From photography as a hobby to professional photography, photography as a whole has grown in popularity in the United States, especially with the growth of social media platforms that allow for the easy sharing of photos of all types. In fact, on Facebook alone there are more than two hundred and twenty five photos shared every single year, both on private and public profiles, as well as on group pages and event pages. Instagram also garners a large number of photos shared each and every year, as the main basis of Instagram as a platform relies on the sharing of photos, often accompanied by captions of varying lengths. All in all, Instagram posters will post photos to Instagram as many as twenty two billion times over the course of a single year, a mere twelve months. In fact, the amount of photographs that are taken in just two minutes – a mere one hundred and twenty seconds – a single day have now surpassed the total number of photographs taken across the entirety of the world in the whole century of the 1800s. So is it any surprise that photography and, even more starkly, the world of professional photography has changed and become more important in recent years as phones with cameras and cameras in general have become far easier to access.
Professional photography has a number of benefits. For one, professional photography can help you to get professional headshots for work, a requirement in a number of fields such as comdedy as well as, perhaps most significantly, acting. Professional photography is often something that parents take advantage of as well, getting professional photos and professional portraits taken of their children to document the course of their growing up and preserve them in an image at all ages. Professional photography is used for adults down to the youngest of infants. Professional pictures are also often a key part of major events in a person’s life, such as the senior prom and at your wedding. Wedding photos are often hung for many years and kept and shown around with pride, and more and more people in the United States in particular have also begun the tradition a little bit early, documenting their love even before the wedding takes place in a series of engagement photos which are often used to announce the engagement and are sometimes even used for save the dates that are sent out along with the actual wedding invitation that follows later.
Professional photography can also be ideal for making a good impression in the work place, where it has become more competitive than ever before in the United States as well as in many other parts of the world as well. LinkedIn profiles have become widespread and are commonly used as a way to promote yourself in the world of your professional field, and having a good photograph is a great way to advertise yourself in a positive light. In fact, those who had pictures included at all in their LinkedIn profile were viewed far more frequently – as many as eleven times more frequently – and received as many as forty percent more emails than their counterparts with similar qualifications but no photos included in their profiles. Having professional photographs taken can help, as you are less likely to be squinting your eyes, smiling without teeth, and not making eye contact in professional photography. These qualities can lessen your chance of success on online platforms such as LinkedIn, and partaking in a professional photography session can help you to look your best and make your best professional impression as possible, which has become key and critical for achieving success in many areas of the professional world, particularly in areas where your appearance is significant, such as in the fields of acting or even in some areas of journalism.
Professional photography has become influential in many parts of the world as photography itself has grown more and more important. Photography is everywhere we look, from social media to professional sites.