So you want to have family photos taken, but don’t know where to start? Fear not, I’ve got you. This is all about fit. You’ll need to find a photographer you feel at ease working with and whose style is aligned with your vision (more on that in a minute). Read on for my tips on selecting your family photographer.
What to consider when selecting your family photographer
Some things to think about to start. Would you like to have your photos taken outdoors, in your home, or in a studio? Do you only want a few digital photos for a holiday card, or are you looking to also come away with a few canvases to display in your home? Do you want a brief session that will yield a few images, or a longer session that will produce lots to choose from? Are you seeking candid looking shots capturing interaction, or more traditional photos with your family looking at the camera?
Ask around AND/OR do do a little internet searching
Beginning by putting a question out to people in your network is a great way to get started on selecting your family photographer. You will get to see examples of their work, and learn what it was like to work with that person. A simple internet search is a perfect place to start as well. With a few objectives in mind from step one, you can start a focused search.
Peruse that portfolio
Once you find a few candidates, the next step is to look at their portfolios so that you can see if the images fit with what you have in mind. You can also check out their instagram and/or facebook business pages for additional images.
How to think about cost when selecting your family photographer
There are options at many different price points, and varying types of packages with everything from all inclusive to those with separate fees for the session, images, and printed products. I follow an all inclusive model, meaning that the fee you pay at booking covers your session and all of your digital files. More info on that here. Consider what you are able to invest here and what kind of final product you are hoping for. Most photographers will have session and cost information on their site. Be sure to spend some time reviewing this so that you understand what is included and can select an option that will be the right fit for you – and it is ok to ask questions too!
Once you have narrowed your list, go ahead and make contact! You can use this time to discuss your vision for the session, mutual availability, and any remaining questions. Your photographer will also send you some material to help along the way – like FAQs, session preparation information, and contracts.
I hope this helps you on your way to family photos that you will treasure for years. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a note: email@example.com or reach out via my contact form.