Three Important Tips to Finding a Professional Photographer
Our little ones…one minute they’re small, cute, and cuddly, and the next thing you know they’re graduating college and ready to conquer the world. However, in between the years from birth to about 18, there are so many changes that your child will go through, so many moments you’ll want to capture on film to remember it for a lifetime.
While modern technology allows parents to photograph their children whenever they want, there’s still nothing like having a few professional photos that can be hung up around the house for everyone to see. If you’ve just had a little one, there’s no time like the present to begin capturing memories now.
Below is a bit of advice on how to find the ideal photographer:
- Specialization is Key
When it comes to choosing the best photographer for your newborn photos, you need to be careful that you don’t just choose any random person to do the job. There are various categories to photography and you want to make sure that you’ve selected someone who is skilled in capturing the very essence of your newborn. Just as you wouldn’t go to a dentist when you’re sick with the flu, you wouldn’t go to a wedding photographer, when you’re trying to get newborn photographs taken.
Specialization will be very important, especially when it comes to photographing your child, as it takes a special person and skill to be able to capture your baby at the right moment (in between all the cries and other malfunctions).
- Experience Goes a Long Way
Just as you want to find someone that is experienced in taking newborn pictures, you also want someone who is experienced at it. If you’ve been a parent even for a day, you know all too well how much patience and understanding it takes to get a newborn to sit still and be calm. You don’t want to pay for pictures that have your child crying in every shot, nor do you want pictures where your child isn’t looking at the camera. Getting this type of skill down requires a great deal of experience, and as such, you should look to hire a photographer that has the ultimate experience in dealing with newborns and young children.
- A Portfolio is a Must
Never, never, never, do business with a photographer that does not have some form of portfolio to show you. A photographer’s portfolio is like their business card. It shows potential clients what it is they’re capable of doing. In today’s digital world, you might be able to find the portfolio online somewhere in the photographer’s website. Review the pictures carefully. You want to look at more than the cuteness of the babies that have been photographed, but the overall professionalism and craftsmanship of the entire photo. A quality portfolio will have varying backgrounds and details for you to review.
- Parental or Customer Reviews Ideal
Aside from reviewing the photographer’s portfolio, you also want to look into customer experience. While many websites today will have customer reviews, when you think about it, no site is going to post a negative review. Therefore, you’ll need to do a little digging to find out what other parents have said about their experience with a particular photographer. While in business you can’t please everyone, you at least want to know that you’re making the best decision possible. Look to see how comfortable the parents and children felt, whether they had to wait a long time, and how well the photographer worked with the child. These are all important aspects to consider.
Once you’ve found the ideal photographer to take pictures of your newborn, don’t forget to set up an initial meeting to go over prices, wardrobe options, and photo package choices. This will allow you to ensure that you’re completely comfortable with what direction they’re taking with your child and the photos. Using these tips, you’re sure to find a newborn photographer, that creates pictures worth showing off to the world. Once you’ve found good one, its best to stick with them so that each memory is captured just as perfectly as the last.