Within the last 48 hours a woman's Facebook post has gone viral. As we all know, going viral is not an easy task these days. It's hard to create viral content, but it's easier when the content is created for you, as was the case with this family photographer.
ScaryMommy.com sums up what could be the worst editing job in history with hilarity, and luckily, Pam Zaring found it pretty funny as well!
Click on the image below to read the article and then continue reading below to get my thoughts on the whole editing fiasco:
Everyone have a good laugh? Good, you should have because this is comical! Although I have sympathy for the woman who thought she was getting a great deal on her family photos, there are plenty of lessons to be learned here. Here are some of my thoughts:
Don't look for "bargain" pricing when it comes to preserving your family memories, especially when the photographers "all inclusive" pricing structure is "$2-250." When looking for a quality photography experience, you should make an investment in a qualified professional with adequate skills and experience. You are entrusting the photographer to capture your family's memories that will be passed down from generation to generation. If the deal seems "too good to be true" it's probably for good reason!
Anyone can call themselves a professional. It's easy for someone to refer to themselves as a "professional" simply because they are collecting payment for services. The term can be thrown around by people regardless of skill level or experience, and it's easy to claim this title in fields like photography, because, let's face it, there's no degree required to practice, no licensing boards, or industry oversight. Which brings me to my next point...
Review your potential photographers portfolio! I know there are tons of photographers out there and they may all seem the same. Okay, they have a few decent photos on their webpage, but a portfolio should highlight their level of expertise, how they interact with their subjects, and their editing style.
Don't be afraid to ask your photographer questions. Again, not everyone who picks up a camera possesses the talent, knowledge, and skill required of a great photographer. Ask them where they learned photography, with whom they have trained, how many years they have been practicing, and their general background in the field. If they are a qualified professional they will happily answer these questions for you.
As for my thoughts on what the photographer referenced in the article delivered, I had a good laugh while cringing on the inside. Even when you look beyond their painted faces you can tell there was no thought put into posing the family, the composition of the frame or an attempt at capturing genuine emotion. I hope a local photographer (a real professional photographer) offers this family a re-shoot.