Family portraits capture moments that we cherish forever and offer a once in a lifetime snapshot into our lives. With our lives constantly evolving, it’s important to get a portrait that displays the love that your family shares as well as all the different personalities at play.
For these reasons, you want to make sure you choose a photographer that is right for you and your family. Every family is different and will want to express themselves in their own special way. There are many different things to consider when selecting the right photographer for your family, which can make this somewhat of a daunting task.
In this article we’ll offer a few tips for selecting a photographer who’s right for your family.
Choose the right photography style
There are many different types and styles of family photography, and you’ll need to get a good idea of what type of aesthetic you want to go for before you start reaching out to photographers. If you need inspiration, websites like Pinterest can offer you a range of different ideas of the unique ways your family can be captured.
Consider the many different styles of family photography available, such as portraits, candids, outdoors, or themed. What will best capture your family and feel most natural?
Know what the photographer specialises in
Once you’ve decided the style you’re going for, make sure your style meshes with the photographer you select. If you’re opting for a more modern, non-traditional photo shoot, perhaps veer away from a photographer who specialises in formal, portrait-like styles.
Have a look at their websites or social media feeds and get a sense of their area of expertise. While most photographers will be happy to collaborate with you and cater to your needs, you don’t want to be mixing oil and water.
Have a budget
Every family has different financial means and it’s important you find a studio that aligns with your budget. Every studio offers something different and it’s up to you to figure out who can offer you the best services within your price range. Perhaps you may consider going a little bit over budget for the right photographer, or you may decide to stay strictly within your initial plan.
You’ll also want to make sure that the quotes you’re getting cover not just the session fee, but the cost of actually getting the photos as well. Many photo studios offer a range of unique printing and framing options, so consider this as well.
Consider the location
Something else to consider is the location of the studio and what shooting options they offer. While some families may opt for a more low-key shoot at home, many prefer to undergo the full photoshoot experience in a professional studio.
If this is more your style, ensure the studio’s location is realistic and easy enough to get to for everyone involved. On the day of the shoot give yourself plenty of time to beat the traffic and get there on time. No one wants to be late and frazzled on the day of their fabulous photoshoot!
When it comes to retouching, everyone has their own preferences. Some parents may want their photos to be completely natural, whereas others would like a little post production to brighten things up.
However most people just fall somewhere in between, but either way you must discuss this with your photographer beforehand. Some may not offer the kind of in-depth retouching you want, or some may offer it at an extra cost. Make sure these details are hashed out before you make any decisions so that you know what you’re in for when you receive the final product.
Getting the photos
After the shoot is done, it’s only natural that you’ll want your pictures as soon as possible, particularly if they’re for a special occasion like a birthday or Christmas. Before booking your shoot, make sure you know how long it will take to receive the images and whether this depends on the printing options you’ve selected. If you want to receive digital copies too, make sure that this is a service that they offer and what the cost will be.
This is an extremely important step, as you don’t want to have spent all this time and effort only to receive the portraits later than you needed them.
Following these tips should make finding the perfect photographer for you and your family a breeze. Go with your gut and trust that you’ve done all you can to make this the best experience possible.