A family photographer should be able to capture your family’s best moments with images that still reflect you. These are the seven characteristics of a great family photographer.
- EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH FAMILY
Family can be beautiful, but can also be difficult. It can be difficult and frustrating to try and get everyone together for a portrait session.
Family photographers who have experience in photographing families are adept at dealing with difficult situations. They will also be available to help you and offer support. They will be able to help you and your family members with difficult situations to get some smiles on their faces. Ask about their experience and make sure to see the portfolio.
- A STYLE THAT MATCHES WHO YOU ARE
Each family has its own culture. Many families have formal dinners in the dining area every night. Some people spend weekends in their pajamas, playing video games. Others are more committed to volunteering or activism.
Each family is different so you need a photographer that understands your family and not just what you want them to be. Take a look at the portfolio of the photographer. Are the images representative of your family culture? Do you envision yourself working with this person in the future?
- TIMELESS SKILL
Photography can be both science and art. It is not enough to have a good camera and a professional website. Some photographers have been practicing their craft for decades. “A skilled photographer knows how to adjust lighting and pose the body in a flattering way.” Seek images that show families in a way that is not tied to current trends. Consider whether these images can withstand the test of time. Next, take a closer look. Do the portraits look beautiful, unique, and flawless? Continue searching until you find a family photographer who is capable of delivering on your promise.
- EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL SKILLS
An experienced photographer should be able put you at ease within seconds. This will allow you to relax and feel comfortable during your session. Photographers must be able to capture natural, beautiful portraits even from people who are hesitant or shy. Look for someone who is passionate about people. This love will allow the photographer to portray your family in a natural, flattering way. It’s essential to the artistic process that you communicate well.
Photographers who are good at controlling their surroundings can get the best portraits. Photographers who are great at managing setbacks, such as rain or a crying toddler, or even a grumpy spouse, will be able to overcome them. Ask your photographer about their willingness to adjust if things go wrong. This is especially important if your location is outdoors. You must ensure that your photographer has a backup plan in case of rain, interruptions, or bad lighting.
- A VIEW OF DETAIL
Sometimes, you might miss the smallest details like your baby’s shadow or hair curled awkwardly above your eyes. Good photographers will. If your photographer comes in to fix a scene, it’s a good sign. Also, take a look at their portfolio. Are there a lot of wrinkled clothes and out-of-place locks? Are the poses awkward? Is it because the photographer has worked hard to make sure everyone looks great, the lines are straight, and the lighting is perfect.
Do all portraits in the portfolio of a photographer look the same? Are they the same pose and stage? The best photographers will be able to capture your family’s unique traits in a style that suits you. Look for diverse portraits in the portfolio. Ask for suggestions if you have a particular portrait session in mind. A professional will offer suggestions to help you achieve your photographic vision.
Your choice should be made based on who you are comfortable with and trust to do the best job for your money. Christina Photography prides itself on offering artistic portraits that last. The heirloom quality of our work surpasses trends and preserves forever the memories that are most important.
This post was written by a photographer at Christina Louise Photos. Christina is a St Petersburg Family Photographer capturing the intimate moments of maternity, motherhood, and childhood. As visual storytellers, we turn your most intimate moments into lasting memories. Contact us today to learn more about scheduling a photo shoot!