Pick me, pick me! | children's portrait photography

July 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

When searching for a photographer or any other service or product provider for that matter, do you feel like we/they are jumping around saying, "Pick me! Pick me!"? Well, in actuality we are. We all want your attention. We all want you to like us. We also want you to pick us. We are all trying to stand out. 

I'm sure when you are shopping for something that you want, there is a certain criteria that you are trying to meet. I know I have criteria for certain things. Like when I was looking for a car, one thing that I always had to have was a sunroof/moonroof. There was no negotiating on that. Another option I wanted, but wasn't totally necessary was the color of the car. I really wanted blue, but if I couldn't have that, I'd be okay without it. As long as it wasn't white, I was cool. 

Getting back to you...I know that there is something that is a deal breaker regarding the type of photography you're looking for. On the off chance that you don't know exactly what you're looking for, please let me provide some suggestions that may help in your search. 

The first thing I'd like to suggestion is figure out what type of portrait photography you like. Do you like lifestyle photography, which is a very relaxed, unposed type of photography?  It captures candid, but styled moments, usually around your home or outdoors. Then there's studio photography, which is posed in front of a backdrop or it could be outdoors as well. 

Next, you need to find a photographer who has a style that you are drawn to. Please, please, please for all that is sacred, please do not select one photographer's style and ask another photographer to copy it. We really hate that! If you like a photographer's style, then you need to investigate that photographer further. Call them, email them, meet them. Something! I find it's best to check them out because nobody wants to work with a brilliant person whom they don't like. Can you imagine having to give your hard-earned money to some moron whom you can't stand? I can't.  Also, if you're looking for someone to create newborn portraits for you, I would suggest you not go to someone who specializes in weddings. Find a photographer who actually photographs the types of portraits you want to have created.

Another thing to consider is your budget. Photography is a creative luxury. It is not a commodity, so the price range will vary quite a bit. Do you have a ceiling? Do you even care? If money is no object, then that's one less obstacle for you. If money is an object, then there are plenty of photographers who will work with you to make sure you get what you want in the best way possible for you to get it.

Something that may or may not be important to you is the location of the photographer. Will you need to go to them? Do you want them to come to you? Is distance something to consider? I'm just trying to give you things to think about so that you will be completely happy with your selection. Of course I don't have any control over the outcome of your session, but if the photographer seems to be consistent in their portraits, then you shouldn't have a problem. 

That leasds me to the final suggestion which I alluded to in the previous paragraph. Make sure the photographer you select is C O N S I S T E N T! What does that mean? That means all of their images are amazing and don't look different from one image to another. What I mean by that is that the images don't look like different people photographed each image. There is something that ties the images together and confirms that they were all created by the same person. 

So I think that sums up what I believe you need in order to find the photographer for you. If you have questions for any photographer, please ask them. They should be more than happy to answer your questions and if they're not, then maybe they're not the one for you. Now all you need to decide is what is most important to you. What is your deal breaker? What is negotiable? What do you like? What don't you like? What do you want? 

Of course I'd love for you to choose me. But if I don't offer what you want, then it would be best for both of us if you didn't choose me. One very last thing, if a photographer offers a consultation, I strongly suggest that you accept it. This will ensure that everyone is onboard and knows what to expect and what will happen. No one likes surprises, especially if it's not their birthday. 

Good luck with your search and much success in finding the best photographer for you. If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear/read them.


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