why you should hire a professional photographer

Often times people will approach me and say “hey, great camera.” I’m here to tell you that cameras are just tools. You would never say to a chef “great spatula” or to an artist “great paint brush.” How about saying “great defibrillator paddles’ to a doctor after he or she saves your life. People often think because the cameras we shoot with are so expensive, it’s the camera that is taking the great photos and not the person behind the camera, the photographer or artist.

This morning I went out and took photos with my Canon 5D Mark II and iPhone 4S to prove that cameras are just tools.

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One of these photos was taken with my iPhone 4S with an Olloclip attached to it set to the macro lens.

It doesn’t really matter which one was taken with the iPhone, my point is these are all great images, the only difference is the color quality and the amount of bokeh.

Of course, our super duper cameras are expensive, and fast if equipped with an L lens. They can shoot in near darkness and are able to capture important moments in a split second. This also depends on the lens that the camera is equipped with.

This is why you should hire a professional photographer for your wedding or special event.

If you’re thinking of just hiring a friend or uncle who does photography as a hobby, you will be deeply disappointed. The great thing about having them do this is they are free. The bad thing is, half the photos will be in near darkness or blurry because of slow shutter speed. They are shooting in auto mode which means that the camera will select the settings to expose a picture correctly. The problem is that in a dark church or reception hall the settings will be 1/15 to 1/8 of a second, which is very difficult to hand hold. They will have one lens that their camera came with when they bought it at Best Buy. This lens is considered a kit lens and is not capable of shooting in low light settings.

We shoot with multiple professional lenses that allow us to capture moments in the darkest settings. Because of these lenses and high end professional cameras, we are able to shoot at 1/50 to 1/100 of a second to capture every moment precisely as it happens.

These are the cameras we use for weddings, but they are just tools because they allow us to do our job to the best of our artistic abilities. They have settings that we have full control over. If you told me to take that same macro shot of the water drop with my iPhone but without an Olloclip, I would have a difficult time getting that close. It’s photo number 2 by the way. The Olloclip is just a tool that allowed me to produce that image. If you said, here’s an iPhone to go shoot a wedding. I could probably do it because I’m an artist but the photos would not come out as good as if I shot the wedding with a Canon 5D MK II with multiple lenses. A camera is like a blank canvas and lenses are like paint brushes. I cannot paint a masterpiece without a paint brush.

If your friends are thinking about having a friend shoot their wedding for free or uncle with a point and shoot camera, be sure to link them to this blog post. I don’t want them to be disappointed in their photos. I’m here to educate and save them from making a bad decision.

Check out jaysonsphotography.com for more fantastic images taken by a true artist



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Western MA Children’s Photographer

I’ve been photographing weddings for nearly 10 years now but not many know that I’m also a Western MA Children’s Photographer. Children grow up so fast that sometimes it’s tough to capture those special moments with only a point and shoot camera. In the past five years I have captured my niece growing up through my photography. It’s a lot of fun to look back at the images now that she’s a little bit older and see how she has matured. From her first Christmas to her 5th birthday, it’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 years. Here are a few of my favorites of her over the years.

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If you are looking for amazing Western MA Children’s Photography, be sure to give us a call or send us a text at 413 537 9553. Our e-mail address is jayson@jaysonsphotography.com

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Stop Action Animations on Mother’s Day

When I attended Holyoke Community College for Communications I learned how to create stop action animations. My teacher Justin West challenged us to create three 7 second stop action animations in a day.

Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.

Think Wallace and Gromit, Gumby or Nightmare Before Christmas. All are Stop Action Animation or Claymation.

Here are the 3 stop action animations I created at HCC that took me about 7 hours to create.

Here is the Stop Action Animation I made for my Mom for Mother’s Day, created with Vine.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I Love You

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Affordable MA Wedding Photography

Often times the question of cost is asked when it comes to wedding photography. How much? Here at Jayson’s Photography we offer affordable MA wedding photography. We have photographed weddings from $1500 to $5,000. Of course, for more money we will be able to offer you more coverage, more captured memories, and a beautiful custom designed leather bound wedding album. We have wedding photography packages that can be customized to your wedding photography budget. What we don’t want is for you to select a photographer who charges only a few hundred bucks and will shoot your entire wedding and you don’t hear from him ever again. You’ve heard the saying before, you get what you pay for. If you find a photographer who is giving you a lot of different products for only $1500 or less, chances are they are compensating for something. Also, the products they are giving you do not cost them all that much.

Here is what most brides are looking for when it comes to their wedding photography

#1 Wedding Photography Coverage

Most of the weddings I photograph are 8 hours. This gives us plenty of time to capture getting ready images, your ceremony, formal images and your entire wedding reception.

#2 The Hi-Resolution images

We give you the Hi-Resolution images on a DVD that are completely edited. They do not have our watermarks all over them and you are given the ability to print your images from home or printing company of your choosing.
These images can be printed to the size of a billboard without quality loss. We shoot with 22 megapixel cameras so…..ya.

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#3 A custom designed leather wedding album

We custom design each album with the images you love from your wedding.

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#4 A photographer who knows what they are doing and has amazing wedding photos

Most wedding photographers only show you their highlight images. These are those great 50 images you see on their website.
Here at JP we show you amazing images from entire weddings.

#5 An artist

Most wedding photographers only became photographers in the last few years because they saw they could make a lot of money doing it.

I have been an artist since the age of one. I would walk around with a pencil and drawing pad in my hand. So you are getting a true artist at JP who is able to offer you artistic wedding photos.

#6 A photographer who will work with your vision for your wedding photos

Often times I hear horror stories of the photographer being rude and shooting only what they want at weddings. A lot of photographers have huge egos and will not work cooperatively with the bride.

We love seeing the brides vision for her wedding photos. Follow us on Pinterest and share your fabulous pins with us. If you’d like a photo on your wedding day, just ask me and I’ll be happy to take it.
We will capture all the amazing details you put into your wedding as well as your beautiful personalities.

Whatever your wedding photography budget is, give us a call or shoot us a text 413 537 9553. We will customize a wedding photography package that fits your wedding photography budget. E-mail also works at jayson@jaysonsphotography.com

Be sure to check out our website at www.jaysonsphotography.com to view more of our amazing wedding photography images.



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Tekoa Country Club Wedding Photography

Last week I went golfing with my friend John at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA and I must say it’s a gorgeous place to host a wedding. Here are some pictures I took of the course with my iPhone.

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Check out Tekoa Country Club’s website by clicking here.

Getting married? Give us a call or shoot us a text at 413 537 9553. E-mail works too jayson@jaysonsphotography.com

Check out more of our work at jaysonsphotography.com

I look forward to chatting with you about your special day



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