This is our sweet son Banyan after his first haircut. Such a handsome bug right?!
He was so good for the stylist and let her chop away at his hair without a fuss or a wiggle. He was pretty great about it and the process seemed easy. Easy enough that we could do it ourselves? "Of course! Why not!" we said. We walked out of that first cut confident we could save the money and do it ourselves next time--easy peasy!
This is our sweet son Banyan after his second haircut. Notice anything different??
Are the words bowl cut OR chop shop OR "Oy vey!" coming to mind? Poor little guy had to roam through the playgrounds like that for 24 hours before we were able to get him in to a stylist to fix our mess. We felt terrible and were kicking ourselves for getting in over our heads!
In other words, what looked so easy in the hands of a professional proved WAY OUT OF OUR LEAGUE. And this sweet little guy lived with the consequences! (Needless to say, we might not win Parent of the Year awards this year!)
So what did we learn through all this? LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS! Whether it's a haircut or *ahem* a cinematography team to capture your wedding, here are three reasons you should leave it to the pros:
- ONE | They know what they're doing! It might seem easy, but there was a lot of training, time, and experience that went in their skill. They'll get it right the first time instead of leaving you with a mess to clean up later.
- TWO | It's a wise investment! In terms of wedding cinematography, you might cry (not happy) tears when you look back at your film. Case in point: We didn't hire a professional videographer for our own wedding six years ago (we didn't even know they existed!) and instead handed a camcorder off to an uncle. Well. . . he never learned how to use the camera, our ceremony "coverage" consists of the sky, people's feet, and somewhere in there an earthquake must have hit because it gets pretty nauseating! He must have grown tired of figuring out the camera by ceremony's end, because he left the camera on the sideline for the rest of the day. What we wouldn't give to hear our vows(!), see our tiny flower girls navigate the aisle, or watch some shots of a pretty epic dance party! But . . . we didn't leave it to a professional, and we'll always regret it!
- THREE | A bad job is not always salvageable. Banyan got cleaned up pretty well after his botched haircut, but the stylist still couldn't do anything about the bald patch we'd given him in the back of his head. Or the bangs we'd cut waaaaay too short in the front. And our "wedding video" we mentioned above: nothing could have saved that--trust us, we've tried! Easier solution: let someone who knows what they're doing--and better yet, does it for a living(!)--take care of you. That way, there won't be anything to salvage in the first place :)
So everyone, we hope you learn from our mistakes! If ever in doubt--LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS!
- Jarrett + Heather
P.S. Here he is after we got him all fixed <3