Choosing the right photographer to capture your family’s memories is a big decision and can even feel overwhelming, especially if you’ve never selected a photographer before. You want to choose someone who works well with children, especially yours, and who is committed to capturing the moments that matter most to you and your family.
To help you find the perfect photographer for your family and photos of your child, we put together this list of things you should take into consideration during your search.
Know what style of images you want
Every photographer has their own style, whether it’s posed studio images, natural light, or lifestyle. Some may even do a combination of multiple styles. Even if you don’t know all the terms, you should have an idea of what you want your photos to look like. Take a look at all potential photographers’ galleries to get an idea of their style and if it’s a fit for you and your child.
Choose someone with plenty of experience
It may sound simple, but you wouldn’t hire an expert wedding photographer to photograph your newborn. It’s essential to choose a photographer who has experience taking the kind of photos you’re looking for. Especially when it comes to photos of children and families, it’s important to have a photographer who has a wealth of experience dealing with and photographing children. And if you’re looking for someone to take your newborn photos, you definitely need a photographer who is skilled in safely posing babies.
Make sure they’re client-focused
When talking to a potential photographer, pay attention to how they treat you. Do they take a long time to reply to emails, or are they quick to respond? How willing are they to work with your unique needs? The best photographers care deeply about their clients and creating the images their clients want, and they’re there to support and assist you every step of the way. If a photographer is client-focused, they’ll work to help you and your child have fun and feel comfortable during the session, which is exactly what you want.
Talk to friends and family
The best way to know what a photographer is really like is to talk to people who have worked with them. Before doing a Google search for photographers in your area, talk to local friends and family members and see if they have any recommendations. It also doesn’t hurt to read reviews online and make sure that no one has had a bad experience or was dissatisfied with their photos.
Have a budget in mind
Once you’ve narrowed your list of potential photographers down to just a few that seem like good fits, determine which ones fit within your budget. If the photographer you absolutely love is a little outside your price range, consider whether you’re willing to pay a little more to get the images you really want. Photos are an investment, but you’re capturing memories, so it’s well worth it!
Hello, I'm Nathalie - owner and photographer of Pictonat Photography located in the heart of Toronto. I have a passion for delivering images that capture emotions and tell a story with an intimate and fresh feel. My area of focus is on families of all ages from bump to baby and beyond.
Want to learn more about a family photoshoots or newborn sessions? Get in touch and I'd love to chat!