How to choose your family photographer is a careful thought out decision. As much as I want to scream and jump up and down, saying “pick me, pick me!” I realize everyone has their own ideas as to what makes a family photographer best for them. When I have looked for my own family photographer, I had a checklist of things I was looking for. There are several things to consider before you book your family photographer. Let’s take a look at how style, organization, and communication can help you decide on your family photographer.
Style of Images
Photographers have a style to their images. Their photographs can be moody and dark, light and airy, true colors, saturated colors, black and white, and ones that look like film. As you look through a potential photographers images on instagram or their website, what ‘look’ do you notice? Does the photographer have a consistent style to their images? When you choose your family photographer, Pick the one that most aligns with what you like and even what types of colors you use in your home.
More experienced photographers will have a well-designed and updated website. You will find information regarding sessions, investments, and information about the photographer. Does the photographer use a client questionnaire and provide a contract? Ask the photographer if you will be able to download all of the edited images or do you have to pick and choose certain images? If you are making an investment in your family photographs, these are certain tools you want to consider when looking for your photographer.
Posed or Candid
With my images, you will notice the majority of my images are playful and less posed. I will get the ‘everyone look this way’ photograph. Then, the majority of your gallery will be carefully created candid moments. Some people prefer a more posed look. Before you book your photographer, look at their social feeds. See what is being captured in the images and decide what you would prefer. When you choose your family photographer work with someone that you like the type of poses they share.
Communicating with Your Family Photographer
Finally, when choosing your family photographer, be observant with how well they answer your questions, provide information, and respond to questions. One way I like to communicate with potential clients or new clients is to schedule a phone call or Face-time. I like having the opportunity to share about my business and how your particular session will look. Also, I will go over what to expect and how to plan for your session.
There are most likely hundred’s of photographers in your area. Choosing the right family photographer should be a well thought decision. When you are investing in your photographs, you want to choose a photographer that you appreciate their style, organization, and communication.