Collingswood NJ Family Photographer
Photographs preserve our memories, our history, our family & friends. They are passed on to our children and, like fine wine, will be cherished more with age. They can bring tears to our eyes and smiles to our faces. Our lives are captured in these images.
Choosing the right family photographer is a very daunting task. Just performing an internet search on "Family Photographer" or "Newborn Photographer" for your area and can be difficult. There are going to be hundreds of options.You've probably have even seen a studio located on a main street in your town, or seen friends on Facebook tagged or blogged by their professional photographer in their own family sessions. And finally, there is no end in sight to the number of friends and family who say they have a "great eye" and decided to pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer. So then the question is where do you begin in choosing a photographer?
Consider the following tips on selecting and working with a photographer for your family's portrait needs:
Interview several photographers. They should be willing to take the time to listen to what you want and ask questions about you and/or your family. A photographer needs this information to create images that tell the story of who you are, or who you would like to be. Keep in mind that you are not hiring someone to simply take a picture, but to tell your story.
Ask about style. Do you like photo journalistic images? Or is your style more classical, whimsical or romantic? Let the photographer know what you have in mind, and ask if he or she has experience in that area. You want them to use the style that best captures your personality.
Look at samples. Ask to see some of the photographer's work. This will give you an idea of both the style and quality each photographer provides.
Communicate. Make sure the photographer has a clear understanding of your expectations. Take the time to discuss the services and fees involved. This helps avoid any future misunderstandings.
Ask about credentials. Membership in a professional association, certification or a photography degree shows a certain level of commitment to the profession. These types of credentials can help you determine which photographer is right for you.
Check references. A friend's recommendation, the Better Business Bureau and professional associations are excellent sources of information.
Once you've hired a photographer, he or she should take the time to talk to you about your family and their favorite activities, as well as offer suggestions on location and coordinating clothing and colors. The photographer will use this information to create a photograph that tells your family's unique story.