5 smart ways to plan the perfect portrait session
Part 1 – choosing a creative photographer
Is it time for that photo session?
Finding distinctive photographers isn’t always a happy accident, despite the many talented creatives out there. Knowing which one to select is an important decision and narrowing down the right person for your event can seem overwhelming. The secret to finding the right photographer is to narrow your search term – use google maps, a post code or local landmark. Working with a professional close to home takes the stress out of preparing for your photo shoot. Why waste time looking at websites of photographers on the other side of the world?
Why do you want a photograph of your family?
Deciding what or why you want the photographs is the next step – do you need a photographer that specialises in families or one that can create magnificent head-shots? You’ll probably want a couple of options for your portrait session. Create your own personal experience by choosing the ‘best fit’ for your nearest and dearest.
What to look for
- photos crafted and finished to an exceptional standards
- consistent portfolio spanning a number of years
- specialist in your preferred style (not a general all-rounder)
- does the web-site have family-friendly tips?
how about step-by-step guidance on what to expect?
Make a short list
Browse a range of websites that meet your criteria – one that is accessible and is an expert in one niche. Collect your chosen few in a bookmark, pinterest board or good old fashioned note book. Only choose photographers whose work you like, whose style suits your family outlook and the quality of work reflects your high standards. This is your short list.
Get on the phone
The easiest selection process is to call your photographer. Once on the phone you’ll quickly be able to establish a rapport and get a sense if you’ll like the person. Ask a few simple questions to help make a connection with the photographer. If you can build a relationship over the phone and feel comfortable chatting with them, you’re sure to enjoy the session and appreciate your photos.
Take your time
A photographer has to be absolutely professional. They are preserving memories and capturing moments that are precious. These are not to be taken lightly and require absolute trust in the photographer. You are reliant on them to create beautiful photographs and to show you how to move through the session effortlessly. A photo session only lasts for an hour and it’s not often whole families, siblings or couple get a chance to come together like this. Under pressure or feeling compelled to perform, it can be hard to show your true personality. In this case, you’ll be glad you took your time to find the right photographer.
Above all else, these sessions are about recording your life and loves – have fun with it.
I hope this as of some use to you, look out for part 2 next week. The thrill of a portrait shoot.
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