Picking a photographer to capture your family is a personal decision, but people rarely talk about trusting your photographer. You know the same trust that you have in Dominos to deliver your pizza? It is essentially the same level you need for your photographer. (apologies for the food analogy, I’m hungry.)
It can feel overwhelming trying to find the right one, but it’s important to do the homework so that ultimately, you are happy from start to finish. Equally, for any photographer, we know how important these moments are. I strive to make the experience as smooth and accommodating as possible from you sending the initial enquiry, to receiving your images in print.
Here are my 6 tips to help you on your journey to finding the right photographer for you and ultimately trusting them to deliver a beautiful gallery of images from the very beginning:
- Get to know your photographer – whether you’ve stumbled across them on social media or they have been recommended to you, always try to get to know them a little more. Check out their website, follow them on socials and make contact before booking your photo session.
- Look through their portfolio –Normally found on their website, with a snippet on their social media. How do their photos make you feel? Do you like their overall style? Can you envision what your photographs could possibly look like? Great questions to ask yourself whilst researching.
- Get familiar with the photographer’s packages and products – Think about what you’d like to take away from the experience. Whether it’s a substantial number of digital files or a large framed print, try to have an end goal in mind. This goes for pricing too.
- Read through and discuss any documents sent to you after booking – during the booking process, there is normally a fair amount of information to take in. From contracts, invoices, outfit guides, be sure to read it all so there are no surprises for you or your photographer.
- Ask all the questions! There’s no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to investing in your family’s history. Sounds like a bold statement, I know, but essentially hiring a photographer is capturing your family’s story. It’s important you feel comfortable and positive about the experience.
- Go with your gut – your gut will never let me down! Once you’ve spoken to your photographer, seen their portfolio and asked all the questions that you may have, you will be able to figure out whether they are the photographer for you.
I’ve been so lucky to have the loveliest clients these past 3 years. Many have over time become friends and they continue to support me and my little business beyond their experiences with me.
Our journeys all started with a little bit of trust, and I don’t take it for granted.