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People hiring photographers to shoot everyday life

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 9:30 am •  Published: June 10, 2014
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When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter's first year of life, they won't be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They'll have crisp, finely detailed professional shots of a baby growing up before their eyes.

Each month, a team of professional photographers shoots them as they go about their daily lives at home and around New York City.

"As a baby, she changes every month. There's something new. Her hair changes, everything changes within a month and we wanted to be able to capture all those things," said Anzalee Rhodes, a 35-year-old statistician who lives on Long Island, New York

The Rhodes are part of a trend of folks hiring professional photographers to document not just big events like weddings and bar mitzvahs, but everyday activities. Sometimes they want a milestone recorded — a child's birthday party or family get-together. But often they're hiring pros to photograph things they might otherwise have shot with their own cellphones or point-and-shoot cameras: a weekend outing, a vacation, or a portrait of a beloved pet.

Those photos are then shared, just like their own cell pictures would be, on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"We're in a digital-media focused world now. I mean, you kind of live your life through Facebook, looking at photos of peoples' lives. There's a lot more sharing in general, so that is expanding the footprint of what people will consider to have professionally documented," said Tim Beckford, a photographer known as Tim Co. with I Heart New York, the New York City-based company that shoots the Rhodes family each month.

"Why have blurry cell phone photos with just one of you actually in the photo?" reads I Heart New York's website pitch. "Visiting (or living) in New York City is a big deal and we want your Facebook friends to be VERY jealous." People from as far away as Australia have responded by hiring I Heart New York to document their trips to the Big Apple.

The cost varies widely depending on how long the shoot lasts and how many images the client takes. I Heart New York charges $229 for a two-hour session photographing a couple around New York City or $259 for a 90-minute family session around the Big Apple.

And just like with a selfie that you post from your phone, the company's work can be seen right away online. I Heart New York will photograph a proposal and provide a near-instantaneous shot so clients can post it to social media sites — and change their relationship status at the same time, Beckford said.

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