A Birthday is always a special cause to celebrate, especially when there are little ones involved. And… what better way is there to celebrate and document someone getting one year older than by capturing a picture of the individual.
However, before you run out and invest hundreds of dollars on a professional photo shoot, you should be made clearly aware of the pros and cons of investing into the type of money and time that acquiring annual Birthday photos entails.
Here are the pros and cons of purchasing annual birthday photos from a professional photographer:
PRO: A permanent memory for a lifetime
Professional photos can be of great asset to those who are sentimental and that want to display viable framed photos in their home. We cannot take back a special moment or turn back time- but pictures and photos constantly serve as a reminder of once was and through them we can reminisce and have something there to always help us recall, remember, and cherish those exact times.
PRO: Compare them as the person changes
People change over the course of a year. It’s not obvious to us or the human eye as we are always interacting with the person how much they have changed or grown. Photos taken annually for every Birthday celebrated can be used later to track a person’s change by age, weight, and appearance.
PRO: Photos to give and share to friends and family
Nothing is more gratifying than giving a picture of someone you love or are proud of to someone else. Annual birthday photos can do just this task, alone. You can share these well-taken snaps of your loved ones to other friends and family and even have them placed in a card, invitation, on a coffee cup, T-shirt, and more.
CON: Can be expensive
If you do opt to have an expert photographer to do photos annually at every Birthday, you may be looking at a few hundred dollars per session. For some, this may be rather expensive and costly. If your budget is strict, you may want to consider other options. However, if you spend the time researching and asking around, there is a good chance you may be able to find a budding photographer hoping to build their portfolio. Often times, these photographers will offer great prices and great quality.
CON: Entails more time than quick snaps
A professional photo session involves a lot more than just someone snapping a pic. Preparation and time are needed to make certain that the photographer gets enough ideal snaps to reap the best captures and pics that you will like. You will have to set up a session, plan and customize your setting, and spend a few hours obliging the photographer at your expense and time. Also, do not forget that young kids are not the most patient creatures. Getting them to pose and smile may turn out to be a bigger struggle than you expected.
Bottom Line: Are Annual Birthday Photos Worth it?
While on the one hand it could prove very beneficial to you if you opt for annual birthday photos that are taken by a professional photographer on the other, you may want to spare the time, cost, and havoc to get photos by just doing it yourself. All you need are some props, cute attire, such as customized birthday shirts from lil threadz, and a phone or camera to capture your little ones for future keepsakes.
Pictures can speak a thousand words, and it is the photos that we capture right at that special moment which we tend to cherish the most as time passes.
Annual Birthday photos are a credible reminder of a time that is forever lost. If you have the funds and have found a good, affordable photographer we highly recommend that you opt for annual birthday photos. Like the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words!”
Lautaro Martinez, is a father and freelance writer who enjoys sharing his experiences of parenting with his audience. If you would like to learn more about Lautaro, you can check out his google+ profile.