What to Look for in a Family Photographer?

The moments of childhood fly away and we never remember them. Yet they are precious for the parents who cherish the most sacred memories of our first steps and words. Unfortunately, the capacity of our memory is very limited so newer news replaces the older memories. However, there is a way to remember everything – if you put it on the paper: whether just white pages or a copy paper. Of course, today most people take pictures with their phones and care little about the quality of the pictures in the end. But if you would like to have beautiful professional pictures of your kid that will remind you about the most precious moments, then there is no better way of doing so than hiring a professional baby or family photographer.

Below you can find a list of five most essential qualities to look for in a photographer for your kid.

Photo by Amy Tripple

1. Patience

Little devils can be exhausting and as a parent you perfectly understand it. So if you would like to get perfect pictures of a child, you need to wait and observe. Your goal is to find a photographer who will be able to do that. Furthermore, a lot of children get shy in front of a camera not even mentioning a stranger with a camera. So your family photographer needs to take time for adaptation. Photographer’s patience will also come in handy for schedule and requirements negotiation process.

Photo by Antonina Mamzenko

2. Be ready

You will rarely find a kid who will be sitting at one place for a long time; generally, they are constantly running, moving, inventing something all the time. So your goal is to look for a photographer who will be able to keep the pace and be always, we repeat ALWAYS with a camera to take a perfect picture. Family photography is an art to getting in the right moment in the right place with the right lens on and with the perfect light around. Your photographer must be ready for any unexpected situations: rain, wind, cry or uncontrollable fun!

A little tip for you: don’t ask your photographer to show you the pictures during the session. There is a great chance that while you would be looking at the results, your kid would make something great and unbelievable and you’ll miss it. Leave overview of the work for later.

Photo by Kate L Photography

3. Be in tune

A good and professional baby and a family photographer is a good psychologist. He or she reads people’s mood and current state in order to get the best pictures possible. When you are looking for a family photographer, you will understand which of them is the right one. At this point, listen to your heart and forget about the numbers or expert’s years of experience.

Photo by Julie Harris

4. Light

Light is one of the most important elements of photography in general. When you are going through the portfolios of perspective photographers you will see the difference among them. Some prefer soft and yellowish or orangeish colors, while others take advantage of cold shades of blue and higher hardness. Look at how a photographer works with light, how he or she catches natural shafts of the sun. Sometimes light is the decisive element of a perfect shoot. Ensure you’re your chosen family photographer, knows how to work with light.

Photo by Kate L Photography

5. Leader vs. follower

There are two kinds of photographers: those who lead and those who follow. Both are absolutely great techniques but the approach is different. Leaders would usually have special poses for you, they would prefer to make staged pictures. Followers, on the other hand, prefer live pictures. They only tell you to act normally or give you something to occupy yourself with in order to catch the true smiles or surprises on your faces. It’s up to you which one to choose, but try to match your photographer to the expectations you have about the shooting.

Photo by DNK Photography

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