Tuesday 22 February 2011 by By Jill Sikkens

Lately, everyone seems to be an expert. Thanks to Jamie Oliver, most people think they’re ready for MasterChef. Gok Wan has created a nation of fashion divas and the endless stream of home improvement programmes makes us think DIY is a piece of cake.

But, from personal experience, I can assure you there is a lot more to being an expert than watching a few TV shows and buying a fancy sauce pan. Just like, there’s more to taking a great photo than upgrading to latest iPhone or purchasing that multi-lens Cannon. Especially for taking photos of children, when you just have to wait for the right moment.


Unlike the UK, where sending a birth announcement is a relatively new trend, in Holland, EVERYONE does it. And the difference between just those cards that use “Daddy’s best snap” versus one taken by a professional photographer is astounding.

I recently went to Amsterdam to visit friends who just gave birth to their first son. Conveniently, the shop below their flat is a bespoke stationery printers. Looking at the various designs in the window, it was easy to tell which ones had opted for the professional photos. The professional images were not just sharper and more beautiful, but they really seemed to capture the essence of the child. There was something truly captivating about the images.

When my friends showed me the slideshow of their photo shoot I was immediately hit with jealously that I hadn’t done the same for our son. The pictures weren’t the staged happy family of the 1980s but rather naturally lit images of his first day at home. The angles, lighting and simple settings were truly stunning. I know these will be photos they cherish forever- and look at often.

Having a baby is an expensive experience- as Helen talked about below. But, even if it’s just one or two shots, I personally, believe, having some professional images taken is worth every penny. After all, we can’t be experts in everything!  

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# re: Why professional photos are worth it
Saturday, March 12, 2011 12:06 by Helen Cripps
I agree, getting good quality photos done is worth every penny. I don't know anyone that's had proffessional prints done and walked away unhappy.

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