to constantly learn new techniques for better looking portraits. There are a lot of resources available in photo editing portraits that you can check out.

Photography Tips for Low Light Conditions

basic photographyAmong the several challenges that a photographer needs to overcome is poor lighting condition. There are instances when the location of a photo shoot has insufficient light or the schedule of shoot is set in the evening where light is not enough. An amateur photographer will surely find this problem quite challenging but a professional photographer who already has an experience in shooting under low light can surely find ways to solve this problem.

Here are some photography tips that professional photographers apply when confronted with a low light situation.

  1. Change camera settings

DSLR cameras have different features and specifications. You need to familiarize or even master your own camera in order to know how to best adjust it to get your desired shot. In a low light situation, the shutter speed, ISO and aperture of your camera as well as your lens can have a big impact on how little or adequate the light that gets in.

If you set the camera to its maximum ISO, more light can enter into the camera. You have to be careful though in adjusting because at times a high ISO can give you grainy images. It is often referred to as “noise” in the image. You really have to study and practice using your camera unit so you will know the safest maximum ISO that won’t produce blurry images.

  1. Use a wide aperture lens

If you only have the basic kit lens, then you eventually need to consider purchasing a wide aperture lens. A wide aperture lens which is sometimes termed as “fast lens” is best in low light situations. They can capture light because of their speed and so the wider the aperture of your lens is, more light can pass through it. When buying lenses, take not that wider lenses have lower f-number and so f/1.8 is wider than f /3.5. Our derby wedding photographer uses a wide aperture lens when light is insufficient inside a wedding venue.

  1. Make use of an external flash unit

If adjusting your camera and using a wide aperture lens still didn’t work, you can use an external flash unit. Avoid using your camera’s built-in flash because it can produce more dark areas in your image. Position the external flash unit to an angle where the scene will be illuminated and yet less to no shadow can be seen. If the light is too much, you can bounce it off the ceiling or wall or use another accessory to diffuse it.

  1. Learn the proper way of holding your camera

The way you hold or carry your camera can affect your captured image. There are proper ways to hold your camera when aiming for a shot and this is taught when you undergo photography training. An example is by holding the lens with all fingers in one hand and not just your thumb and forefinger. Doing this technique can help you produce clean, sharper images.

Frequent practice of shooting in low light can help you easily learn how to handle such situation. You will know what specific tip among the 4 mentioned above is applicable once you get used to it.

Baby Portrait Photography Tips

baby portrait photographyLooking at the picture of a baby puts a smile on our face. We feel good whenever we see pictures of a baby hanging on a wall or displayed in the room. Babies certainly have this unique charm that can send good vibes to people surrounding them. Some professional photographers even decided to specialize in baby portrait photography because they find it exciting and fun.

Baby portrait photography is a specialized form of portrait photography where the subject is a baby. It is usually done inside a studio or in one of the rooms in the client’s house. Parents usually hire a baby photographer because they want to keep an image of their child while he/she is still young. A baby only becomes a newborn for a short time, which is in the first two weeks while the infancy stage is only in the first 18 months and it will never recur again in a person’s life.  This makes baby portrait photography important to parents.

Now, if you want to specialize in baby portrait photography, there are tips you can apply to make your baby portraits look better and close to perfect.

  1. Study your camera

You definitely cannot get the shots right if you don’t even know how to use your camera. Familiarize each setting, mode and control in your camera so you can adjust it according to your desired newborn photography shot.

  1. Use natural light

Light coming from the sun and entering into the window is the best light to use when shooting baby portraits. It can flatter the subject without overdoing it. Even this event photographer loves to make use of the natural light from the sun than light from a flash.

  1. Take macro shots

Macro shots of the newborn will certainly please the parents. They’d love to keep the images of their baby’s tiny hands, cute feet, pink cheeks and other facial features of their adorable child. Purchase a macro lens in order to produce awesome macro shots that your clients will really love.

  1. Try different angles

Getting ideas from fellow photographers on what angles are best to get the shots you want can help you master baby portraits faster. Practice also on where and to position yourself when shooting in different angles. Keep in mind that images look different depending on the angle you are shooting.

  1. Know the best times

Since newborn photo shoots are usually held indoors, the best way to get sharp images is to use natural light. And since there are times that the sunlight is too harsh, you will have to choose the best times for the shoot. Most photographers prefer shooting early morning and late afternoon when the sun is no longer too bright.

  1. Always be prepared

Make it a habit to prepare days ahead before the schedule baby photo shoot. Check your cameras and other accessories, practice using your camera, finalize the details with the parents and back your bag.

  1. Take a lot of shots

Shooting a lot can help you get more options to choose from when deciding later on which ones to keep or have printed. Also, don’t forget to check background before clicking on your camera so you can make sure there are no unnecessary elements in the background that can take away the focus from the real subject – the baby.

There are other tips and techniques you can apply in order to get perfect baby portraits. Check online for more information or talk to credible professional photographer for helpful advice.

 

5 Things Amateur Wedding Photographers Should Learn First

wedding photographerA wedding is a joyous event that you as a photographer would feel proud to be a part of. You feel a certain sense of pride knowing that you were chosen to work on a big task. The big task involves capturing precious moments and delivering brilliant wedding pictures. These pictures are expected to reflect the beautiful and memorable wedding that happened.

If you are new to wedding photography, you will surely feel anxious on how your first wedding task will end up. Will you succeed or fail?

Well, you surely wouldn’t want to fail, right? Here are the 5 things that an amateur photographer like you should learn first so your wedding coverage will turn out successful.

  1. Scout the wedding venue

Find time to look at the wedding venue before the scheduled wedding. Plan your angles, position and things to bring. Know also if there are rules or limitations in the venue when it comes to taking pictures. Check also the lighting so you will be aware if light is insufficient or not. If it is, then you will have to bring a camera that works well in low light or an external flash if really necessary.

  1. Check then pack your gear

Bring at least 2 cameras, 2 lenses, 3 fully charged batteries and memory cards. If you plan to take individual and group portraits, include a tripod in your pack. Check if all equipment function and repair or replace when necessary. You cannot cover the whole wedding if your equipment suddenly malfunctions or you ran out of memory space.

  1. Clear things out

If you need to speak again with the couple to clarify things, then do so. Never hesitate to ask or clarify anything related to the wedding. You need to have a good business relationship with the couple. There must be a mutual understanding and respect for each other. This wedding photographer Berkshire finds this extremely important.

  1. Relax, enjoy and learn

Don’t stress out yourself thinking too much on negative things. Think positive and just do your best. Enjoy the wedding and instill in your mind every new lesson that you learn from the wedding. If you committed some mistakes, learn from it and try not to do the same mistake again.

  1. Practice whenever you can

You need to continuously hone your skills and aim to learn more on wedding photography. Wedding photography is a broad topic and even after many years of practice, you will notice that knowledge is unending.  Even the experienced Mallorca wedding photographers still continue to practice and learn how to best produce awesome wedding pictures.

You will learn something new from time to time. For first timers, practicing the shots and observing weddings by becoming a second shooter or assistant in some weddings can help you learn new knowledge.

These are only few of the many things a newbie wedding photographer should learn. Just continue trying to gaining knowledge and skills to be better in your chosen field.

8 Tips for Better Candid Shots

candid photographyCandid style of photography is becoming more and more popular today. You can see individuals taking shots of an interesting thing or person they see. Some of them are professional photographers applying the photojournalistic style of shooting. Others are average individuals who love to photograph during a birthday, wedding. There are also those who just simply love to click their camera for a candid shot. Whatever the reason is, candid photography surely has captured the interest of many photo buffs.

When we say a candid shot, what usually comes to mind is an unplanned pictorial. The subject of the picture is usually unaware that someone is photographing him or her. Most candid styles are non-manipulated and no prior preparation was done with the location and subjects involved. You capture the moments as they happen or you take shots of an unsuspecting subject with the aim of capturing real-life moments.

There are instances though that no matter how we try to get brilliant candid shots, we just can’t achieve it. Sometimes it is too late and the anticipated moment already passed, other times it is taking so long for the “moment” to happen and we finally decided to stop waiting and just give up.

Well, no worries, there are tips and techniques that can help you get better candid shots that are worth showing off to friends and clients.

  1. Bring your camera wherever you go

There are short-lived moments that are worth capturing on camera and you’ll have a better chance of taking these shots if your camera is easily accessible.

Since a DSLR is somehow heavy, you can use a mirrorless or point and shoot camera which you can simply slip into your jacket or place in a sling bag. But of course, for better shots you can bring a DSLR; place it in a comfortable camera bag with pockets that are easy to access.

  1. Avoid using flash

When you use a flash, you will capture the attention of the person you are photographing. This will make the person feel uneasy or even mad. Thus, it is important to be discreet when aiming for candid shots of an interesting subject.

Additionally, a flash often produces shadows on the image making it dark or appear with black areas. Photographers  of Amatya Photography normally don’t use flash unless really necessary.

  1. Shoot in burst or continuous mode.

By setting your camera to shoot in burst, you have a higher chance if getting better candid shots. You only click once and already have plenty of pics in sequence to choose from.

  1. Us e a zoom or telephoto lens

For more unnoticeable shooting, it is best to use a long lens so you can position yourself far from the subject. Even if the person is aware you are taking shots, he/she will still feel relaxed in whatever he is doing since you are not obtrusive.

  1. Find nice angles

Practice and learn to plan ahead on what angles are best for a particular location. Practice shooting in different angles and experiment on how to get unique candid shots. You can check out http://www.rowanwatts.co.uk for more ideas.

  1. Shoot plenty

Make it a habit to bring extra memory cards so you can shoot plenty. Shoot in different sizes, angles and poses. By taking plenty of pictures you later can have many to choose from. Of course, you need to aim for great shots at the start so you don’t waste your time and effort in shooting and it will also be less difficult to choose which ones are worth editing later.

The best tip is perhaps to be patient and respectful when doing candid shots. Do not just shoot anyone you want, think before you click and consider how the other person will think. Learn also to be patient when waiting for an anticipated moment or person.

How to Find a Newborn Photographer

newborn photographerThe arrival of a new member in the family brings joy and excitement especially for first-time parents. They cannot wait to see their first-born child and hold it in their arms. Even before the baby comes out, some parents already start looking for a newborn photographer. They want this important newborn milestone of their child to be caught on camera.

Over the past 5 years, there is an incredible increase in the demand for newborn photography services. A lot of professional photographers are already specializing in this form of photography. For parents, this can be an advantage since they have more options to choose from but then it can create confusion on which one is the right newborn photographer to hire.

Finding a newborn photographer is not an easy task. There are many photographers who pretend to specialize in newborn photography when in fact they don’t know a single thing about it or don’t have any experience in it. As a parent, you need to make sure that you can hire someone who is really a professional and competent one. It should be someone who prioritizes the safety of the child.

Keep in mind that you cannot stop or turn back time, your baby can only undergo this newborn stage once so it is best to get a professional to capture this important milestone.

Here are some helpful ways that you can find a newborn photographer.

1.) Check out Facebook, Pinterest and other similar websites

Most businesses today can already be found online and even photographers are actively promoting their service over the Internet. Search on Facebook and Pinterest for newborn photographer. Look at their photo galleries; online photo albums or boards then assess their works. If you like what you see, then get their contact information and create a shortlist

2.) Google to find local photographer within your area.

You can search google maps for local newborn photographer in your location. Gather their addresses and pay each of them an actual visit. Don’t forget to prepare questions to assess the photographer’s knowledge and skills.

Professional photographers such as Kent wedding photographer, are used to getting a lot of questions. Some of the questions you can ask are: How long have you been shooting newborns? What is you shooting style – lifestyle, posed, artistic or different else? Where will you shoot – studio or house? What are your packages? What do I get from this package?

Request also to view actual newborn pictures from previous session he had. If you like the pictures, then add his/her name to your short list of potential newborn photographers to hire.

3.) Get recommendations from friends and relatives.

A friend or relative might know a photographer who specializes in newborn photography. It must be someone who really knows how to handle babies in a photo shoot and is aware that the baby’s safety is of utmost importance. He/she should also have technical knowledge and practical experience in this type of photography. You can also ask other professional photographers like wedding photographer cheshire

The newborn stage only happens once in your child’s life, thus, it is best to hire a professional to capture this moment so you will not regret it.