In addition to experience and many other factors, a professional photographer can deliver lasting memories in a portrait that simply cannot be achieved by “a friend with a good camera”. While we realize the economy has created difficult times, few things are as important as family and the times had together. Look carefully at the three images below. The top is not acceptable. It was taken with manual settings but no additional lighting. Something anyone can do. The second is with one light. It’s okay. The final image is with a main, fill, and background light. Very nice result. Quick to set up, but something that would only be achieved through experience and professionalism!