How to choose your family photographer | Laurie Endsley Photography
Oh, this is big. Huge even. It’s that time of year again, or its been a year or its been… never and you have decided that family picture need to be taken and they need to be done right. So now the hunt begins! Finding you family’s professional photographer.
The first thing now-a-days that people do is to hop on Facebook and update their status with “Who knows a photographer?” This is a semi scary way to go about looking for a photographer, since anyone with a camera can claim to be a pro and now one is the wise until you get your images back.
I want to help give you some power in finding the right one for you.These are a few simple ideas to keep in mind when hunting for the perfect photographer.
1. Asking around is a great way to start. See what I did there? You thought I was going to tell you that you were wrong! But you’re not. I mean word of mouth is how most photographers stay in business. So ask your friends and family. Scroll through their pictures; see what they have up in their homes.
2. Once you get the list of names, don’t ask for the cheapest just because it’s the cheapest. The cheapest might be the best of the bunch, but that snowball rolls nicely down ether side of the hill and you may end up getting what you pay for. Look for the best you can afford.
3. Gather the names and go to their Facebook pages, go to their websites. Read what the photographer has written, see what they have shot, Ask yourself, do I like their style, do I like their edits? These are important questions. If you are not in love, then go on to the next one.
READ THEIR ABOUT ME SECTION! It is the easiest way to see if you will like their personality.
4. Look at their work, is it consistent? Do you like it? If they shoot a lot outdoors and you want an indoor session, or if you like soft vintag-y images and theirs are all bright and bold you may want to keep looking. Look past the first page, look at the categories on the page. Check out their facebook page, what do they post? Most likely they post the images that they love the most, this will give you a great feel of what their work looks like and what you can expect.
5. Next, most photographers usually offer packages and/or prints. Most of the time it is listed on their website, look and see what they offer. How are you going to display your images? What sizes do you need? You are going to print them right? Please say yes…. Art is meant to be displayed not stuck on a cd in a drawer.
5. Check out more than one. Check out multiple pages on each site. Make sure you really like what you see.
6. Contact the photog and book! Many photographers book months ahead, particularly with weekends. I can be booked up to 4 months in advance, so the sooner you pick a date and time the better.
7. Rock your session!
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Hope this helps!
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