There are so many talented photographers in our area, and it can be hard to decide which one is the right one for you. I’ve put together a list of 5 things to focus on when you are choosing the newborn photographer that is right for you.
Check out their portfolio – photographers choose a variety of images to showcase their photography style. From these images, you should be able to have an understanding of their editing style and photography focus. An experienced photographer should have a consistent look and feel to their work. Is their work light and airy, moody, or natural and bright? Having a clear vision of their style will help you know what to expect if you hire them. If you have your heart set on a lifestyle newborn session, you don’t want to hire someone who has a portfolio full of posed, swaddled newborns. Make sure their portfolio is in-line with your expectations.
Check out their social media accounts – not only will you get a peek at some more of their work, but you’ll get an idea of WHO the photographer is as a person. Read the captions – does the photographer sound like someone you’d like to hang out with? If so, great! Your session with them will likely be comfortable, relaxed, and fun!
Are they in your budget? – While price should play a role in your decision, it should not be THE deciding factor! Photography is an art and an investment. Running a photography business is expensive. Photographers invest a lot of time, money, and resources into their businesses and their prices reflect that. And often times you get what you pay for in terms of quality and customer service. If a photographer is outside of your budget but you are dying to work with them, reach out to them! Many photographers will work with you on a payment plan to spread the costs. Also, if the photographer is not charging sales tax they are not running a legal business.
In line with budget, make sure you understand the photographer’s pricing structure. Does the photographer just charge a sitting fee and then digital files are an extra cost? Do you receive a print release or can you only purchase prints through the photographer? Make sure you have a good understanding of what their pricing and business structure is so you aren’t blindsided by extra costs.
Lastly, how do the photographer’s photos make you feel? Does their work elicit an emotional response in you? Do you look at their work and think, “I would LOVE a picture of my baby and family like that.”? If you look at their work of other families and fall in love, just think how you will feel about their pictures of your own family.
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