Recently, a good friend of mine asked me a favor. She sent me this message:
“Christina I need your help! I need to find a photographer up in Minnesota to take Cadys first birthday pictures. Where do I look? What should I look for? And what is a good price and what is outrageous?? Helllllp me!!”
Of course I jumped on the opportunity to help a girl out. So first I suggested she fly to Florida and let me photographer her beautiful Cady or offered her to buy & I’ll fly.. hehe. She didn’t go for it so on to researching I went.
So here is the information I gave to my friend Molly, and I’m letting you in on our conversation because I think we’re all friends here and you deserve to be armed with this information as well.
Here are some things I would personally look for in a photographer:
- Availability, obviously. But some photographers book out super far in advanced, especially ones that specialize in children photographer.
- Specialty. Make sure they specialize in children photography [or the type of photography your look for – for instance Christina Z Photography specializes in High School Seniors and Family Photography], they are more likely to have to the proper equipment and knowledge to work with little ones.
- Website. I have a big pet peeve, having a Facebook is a free service and anyone can have one. But they have to invest in their business to have a website. And to be quiet honest, I would base 75% of my decision on how the website functioned and spoke to me. Check their blog or portfolio, then check their Facebook to see more recent work.
- Make sure that their work is consistent. Check out a few different sessions, not just fall in love with one. You want to be sure that you are going to get the look your paying for.
- Deposit! I feel like a deposit is super duper professional, but it also protects you – the client. The photographer is most likely not going to flake on you, if they collect a deposit. They most likely have their ducks in a row and checked their calendar twice if they are collecting a deposit to reserve your date.
- If it’s going to be cold when you schedule, try to find a photographer that has a studio. [No worries for my Florida friends!]
- And lastly, as far as price – I’m not familiar with your area and demographics to know what a good price is. But I would stay away from the $20 shoot and burners. And prepare to invest upwards of $100 for good quality. [I’d just like to add that she spent more than I suggested and I totally thought it was worth it – and I can assure you that she does too!]
And then I told her to send me the website of a few she had in mind… and she did. And the girl nailed it! She picked an awesome baby & children’s photographer in Minneapolis Minnesota, Bella Saluti, and she scored amazing photos of her baby girl, Cady! Now – of course I wish I could have helped her out butttt I don’t shoot little ones anymore, and would totally recommend you follow this exact advice to find YOUR perfect photographer that will meet YOUR needs. Anddd I hope that it will lead some of you to ME!
I hope you find this helpful when your on your search for the perfect photographer for you and your family. If you’d like to add something please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what else you think is important to look for when finding your photographer.
Until next time…