Choosing the right photographer has a lot to do with your own aesthetic. How you want your photos to look. We’ve had many photoshoots as a family but the one I regret the most is our wedding photos. Our photographer was a friend of the family and I never looked at his portfolio. We ended up with images that lacked our own personality, none of the photos I wanted that was on my “list”, and 11 years later, we still don’t have a single wedding photo printed and framed.
Since then, I’ve had a boudoir photoshoot done, a maternity, newborn and several family photoshoots. Here are the lessons I’ve learned:
- Determine what style photos you like. Do you want moody photos? Photos that are bright and airy?
- Look at photographers’ websites and have a look at their photos. Each photographer has a different style and you need to find one that is in a style you prefer.
- Find a photographer you’re comfortable with. You need to be comfortable in front of the camera for amazing photos.
- Find out what the photographer offers. Some only offer online images, some offer photobooks and printed/framed works, some offer a USB or a certain amount of printed images.
- And lastly, work within your budget. If you love a photographer’s work but can’t afford their rates, please don’t ask for a discount. Photographers have very expensive equipment, work hard at their craft and spend many hours editing photos. Rather ask if they offer a payment plan. Or if they can refer another photographer that can do similar work but is within your budget.
Hope this helps you find the photographer for you. I think I’ve found my favourite photographer that suits my aesthetic/style and whom myself and my family are extremely comfortable around. Do you have a favourite?
Here is some of the work we had done in previous years. I’ll link the photographer’s website.
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