You're excited to have a family portrait session, but how do you choose a photographer?!
There are so many photographers in every area, how are you supposed to choose the right one for you? I'm here to help you! As a Morgantown family photographer, I'm very familiar to the photography world. I have put together some useful tips to help you choose the right photographer to capture your family memories forever.
CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER WHOSE STYLE YOU LOVE
If you don't like the photographer's style, there is no reason to continue looking. Everyone has a style they like or are looking for, even if you're not sure what the name of that style is. Make sure you take a good look at the photographer's portfolio to see whether their style is consistent and is what you're looking for.
CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT SPECIALIZES IN THE TYPE OF SESSION YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
This may sound obvious, but it's not something people always consider. If you're looking for a family photographer, you wouldn't want to go to someone that specializes in weddings, for example.
Someone who specializes in the type of photography you're wanting will be an expert in that genre. Do your research to ensure that the photographer you choose is great at the type of session you're looking for.
CHECK THEIR PORTFOLIO, LOOK FOR CONSISTENCY
Start your research by reading any reviews in Google, their Facebook page, or even testimonials on their website. What are their reviews like? Do they express happiness? Reading what their clients have to say will tell you a little bit about that photographer and the experience they provide.
Another important factor is their portfolio. Is it consistent? If you notice that a photographer doesn't show a consistent overall look, take that as a red flag! Do they have enough photos in their portfolio for you to make an informed decision? How about the quality of their images? Quality has little to do with the equipment they use and a lot to do with their experience and training.
PRICING- HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
This should actually be the last thing on your mind, but usually it is the first. If you want someone that will literally just snap away- you can find that easy and cheap, they're all over. Is that what you want? Good photography is not cheap and you get what you pay for.
Many photographers take their art very seriously and will go above and beyond your expectations. A good photographer will invest time and money to ensure they're continually growing their skills.
Remember, when you choose a professional photographer, you're not paying for them to click a button. It goes much deeper than that.
CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT IS COMMITTED TO YOU FROM BEGINNING TO END.
A photo session is more than just showing up and having your photos taken. Choose a photographer that is involved beyond just taking a deposit, shooting your session, and delivering your images. Your overall experience will be enhanced if you choose someone that works with you each step of the way.
Don't be afraid to ask questions!
Photography is important! Finding a photographer you trust and love is just as important! You're spending your hard earned money on your pictures and your experience, and you should be able to do so without hesitation. If you want to know anything at all, simply ask!
As a full time family photographer in Morgantown, I strive to give each client an amazing experience. If you think I may be the photographer for you, feel free to reach out and ask me anything at all!