So you are looking to hire a photographer for your upcoming photo session, whether it be documenting your adorable baby bump…or maybe you are getting ready to have a baby and need to get a newborn photographer in place before baby’s arrival…or capturing moments or your child turning a certain age…or engagement photos so that you can share with family and friends, whatever it may be you need to hire a photographer specific to your needs and ahh yes, your budget.
There are a few things to look for when looking for the photographer perfect for YOU.
- Do you like their style? | Take a look at the photographer’s website, blog, browse around their social media…do you like the photographer’s shooting style? Do you like the images you are seeing? Pay close attention to how the lighting is in images that are showcased, angles and how the images are cropped. If the photographer has nice, clean cut images that tell a story, perhaps that is the photographer you are looking for. Take note of the photographer’s editing style, typically all photographers (professional photographers) have an editing “flow” or consistency in all of their images, if they don’t it would be hard to determine how YOUR images will turn out. Be sure there is consistency in their images.
- You get what you pay for. Seriously! | This goes for everything in life, you get what you pay for. There is nothing wrong with getting your haircut from a beauty school student because it fits within your budget, verses a professional hair stylist who has been cutting hair for years…but just know that the quality might not meet your standards at times, and maybe sometimes it will. Same goes with anything you invest your money in. Not all high priced photographers are amazing either, but if you can see their work and note the consistency in their business and style, you can probably bet they are good at what they do. Going to the photographer that does mini sessions for pennies and gives you a CD worth of images may sound like a good idea, if it fits into your budget, but always remember people willing to give it all away aren’t always valuing their work, in turn are they valuing you as the client?
- Set a budget, this is an investment | Photos are an investment. A good photographer can come at a price and may take some saving up on your end. Photography should be seen as an investment, you are investing your money and setting aside some time to capture some moments that you will never get back. You are documenting events in your life, or your kid’s lives that are fleeting and intangible. These are memories for us to look back on, for our children and their children’s children…we cannot go back in time but we can look back upon a photo. It almost feels like going back into time, a little piece of time frozen. I have heard some of my client’s say that they WISH they would’ve gotten more family photos done when the kids were younger or they were sad they didn’t get enough photos with their family members who are now passed away. I know it may seem odd to think of photography that way, but you are amazing…you are YOU and your family members will want something to remember you by, invest in your memories. Invest in memories for your children and of your children. Set a budget, know that you are going to invest in something big and save up for it. Talk to your photographer about a payment plan (most are totally willing to work with you if you just make a suggestion, I know I would be).
- Lovely locations | Whether you are going for that traditional studio feel or maybe something with natural light, outdoors best suites your needs, the photographer you choose should be able to give you suggestions on the location that would work best for the look you are going for, or at the very least have a list of locations to choose from. Although the location is half the battle, your photographer should be guiding you if you need help deciding on a location.
- Outfits, what do we wear? | A good professional photographer will be able to assist you with your family’s wardrobe selection for their photo session…what colors look good together, what clashes, always put a diaper cover on your baby girl wearing a dress…things like this should be openly discussed and if you need help, they should be helpful in guiding you with your wardrobe for your session.
- Connection | This might sound silly, but when I am looking for someone to photograph my family…I want to make sure I get along with the photographer, that our personalities mesh well. When hiring a photographer be sure you like who they are, if your personalities clash or you are not getting the answers you need or there is no communication whatsoever, or they are not very personable, there is no connection. Maybe you are just another client in their books, another name to add to the list. It is important to me that all of my clients feel connected and important. Sure there are times when maybe we miss a beat…but you should have some sort of communication and a good connection with the photographer you are hiring. Bonus points if they call or email you to try to get to know you a bit more before your photo session. Customer service is a must!
I hope this post helps you find that “perfect” photographer for your needs. It is always nice to find someone within your budget and style who you mesh well with, once you do so they could very well become your forever photographer.
If you are interested in hearing more about what I have to offer as a photographer, I would love to chat with you about booking your next photo session. I know that I am not always the photographer for everyone, but I do also have a lot of connections in the local photography world. I would love to set something up! For more information on booking your upcoming photo session please click on the Contact button above or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org | Thank you for reading!