PART 1 : HOW TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER YOU'LL LOVE, AND WANT TO TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT
Updated: Mar 11, 2019
Welcome welcome! I'm so glad you are here today!
Disclaimer: Before you totally brush me off, I want you to know that I know the photographer you hire might not be me, and I am 100% ok with that. I know this blog post might seem oddly self-serving, but stick with me here. My honest to goodness goal of this post is to get you to a place where you know exactly what you want from a family photographer so you can hire the right one with confidence! You are in the right place if you know you want to have family pictures taken, but :
1) have NOOO idea what you want out of a photographer, or
2) Have no idea where to find this photographer
Is one of those options you? Both? Alright! Let's get to it.
First, there are some questions you need to ask yourself :
Question #1) How important is this to me? Are you just doing this because you feel like you should, or your mom wants an updated picture, or your last family picture was 5 years ago when you had 2 less kids? Or are you doing this because your kids are growing up WAYYY to fast and you just want time to slow down! You had pictures taken last year, but they weren't quite what you wanted, but you also can't quite put your finger on what you do want?
Your answers to these questions should also give you a good answer to the question of how much to spent. If it's not that important to you, spend less! If it's super important, I'd recommend saving up and spending more. Quality photography is an investment. The old adage is typically true of photographers - you get what you pay for.
Question #2) What is my desired photography style? This question has two sub parts to it, editing, and styling.
A)What editing style do you like? Currently, there are more or less two editing styles in photography land. Bright and airy, or dark(er) and moodier. Below are some examples of the two categories.
Warm and Moody:
Light and airy:
(images are NOT my own, and are from katielamb.com)
Editing can vary even within these categories, but that is generally the idea.
B) Do you like posed or candid (also known as lifestyle, documentary). Is it more important to you that you get one with everyone looking and smiling at the camera? Or is capturing the essence of your family more important? Do you just want to remember what your family looks like, or do you want to remember what it felt like to hold your babies close to your heart? Take a look at the visual samples below:
(Image is NOT my own, image is from davidblairphotography.com)
Question #3) What type of location do you want? Inside or outside? This one is pretty straightforward. The one that's less so is artificial light or natural light?
Inside with artificial light:
Natural light :
Question #4) What type of products do you want from your session? Most photographers can be lumped into two categories (most, not all). Shoot and burn, or print sales. Shoot and burn means you get a certain amount of digital files from your session to keep forever and print however you want. Print photographers typically charge a smaller session fee up front, but then have everything for sale after your session. Some also require a minimum investment on prints. Now, there are also some photographers who do a hybrid version of this. They offer all the digital files from your session, but also give you the option to purchase professional prints. Some include an album with your session. It's been my experience that digital files tend to gather dust on hard drives because 1) life get's busy and 2)We have good intentions, but again, life gets in the way. I personally enjoy someone who takes care of the printing for me, so I don't have to think about it. Outsource baby!
Wahoo! You made it through part 1! Now onto part 2.....How to search for your photographer.
Morgan Bruneel Photography is based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with travel dates available to Seattle and Central Washington. Family Photo Sessions are available from late March till the end of November. Fall Family Session in particular fill very fast so it is recommended you book 2-3 months in advance. For information on travel dates or local session openings, be the first to know by subscribing to my e-mail list. (Scroll to bottom of any page to subscribe).