6 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Portrait Photographer

Choosing a portrait photographer should be a very personal process.  You are hiring someone to document your family in a way that is special and meaningful to you.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when hiring an artist.  Having these questions in mind will help you find the photographer that is the right fit for your style and your needs.

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  1. How long have you been a photographer? The longer a photographer has been in business, the more likely it is that it’s not just a hobby for them.
  2. Which types of photography do you specialize in?  It’s uncommon for a photographer to specialize in several different types of photography.  Often they only specialize in a few genres.  A photographer who specializes in newborn photography might not be the best candidate to shoot wedding photos unless they have the experience in doing so.
  3. Do you have many repeat clients? This is a great test of the quality of a photographer’s work and of their customer service too.
  4. What is your policy on rescheduling a session?  An experienced photographer will have a policy in place when it comes to a cancelled session.  A photographer with policies indicates that they have experience with different types of customers and situations and have created policies accordingly.
  5. Have you had any experience with (name your specific concern)?  If you have any specific concerns regarding your photo session such as the photographer’s ability to work with a special needs child for example, find out if they have ever handled that type of situation before. Do not dismiss a photographer and their abilities based on their answers to your concerns. If given adequate notice, an experienced photographer should be able to deal with any situation you present them. This is the hallmark of a true pro.
  6. Silent Question: Use your gut to judge their personality and rapport. A photographer’s main job is to capture emotions and moments. If your photographer doesn’t mesh well with you on the phone or in person, chances are you and your family will not mesh well with them at your session and this will show in your photos.

Once you feel confident and comfortable with your choice, you can move forward and have confidence that your photographer is the best person for the job.  That will make your photo session less stressful and you can enjoy your children and family during you photoshoot.  This will make for the most beautiful photos of your family!

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