These days there are more and more family photographers which makes choosing a photographer that much harder. Fun fact, the town I grew up in had exactly one photographer. If you needed family photos, it was in a studio and with him. Now if you ask on Facebook you’ll get 30 recommendations.
- Where do I want my family photos? In-home, in-studio or outdoors?
- Do I want classic portraits with everyone smiling and posed looking at the camera? Or do I want more casual session with the family looking at each other?
- Do I want a storytelling element to my photography session? This may include reading books, dance parties, going on walks, playing hide and seek or anything you want to remember.
- If I have a newborn do I want the session to be posed or unposed? With props or no props?
- Do I like the look and feel of the editing and images? Is it dark and moody, bright and airy, or maybe very creative with multiple exposures, reflections and interesting angles?
- Do I click with the branding?
- What does my heart feel when I look at the photographer’s portfolio?
I am shocked by how many enquiries I get where it’s clear that the person enquiring has not even looked at my portfolio. I always double check to make sure that they are OK with my style because I don’t want to have a disappointed client.
Take a look around and really find someone whose work you love.