Of course, there are so many photographers out there, so it can seem like an incredibly daunting task to choose one! When I am looking for a photographer for our family, here are five questions that I consider!
1. Do I like the style of their work?
When I'm considering a photographer, I will check out their blog, as well as their Instagram and Facebook page, to see examples of recent family sessions and consider whether they represent the type of work I'd like to see for our family’s photos!
2. Do they specialize in family photography?
As the mom of a toddler (and also a former elementary school teacher), I am especially aware that kids are notoriously unpredictable! I know from personal experience that shooting a photo session with a couple is a whole lot different than shooting a family session, especially one with little kids! Even with the best preparation, young children just don’t place the same value on a photo session that we do. This is totally normal (and completely developmentally appropriate!), but it can create a stressful situation for everyone if the photographer isn’t as accustomed to connecting with little ones and adapting to whatever they throw their way!
3. What kind of location am I looking for?
4. Do I feel a connection with them?
5. Will they help me prepare for our session?
One of my favorite things about the photographer we will be working with is that she not only creates beautiful, consistent work (so I have a pretty good idea of how our final images will look), but she also sent us a style guide to give us some tips and tricks for looking our best for our session! Even though I send my own clients a style guide, hers was different and gave me some great new tips for coordinating our crew! Instead of feeling stressed and frustrated, I feel confident that we’re all going to look amazing for our session and have so much FUN!