The answer for as to why you should hire someone is not a clean and simple reply though - why do we hire anyone to do work for us? Well, because one - they are an expert in the field. They have a solid understanding of what they are doing and can create a masterpiece b/c they know their craft. Fashion designers, painters, chefs, mechanics - all of these people have a passion and skill set for what they do that not everyone possesses and that's why we pay them to work with us.
Second - if you do it yourself you could be missing out. What do I mean by missing out? Being a photographer I am constantly snapping pictures - very rarely am I in these pictures with the exception of some selfies and the occasional self-timer shots. Even with a self-timer I know when the "click" is coming, my phone even counts down for me and I can prepare myself for the shot. We got our family pictures done last year and this was my favorite shot. So much so that I got a large canvas of it. Now you may think this was totally posed and that our photographer (the talented Abby Glenn of Abby Glenn Photography) coached us through it. Well, it was absolutely none of the above. We were nearing the end of our shoot and it was COLD that morning - I mean probably in the 30's cold - and my baby girl was FREEZING. Her little nose and cheeks were turning red and she was pretty much done with getting her pictures done. This was simply my husband and I trying to warm her up. I simply love this image for that reason - it's us, it's our love for our daughter, and it's a tiny moment I would have never thought to take with a timer or pose ahead of time. Shots like these - these are what I hire someone for to take our pictures. Real life.
One thing I can do as a professional is I know how to take your picture to make you feel comfortable and make your look your best. How is that? Well, if I told you THAT you all would do it. ;) I make the photo experience fun. I used to love the once a year dressing up for a family picture for the church directory. It was an event, a highlight, a chance to get all dolled up, and a chance to be with the family that I loved all in one spot! I promise to make your laugh - most of the time at my expense, but because life is short - why not laugh while taking pictures??
So, in a nutshell why hire a photographer? A photographer can "see things you can't". Not in the 6th Sense way, but we do hone into those little emotions between people and know when to click the button. We love and are passionate about what we do so we are connected to what we are doing for you. So hiring a photographer can be a way to quite simply, capture the love between you and your loved ones. Right now I am offering $50 off any session I honor of my birthday - see ad below!