Stunning portraits capture moments in time. Do you want gorgeous photos of your most precious life moments? So, choosing the right photographer that you are comfortable with, is fundamental in receiving the portraits you have always desired.
Here are some critical points for you to consider when making your decision.
Does the photographer have the skills and experience you need?
So, what photography genre do you require? Are you expecting your first baby, and you are considering maternity and newborn photos? Perhaps you want to update your family portraits? Maybe you need pictures on your business website? You’re probably newly engaged and looking to plan your wedding? It is paramount that you choose a photographer who specialises in your genre of photography. Many different kinds of photography require different skill sets and various equipment. Therefore, it is essential to find a photographer that has the skills you need to ensure a successful outcome.
Experience is an excellent teacher. Above all, find a photographer experienced in your genre. The photographer’s expertise will create even more variety in your gallery, with fewer complications. As a result, a much more relaxed experience.
It’s a great idea to start researching your options early in your pregnancy (if you are looking for a maternity or newborn photographer). It’s just like booking your wedding potographer! They’ll be more likely to have availability if you’re contacting them well ahead of your expected due date.
Even though there are many newborn photographers in Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions, typically they get booked up many months in advance.
Many families book late on in their pregnancy but then struggle to find someone with availability in the weeks after their baby is born.
My advice would be to choose your photographer around the time of your 20-week scan to avoid being turned away from your preferred photographer later on in your pregnancy.
Does their style of photography suit your tastes?
Will your photographer deliver your chosen style? Decide what style you are after as you will need to communicate this to your photographer. This certainly will create a much less stressful experience if you and the photographer are on the same style page.
So, not sure what styles you like? Ask yourself what colours shapes and textures do you want to see around you and in your home? Consider how you describe your home decor? Is it light and airy? Or dramatic, with lots of contrast? Or is it brighter colours or tones that are neutral and soft. Perhaps a more rustic/vintage feel, or are you a modern, clean lines type of person? Also, consider whether you like natural interaction and movement in photos?
Photographers are artists and have there own style they are comfortable with producing. It can be risky asking them to go outside their creative comfort zone. Also, it could result in you not being happy with the end product.
Have they got good reviews?
OK, so you have found a few photographers, and you love examples of their previous work. Check out their reviews! What others have said is indeed an excellent insight into how well they do business. A good photographer will have reviews on their website and Facebook page. Checking reviews is an essential step in choosing the right photographer.
Check out the Bubbalicious Photography Facebook reviews here >>
How is the process going to work?
Every photographer has their own ways of proceeding through your photography journey. It is worth ensuring you are clear about all parts of the process in creating your portraits — sessions, post-production, product ordering, and so on. A good photographer will be clear and informative about their procedures. You should feel always feel comfortable and know what is expected of you and what experience they are providing.
Firstly, does the photographer allow you to meet and go over any concerns or questions that you may have? In my opinion, this is an essential service to knowing that you can work with this person. Furthermore, do you trust this person with your child? Also, is there full disclosure of pricing, procedures, what products and services do they offer? Do they offer digital portraits only- or printed products only? How does the ordering process work? Is it online or in studio designed veiwing and ordering appointment? Finally, what policies are in place within their business should something not go as planned?
Meeting with your photographer is a great way to resolve any questions that you may have. More importantly, you and the photographer can discuss the vision you have for your portraits. You can also decide the essence you wish to capture. A great time also to check out all the props and indicate which ones you prefer. Do you like the images they show on their websites and would you love something similar of your baby for your walls at home?
Most importantly, when choosing the right photographer, always ensure they have Public Liability Insurance. The unforeseen is something we never think may occur. Accidents can happen.
Will my baby be safe?
Newborn photography has become a prevalent genre. Many new photographers are setting up to give it a go. Producing those amazing, seemly impossible images, requires skill, education and experience. In contrast, some new photographers are not creating these images safely. An experienced newborn photographer will never put your baby in danger or discomfort and will always pose your baby on a safe, comfortable surface. Professional editing software creates those fantastic images. The time and skill required is the reason you are employing a professional photographer.
You’ll want to find the perfect photographer for your family because you’ll be entrusting that person to handle your new bundle of joy when they are just a few days old. You must feel that you can trust your chosen photographer to handle your baby safely.
You’ll also be typically spending up to four hours with your chosen photographer on the day of your newborn photoshoot so it’s important that you’ll feel comfortable being in their company for this amount of time.
Have they demonstrated their experience and credentials to your satisfaction? Do they talk about, and demonstrate on their website, that they are safety conscious? Have they been trained in newborn photography? Can they demonstrate how they create baby photography poses safely, without leaving the baby at risk of rolling or falling from props such as baskets and buckets?
In conclusion, there is no reason at all to put a baby in harm’s way – ever! Ask the question! How does your intended photographer plan to achieve those particular portraits?
Is there any health risks?
You should always ask if your newborn photographer is vaccinated. New babies are unable to receive all their vaccinations. Therefore, the photographer must present no risk to the baby’s health. This health risk can also be a concern with younger children though the risk is not as significant.
From time to time, your photographer may get sick and will have to reschedule. Alternatively, they may offer a supplement photographer if the date cannot change. It is worth asking about their related policies.
Can I afford a professional photographer?
Price is the last thing to consider when choosing the right photographer.
A professional photographer is not just selling you an image. They are selling you their time, skills, experience and most of all, artistic abilities. Anybody today can take a happy snap, while a professional photographer creates cherished artworks for life. “Is this something I am prepared to invest in”, is the question to be asked.
Everybody has a budget. So you must enter this journey, knowing precisely the costs involved. So you can be assured you can achieve your goal within your budget. Most photographers offer several different packages and options to help you get what you desire. Good photographers will be very transparent regarding their prices and will ensure you can proceed without any surprises.
Not all photographers offer the same quality of photography and service, so it’s important that you make the decision not just based on price alone.
Look At Their Studio Space (If They Have One)
Not all photographers have a private studio space as I do here at Bubbalicious Photography.
Some photographers come to your home and set up a studio there. These photographers typically bring a limited range of props and lighting equipment. Others, like us, have a dedicated photography studio where we do all our portrait sessions, and where we have everything that we may need close at hand.
So, when you’re deciding which photographer to choose, think about whether you’d prefer having the session done at home or whether you’d prefer the convenience of going to a photographer’s studio.
There are pros and cons for each, but with a visit to a studio you won’t have to worry about tidying your house beforehand or clearing up any mess afterwards!
If they do have a photography studio, feel free to ask to view it before you book so that you know what to expect on the day of your photoshoot. We invite all of our prospective newborn and family photography clients to our studio in advance as standard. Please get in touch with us to express your interest and we’ll arrange a convenient date and time to visit to the Bubbalicious studio.
I hope this all gives you some insight into making your decision. Striving to conduct my business professionally is crucial to me. I aim to provide a gratifying experience as I take you through your journey of investment. It is a lot of fun when done right. I hope your upcoming experience is terrific too. Enjoy!
With love and light,
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