Recently I read a comment from another photographer that is struggling. She stated that her customers don’t want to pay her because she is just taking a snapshot. So what is the difference between a snapshot, and a portrait? Is it just money or is there much more to a portrait than a simple snap shot?
When you hire a photographer to take your portrait it costs substantially more than just a simple snapshot you take and print at Walmart for 89 cents. Your photographer has spent thousands of dollars on equipment, training & education, countless business expenses, and a considerable amount of time to create beautiful portraits for you. They have re-touched your images to make sure you look your best, removed blemishes or stray hairs across your face. The day of my senior portraits (@Olan Mills) I had a broken vessel in my eye. Without the ability of the photographer to edit that out I would have had a big ugly red eye in my senior portraits. Your photographer provides a service and products to you that a simple snapshot can not.
Anyone with a cell phone can take a decent snapshot these days but it takes a photographer to create a portrait. An IPhone can be used to take some pretty good snapshots but they will never compare to your photographer and their camera. By all means use your phone to capture candid moments, selfies and vacation shots but hire a photographer for the important events in your life.