Choosing the Right Photographer

There are photographers EVERYWHERE these days. You probably know two or three people in your circle of friends who are photographers. So how do you select the one that’s right for you and your family? And better yet, why does it even matter?

Each photographer has her own unique style. You can place 20 photographers in front of one subject and get 20 different results. Each photographer is framing and composing her photograph based on the information she knows up front about the subject, how she interprets the personality of the subject, combined with her own unique style.

For example, my backgrounds are VERY blurry with a natural, photojournalistic style. None of my subject’s poses are perfect and I do this on purpose. Life is not perfect, so why should our poses be? I feel a pose should represent how a person sits or stands naturally. I’ll guide you to make slight adjustments based on how your pose will look through the lens, but I want you to be YOU.

I feel that a photograph is even more authentic if you’re NOT looking into the camera. My favorite photos are of the back of a person’s head, or when a head is turned slightly looking off into the distance. There’s so much more emotion that’s felt when looking at those types of photos.

Working with a photographer who is personable, patient, knowledgable, and creative can make all the difference in the world as to how your photographs turn out.

How to select the right photographer
  1. Look further than the images on his or her website—read her ‘about’ page.
  2. Call instead of email. You can tell a lot about a person by talking to him or her. Be sure to have a list of questions prepared ahead of time.
  3. Better yet, if you have time, schedule a consultation to meet the photographer in person.
Share information with your photographer
  1. Share as much information about your family as you can with your photographer.
  2. Tell her what makes your children laugh and what they’re interested in.
  3. Bring props and/or meaningful items.
  4. Also, let your photographer know ahead of time if there are any must-have shots you’d like.

Your photographer will have his or her own style, but should be more than happy to work with you to ensure you get the images you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to make requests—your photo session is a team effort.


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