5 Tips to an Amazing Photographic Experience!
Finding the right photographer and scheduling a professional photo session can be a little scary and super overwhelming. So many questions run through your head. How many photos do I need? Where am I going to put my photos? How much is this going to cost me? What do we wear? How could anyone get a toddler and a newborn in the same shot?
I’m a photographer, and I can tell you I have dreaded getting our own family photos done in the past. It can be super stressful! So that is why I have come up with a short list of tips that have helped me and my clients to have the most amazing photography session possible.
1. Find your style.
This is probably the hardest part. Like most of us, you are probably a mix of different styles. From my experience, the best way to find YOUR style is to look at the clothes in your closet & the furniture throughout your house. Is there a color that stands out the most? Are you attracted to traditional or contemporary pieces? Do you like symmetry or eclectic arrangements? Bright colors or muted? Rustic or modern? Look around your home and come up with 3 words that you would say define your style the best. Have those words handy when you are looking up photographers for your next session. Your photographer’s style should match pretty close to your own personal style, making your session images a perfect accessory for your home.
2. Know your budget.
Yeah, a budget is kind of a bummer, but knowing your budget will allow you to walk away from your photography experience feeling like you won the lottery and not like you now have to take out a second mortgage or most of all feeling like you got suckered.
With that being said, let’s be real. If you are looking for a legitimate professional business…a business that pays taxes, insurance, professional memberships, and has vast education and experience in the field of photography, it is not going to be cheap. There are major expenses to running a business. No matter how passionate a person is about photography, they still have bills to pay. So please be realistic.
While there is a photographer for every budget, don’t ever settle for something you aren’t in love with. Sit down with your photographer. Ask about fees, prices of prints, and budget, budget, budget. If you need a payment plan, ask for one! if you need to save up for a session later in the year, do it! You deserve to have amazing photographs.
3. Check out referrals.
When looking for your perfect photographer, ask around. Your friends and family, your co-workers, even your hair dresser will all have a recommendation, so write them down. Read online reviews and do your research. Make a list of around five to call.
4. Interview & Ask questions.
Never hire a photographer just because they make pretty pictures. Yes, creating art is a factor you have to consider, but so is the persons personality. You need to meet them, talk with them, and ask them questions before you book them. I have had many a client come to me with horrible experiences from photographers that take lovely images….but are not nice in their customer service skills.
Now, I could list here a hundred questions you could ask any photographer. However, they won’t be your questions for your unique session. So, here are the basics….
1.) Are they licensed and insured?
2.) How much professional experience do they have?
3.) Do their prices fit in your budget?
4.) Does their style fit yours?
Those are the bare bone basics, and you should have several more questions to ask that are unique to your situation. But what I recommend is to trust your gut! Do your personalities mesh, and do they make you feel comfortable? Do you truly like this person, and feel they will capture you and your family perfectly?
5. Relax & Have Fun!
Congratulations! You have chosen a photographer and have booked a session with them. While you may have some worries on whether your kiddos will participate during the session, please trust your photographer knows what they are doing. After all, you picked an experienced professional. So, relax and enjoy the session. Be in the moment and have fun!
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