The Benefits of a Professional Photographer

Professional photographers are not a dime a dozen, even though Facebook is flooded with people who claim to be professional. There is a big difference between a professional photographer and someone with a nice camera. Whether you want to document a wedding, graduation, First Holy Communion, anniversary party, family reunion or celebrate a newborn; a professional photographer offers benefits no one else can match. All of these events are important life milestones, especially a wedding, which happens just once in most people’s lives.

Artistic Vision


A professional photographer has artistic vision different from someone who simply takes pictures with a camera. As you browse a portfolio, look for different poses, color schemes, perspectives and angles. Along the line of angles, a professional photographer will be able to photograph you using flattering angles for all different body types so you know you will look your best.

A professional photographer in New Jersey will never hesitate to get out of their comfort zone. Each photoshoot they conduct will be different from the last, even if it involves the same subjects.



It’s easy to tell the difference between a professional photographer and an amateur. All you need to do is look at the pictures to find the photographer’s skill level. Professional photographers like to take control over the scene instead of setting their camera to auto and letting it do all the work. As you browse a portfolio, take note of the following:

  • Composition: Is the subject of the shoot in the center of every photo or are the images well composed?

  • Focus: Are the main subjects of the shoot fuzzy or blurry? Are the subjects in the photoshoot sharp and in focus?

  • Background: What is the first thing you notice in the photos? The background? Does the background take away from the subject?

  • Lighting: Is the lighting flat or does it give the subject dimension? Flat lighting can come from the flash on a camera.



A professional photographer knows how to edit, hands down. Editing is an important part of photography. There’s more to this skill than just snapping pictures with a camera and printing them. A New Jersey professional photographer knows how to edit the pictures on a computer for a unique style, removing blemishes, ensuring the correct color, softening under the eyes, making a sunset pop, and giving your photo a little something extra.



The age-old adage “You get what you pay for” is true in every industry, including photography. When looking for a professional photographer in New Jersey it’s not always best to go with the most affordable option. Professional photographers must take into account the cost of doing business when setting their rates. This can include any of the following:

  • Marketing

  • Utilities

  • Payroll

  • Web hosting

  • Phone

  • Insurance 

  • Education

  • Taxes

  • Packaging for products

  • Equipment

  • Maintenance 

  • Software

Professional photographers must also take into account the cost of a professional lab. If your photographer ever sends you to a box store to have your images printed, then they are not a professional. It’s always recommended to have important images printed with quality materials, which your photographer can help you with. 

Recently Engaged? Contact Anastasia Hanney Photography

Looking for a photographer in South New Jersey or Philadelphia for your next event? It’s time to plan your photo session with Anastasia Hanney Photography. Call Anastasia today to schedule an appointment at 609-238-4231 or send an email and she will contact you as soon as possible. Anastasia serves all of New Jersey, including the Jersey Shore. She also serves Delaware and Greater Philadelphia Area.

Guest photos in this post were provided by and with permission of the bride.

Reasons to Take Engagement Photos

Getting up the courage to ask your significant other to spend the rest of their life with you is stressful. Once you’ve finally popped the question you can relax, at least for a little bit. As the planning commences you might be thinking about engagement photos. 

You’ve likely seen all of your friends post their engagement photos on Facebook over the years, so why not give it a shot? You might not skeptical at first, but engagement photos are a great way to prepare for the big day, where there will be cameras snapping photos and videos of you just about every minute of the day. Anastasia Hanney Photo offers the following reasons why you should take engagement photos.

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Gain Confidence in Front of the Camera

Confident posing is a trait you can develop when you take engagement photos that will help come your wedding day. The majority of engagement photo sessions are candid, which means you won’t be posing for pictures at every turn. 

Instead, pictures will be taken of you at your favorite park, restaurant, the school where you met or any other location that showcases your love story as the two of you walk hand-in-hand down memory lane. No one else will be watching as the two of you can focus solely on each other, taking off all the pressure.

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Find a Comfort Zone with Your Photographer

A wedding photographer is more than just someone staring at you through a lens and clicking away on the camera. Most weddings are all-day events, which means the photographer will be with you for the majority of it, including while you get ready for the ceremony. The engagement photo session is a great way to find a comfort zone with the photographer, especially if you have never worked together in the past. After you see your engagement photos finished, a trust between you and your photographer makes the actual wedding day worry free.

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Create Stunning Save the Date Cards

One of the most popular parts of weddings these days is the save the date card. This is a greeting card sent to all those who will be invited to your wedding asking them to save the date on their calendar. You’ve probably received dozens of these cards over the years from friends and family. 

Now it’s your turn to create a stunning save the date card of your own. The best way to do this is by using a photo taken by your photographer during an engagement session. A solo photo of the bride-to-be from the engagement session could also be used on thank you cards for the bridal shower.

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Upgrade the Guest Book

Gone are the days where guests sign in at your wedding reception in a traditional guest book. With the technology available today you can turn all of your engagement photos into a beautiful guest book that tells the story of your love. These photo guest books showcase your love for each other and allow your guests to get a glimpse into your life. When you reminisce on the big day you will have two photo albums: the traditional wedding album and your photo guest book with messages of love from family and friends.

Recently Engaged? Contact Anastasia Hanney Photography

Are you recently engaged in South Jersey or Philadelphia? It’s time to plan your engagement photo session with Anastasia Hanney Photography. Call Anastasia today to schedule an appointment at 609-238-4231 or send an email and she will contact you as soon as possible. Anastasia serves all of New Jersey, including the Jersey Shore. She also serves Delaware and Greater Philadelphia Area.

To ‘Pin’ or Not to ‘Pin’ at Your New Jersey Wedding

With a new wedding season in full swing, many couples are preparing to say “I do” within the next couple of months. For those recently engaged, or still in the planning stages of the big day, there’s something you need to consider. To ‘pin’ or not to ‘pin’ at your New Jersey wedding. This has become a hot topic since Pinterest came about in 2010, but the site really took off in 2012 as more people began using the mobile app.


You Should be the Focus

AHanneyPhoto at Tomasello Winery

AHanneyPhoto at Tomasello Winery

 Let’s be honest, the wedding should be all about the happy couple, no one else. You will want to have a wedding that will get other people ‘pinning’ you on their boards afterwards. You want to be the inspiration for someone else’s wedding ideas. Pinterest is used mostly by women, 82 percent in fact, and is for people to save ideas they find elsewhere. Everyone wants to have their ideas discussed and shared. You want to be the one people are ‘pinning’ once the wedding is over. Don’t rely so heavily on using someone else’s pinned items when planning your wedding. Use your creativity and that of your photographer to capture the day the way you see fit.


Don’t Lock Your Photographer Into a Pinterest Board

 As you plan your wedding, don’t lock your photographer into a Pinterest board. With that being said, you can absolutely glean ideas from different boards as to how you want your wedding photos shot, but let your professional photographer be just that, professional. A New Jersey wedding photographer has the skills, experience, knowledge and tools necessary to make your wedding photos perfect.

AHanneyPhoto - Unique Wedding Cake Topper

AHanneyPhoto - Unique Wedding Cake Topper

When you lock your photographer into a Pinterest board you limit what they can do for your photos no matter the backdrop or natural light available. Locking your wedding photographer into a board will ensure that your photos are not unique. Why recreate someone else’s photos when you can be as unique as you want with your own? Locking your photographer into a Pinterest board only limits the creativity for which they were hired.

Planning a South Jersey wedding? Contact Anastasia Hanney Photography today to discuss your plans and schedule a meeting with Anastasia. Anastasia serves all of New Jersey, including the shore areas when the weather is nice. She also serves Delaware and the Greater Philadelphia Area.