Purchasing school and studio photos are becoming a thing of the past as many parents are choosing the less expensive option, becoming the photographer themselves.
“There you go. Perfect." Lori DeMeo loves taking pictures. Her favorite muse is her daughter Madison. “Turn your face towards me a little bit more." With her fancy camera and commanding presence, you'd think she was a professional, but she just got into photography two years ago.
“It's just something I've always wanted to do and my husband said hey, let’s go out and buy you a camera." Since then she hasn't put the camera down. “They are just constantly doing something that requires pictures, you know, you want to capture that moment and their team for the year and remember the names and this and that."
Instead of buying school and sports photos, she saves the family money by taking them herself. "It just really adds up over time. With the economy the way it is people just can't afford to get all the pictures all the time.”
It's a trend many parents are following. It's especially helpful that editing software and printing are now so user-friendly. Plus DeMeo likes that she has the control over the photos. "I can just go wherever I want to be, I can position myself to what I think is going to look really good or give it a different perspective."
And catching those special moments like family vacations, the outdoors or the kids playing sports. The final product is beautiful photos and the cost is just her time.