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"Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Family Photographer"

Whether it's to commemorate a milestone, freeze a moment in time, or simply capture the love and connection within your family, hiring a professional photographer can turn these moments into cherished memories. However, finding the right photographer can be a daunting task. To ensure you make the best choice, here are my top questions to ask yourself before you book your shoot..

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Do you like their photographic and editing style?
This might seem like an obvious question however it can also be one of the most crucial factors when it comes to making your decision. Every photographer has a distinct aesthetic, from their composition choices to their editing techniques. Take note of what images your drawn to and why. Is it the use of location, light, colour, framing etc. Your preferences in style should align closely with the photographer's, ensuring that the final results meet your expectations and reflect the essence of your family.

What is the purpose of your shoot / what would you like out of it?

It's important to consider what type of images you want to get out of your photo session.

Are you aiming to document a milestone, commemorate a special occasion, or simply capture the everyday joy of being together? This can help determine the type of photographer in relation to their experience and style. It's always worth communicating your aims with your photographer too!


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Where do you want the shoot to take place?

Consider if you'd like to be photographed in an outdoor setting, studio setting or even at your own home. Where you shoot takes place will also help narrow down your photographer. Are they local to your area or where you'd like the photoshoot to take place? Or perhaps you're looking for someone to lead on this decision and offer suitable options instead. If you're after a studio setting, find out exactly what you photographer has available and where it's located.


What's included in the package?

Before finalising your decision, make sure you understand what's included in the photoshoot package. This can include the duration of the photoshoot, the number of edited images provided, any additional prints or products, and the timeline for delivery. Clear communication about expectations and deliverables will help you align your expectations and priorities.


How experienced is the photographer?

Experience matters when it comes to capturing precious moments. Research the photographer's background, and check out their portfolio, website and social media. Reading reviews and testimonials from past clients can also provide valuable insights.


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If it's your first time working with a professional photographer there's a few additional things to consider..


-Make sure the photographer you selected is responsive via email, or direct message.


-Go over all the information (including pricing) to make sure you understand it all clearly.


-Don’t be afraid to ask additional questions like “What happens if the weather is bad?" or "Do you retouch images?"


And finally, when you're hiring a family photographer, go with your gut! If something doesn't feel right look elsewhere. There's nothing wrong with contacting a range of people. Book the one you connect with, and who makes you feel relaxed and excited about the photo session!


Get in touch to find out more about our family sessions: laura@laurawoodrow.co.uk

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