By now you’ve probably heard that, if you hire a landscape photographer, you’ll get better quality photos, even if they’re mediocre.
It’s true, but the truth is, many professionals can’t even get professional quality.
I recently found myself thinking about the same thing when I was looking for a freelance landscape photographer.
The reality is that a landscape portrait photographer can get better than an average one.
But not all photographers can get it.
Let’s get to the pros.
Pros of freelancers vs professional photographers Pros of freelance photographers are many.
They’re: More flexible They’re more flexible than a traditional photographer.
They can do the same job at a cheaper price.
They’ll pay more for it.
They have better equipment than professional photographers.
They don’t have to pay for their own gear.
They get to use more resources than professional photographer do.
Pros can get more creative.
They often have more artistic ideas and more creative ideas than the pros who are working in traditional photography.
Pros have a greater appreciation for their craft.
They may find themselves making more great images than the professionals.
They feel less pressure to do what the professionals do, especially if they are less experienced.
Pros get to see what’s going on around them.
Many freelancers get to share their work with other people, who then comment and critique it.
And many of the pros will have access to their own work if they work closely with the photographer.
Pros are more likely to get paid.
For most professionals, it’s the photographer who’s making the money.
If you’re lucky enough to be a freelancer, you may have an option to make more money by working as a professional photographer, and you might even be able to negotiate a lower rate for yourself.
Pros also have the luxury of being able to get out of the studio, get out in the field, and see what happens.
Most freelancers work remotely.
If a client comes to you, they’ll probably be more likely not to come to you if you’re a professional.
Pros will get to be part of the creative process.
If they’re not working with you on a particular project, they can ask you to help.
Pros work remotely a lot.
For the same reasons that you’d work with a friend on an Instagram photo shoot, you might find yourself working with someone remotely to help with a project.
Pros aren’t restricted to the same kinds of projects.
You can have a career as a photographer without being a professional or even an artist.
Pros tend to be better at specific tasks, and they tend to have the ability to make bigger and better things happen.
Pros may be able work longer hours, but you don’t necessarily have to.
You might be able take on more important projects and make bigger changes.
Pros often have a better relationship with the clients they work with.
They know their clients well enough to get the best value from them.
Pros usually have more flexible work hours.
They work from home more often, and sometimes they work from 8 a.m. to midnight.
They usually have the option of working from home at night, which is a big advantage if you have to leave for a project in the middle of the night.
Pros sometimes get more money.
You’ll pay less for your time, but it can be worth it.
Pros typically work longer.
You won’t be limited to the standard work hours, and some freelancers are able to work longer even if you’ve chosen to do less.
Pros always have a budget.
Many of the freelancers I know have a big, big budget.
If your budget is big enough, you can hire a pro to help you with that.
Pros know their craft, and most of the professionals I know also know their own craft.
If it’s possible for a professional to know their work, that’s a huge advantage.
Pros love what they do.
Most of the time, you know what you want to see in your photos, whether it’s a portrait or a landscape, when you take a photo.
If not, a professional will tell you, “It’s not going to be good enough for this project.”
That’s because they’re the ones who know what’s best for the client.
Pros don’t need to pay a fee.
Some professionals are able, if they want, to charge a fee for their work.
If that’s the case, I’d recommend using that option.
Pros generally have better access to resources.
They might be working from a remote location, and if they need a camera, they usually have access.
Pros rarely have to deal with an insurance company.
The insurance companies that most people work for usually don’t cover your work if you get hit with a car accident.
Pros need to work from a different place.
A lot of the professional photographers I know work from their homes.
They live at home or at their offices, so they can work remotely without worrying about insurance.
Pros spend more time with their