With so many family photographers out there it can be overwhelming to find the right one for your family. And, typically, it’s a big investment. So to help in your quest to find the perfect photographer match, here are some tips I’ve come up with after 8 years of experiences, both as a professional photographer and as a photography client.
1) The best place to start is with referrals from friends. Referrals are great when searching for a photographer because your friend will already have gone through the entire process. Ask your friend if they were happy with the way the photographer interacted with their family. Did they get their images when promised? How was the quality of their gallery? And the most important question, would they use their photographer again? Someone who has gone through the entire process with a photographer will be able to gauge the experience from start to finish.
That being said, don’t use a photographer just because your friend did. Your needs could be different. Which leads me to point two…
2) Not all photographers are created equal. They typically have a unique style and one or two specialties. Look at their body of work and gauge whether or not their style matches what you are looking for. Don’t pick a photographer who focuses on candid images if you want all posed images. Do you want a big, extended family portrait? Then you probably don’t want to pick a photographer whose website only displays newborn work. Pick a photographer who specializes in what you want done. If you don’t, you could be disappointed with your images and the photographer will probably end up frustrated that you are asking for something they just don’t typically do. You want a photographer who is excited to photograph the needs of your family! I know my pictures are better when I am passionate about what I am photographing and I don’t just feel like I was hired because I have a camera and can get the job done.