Professional photography is a skill, acquired through years of experience.
Even though our cameras are expensive, taking professional photos involves much more than a nice camera. Most Professional Photographers take years to go from buying their first decent camera to making money with their photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera itself, there is a lot of other equipment involved (lenses, electronic flash, batteries, data cards, etc.) as well as numerous software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website etc. And let’s not forget that we have to have good people skills, be able to communicate, make people comfortable in front of the camera – and posing people to make them look their best, yet completely natural in a photograph is a skill all by itself. Think of it this way – the next time you pay $100 to get your hair done, a pair of scissors only costs $1.50. But you gladly pay a lot more to hire a Professional to actually do the job. When all is said and done, your photos and the memories they bring to mind, are all that is left.