Business Building: Why Your Company Should Use a Professional Photographer
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and many businesses are nervously waiting for the start of the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Some retailers have already started their Black Friday sales – the Gap sent out an email early this morning advertising up to 60% off merchandise starting today. But improving sales in this still-dismal economy takes more than just price-cuts and discounts. American businesses have had to get increasingly creative to attract the attention of cash-strapped consumers, and that doesn’t only apply to retailers. So it’s time to get creative to build your business and one of the first steps is to hire a professional photographer.
- Professional photographers have the right equipment and know how to use it. They understand lighting and composition in a way a lay person likely never will. They know which lens to use, which setting and angle to choose, and they have the creative talent necessary to capture the image you’re trying to use to sell your business and its services and products.
- Professional photographers bring in other creative talents to help create the images you need for your business. If you’re a law firm the photographer may bring in a hair stylist and makeup artist so that your attorneys’ pictures don’t resemble driver’s license photos or mugshots. If you’re a clothing retailer the photographer may bring in a wardrobe stylist to create combinations of your products that will tempt and move the viewer to buy. If you’re an online only company the photographer may bring in a web design consultant to help determine the best use of photos for your website to attract more traffic and convert visitors to paying customers. A professional photographer has a wealth of resources that would take your company much valuable time to locate and vet. Don’t waste your company’s resources when you can use a professional to pull the pieces together for the best results.
- Professional photographers use post-production tools to optimize the captured images. We’ve written about photoshop and the magic that can be done to make a photograph pop. (As long as it isn’t used with a heavy hand as we’ve see done to many celebrities on the covers of fashion magazines!) The professional photographer will use all his skills and talents to produce a final image that your company can use repeatedly in its marketing efforts.
Whether you sell products or services, it’s important to have marketing materials that create an urge to buy in your customers. Websites, brochures,catalogs and print advertising are all essential tools to attract and retain paying clients. Many small businesses believe they can get away with using stock photography for their marketing materials but the truth is that consumers are bombarded with so many images via the Internet that your company must do something to set itself apart from the others. That’s one reason why a professional photographer should be used to create custom images for your marketing materials. Using a professional photographer to boost your company’s sales is an investment and not merely an expense because once done you will have the marketing images you need to make your sales efforts a success!