Choosing a professional newborn, child, and family photographer can be an overwhelming experience for some people. After all, most people hire photographers for big events like marriages, new babies, and family photos, so it’s not something that is done more than a few times a year by most people.
Like finding that perfect hairstylist who just seems to get what you need, finding a photographer who ticks all your boxes is important. And unlike a haircut and color, these memories will last you forever!
Here are the 6 tips I urge you to consider before choosing a photographer:
This is probably the most important, and something I think people don’t always understand. Just like painters have different styles, so do photographers. Some have very distinct stylized looks where they spend a lot of time getting that exact photo they had in their mind.
Others will have a more lifestyle or a “looser” style that is designed to capture the spirit and emotion of the moment. And some, the true photojournalists, simply document the moment with no direction or manipulation of the scene at all.
As a newborn photographer, my style is somewhere between stylized and lifestyle. While we go into the sessions with some ideas of what props and looks we want to do, the baby is the boss! Sometimes the sessions have a bit more of a lifestyle feel to them along with the posed photos.
When you look through a photographer’s work, ask yourself these questions:
- Do the photos look well lit, without losing details in the light areas of the photo?
- Are they well composed and pleasing to the eye?
- Do the subjects look happy and/or comfortable?
- Would you be happy to hang photos like they show on your walls?
This is something I am passionate about because I work with a lot of babies. At all times, your baby’s safety is paramount. You or your children should never be in a position that makes you feel uncomfortable. No photo is worth someone getting hurt. I have received the Safety Badge from the Accredited Professional Newborn Photographer’s Institute in 2020 for completing training in newborn safety.
Experience and Education
Experience means more than knowing how to take great photos. It also means wanting to continue to grow and serve our clients, providing them with the best photos and experience possible for all of those important milestones. It also means running a legit, tax-paying business and paying for licensing and equipment upgrades. When you hire a professional, you’ll have not only a marked better experience being photographed, and your photos will truly become beloved heirlooms because of the high quality. I am a Certified Professional Photographer and am a member of the Professional Photographers of America.
To call yourself a photographer, you need nothing more than a camera and to call yourself one. While on the one hand, this is encouraging to those who want to learn the art, it’s difficult for those of us who have spent an entire career honing our craft when we are undercut in pricing.
Comparing photography pricing is like comparing cars. Sure, they both go when you put the key in them, but the difference lies in the quality of the experience of driving them. Being photographed is a personal experience, and the photos are something you should treasure for life!
And, of course, the photographer must have a schedule that meshes with yours. Beware of photographers who don’t get back to your inquiry within a timely manner, or who are inflexible about scheduling sessions.
They should be willing to talk to you about when the best time is to do your photos when the light is good if they are outdoors and have ideas for you for places to do the photos. If they operate a studio, they should understand the needs of small children and their schedules.
I’d love to talk to you more about my photographic style and if it is right for you and your family. It’s always my honor to photograph new clients, and I welcome all your questions and concerns. Contact me at (714) 366-5445 or click here to send me a message.