So I know that there are a bunch of photographers floating around and I personally think that it’s amazing. People dream of starting their own successful businesses and I think photography is a great business to have. And I absolutely LOOOVE being a Conroe and The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer. I also think there’s so many people that want their portraits taken that even though there are SO many of us, we all can’t take on ALL of the population who wants professional, high end portraits. And further, we all have our own niche or we are all trying to figure out what that niche is. So this brings me to my first suggestion.
- Depending on what types of photography you want from your session, look for someone who specializes in that niche.
- Studio Portraiture
- High School Seniors
- Family (ME!!!)
- Product photography
I once heard that you can be good at many things but great at few. Which is why it is SO important to pick a photographer that specializes in the niche (type) of photography that you are after. I am a photographer here in The Woodlands who specializes in baby and family photography, who also specializes in candid portraiture (more on what all that means below)… and not to toot my own horn, but I think I am great at it! I cannot say that I am a great sports or product photographer, though I may be really good at that, it’s just not where my work “shines.” So my next decision towards my process of elimination would be this.. what STYLE of photography do I love and how do I want my family documented in a life that never seems to slow down?
Posing is an art form all in itself. It takes someone trained and comfortable in posing each session differently, and uniquely to get that perfect image for the more traditional art of photography, and conversely, it takes someone quick on their feet and patient enough to do a more lifestyle session. Waiting or running to those perfect shots during a lifestyle session is what makes my heart beat, and what makes my work what it is (even though I do offer light posing that is natural and comfortable for every session). So when you arrive at a photographer’s website, and you love what you are seeing, notice if they are more candid or more posed. And see which one you want your family to look like when you get your portraits back! Neither is the wrong answer, it’s just your preference.
The next thing I should point out, is that you should really look at the quality of the product that you are looking at. Things like portraits being in focus, white balances are all correct and cohesive, etc are very important when choosing a photographer. If a portrait is out of focus on your computer screen, when you blow it up to a 24 x 30 canvas, it’ll really stick out and not make a great wall piece if that’s the case. Photography is an investment, so if the portraits are unusable, what’s the point in that investment? I have noticed that being a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer, having clients in the Conroe and The Woodlands area, they typically choose canvas, wall art, or high end albums to display on their walls and around their homes.
Another thing that is super duper important to me when choosing the photographer of my dreams is to make sure I love their work and that it’s consistent and cohesive. If you do not love your photographer’s work on their website, or if you are not sure if you do, do not use them. Because when they deliver your final product, there is a possibility that you might not love it! And because you chose them, looked at their work, and paid for it, it would not be fair to you or the photographer if you did not love what you saw before you even inquired. Cohesion is also very important because you will know exactly what you are going to get when you book that specific photographer! Editing styles, if they shoot wide or close framed portraits, a little combination of both, again, posed or candid, it all defines what makes each photographer unique in their craft.
Another point that must be considered is what type of products are you after? If it is canvases, albums, metal prints, normal prints or digitals, the photographer you select most likely has the products they offer for a reason. The prices that they set are based off of their business investments, expenses, and so much more, so budgets and costs are both equally important to the photographer just as much as it is important to you. And if they love what they do, they will not take that responsibility lightly.
And lastly, I thought I would put together a list of questions that might be helpful when you inquire to book a photographer:
- The most important question I would ask: How do you backup my images before you have completed the editing process and final selections?
- I’m lost on wardrobe and need help. Do you offer styling services?
- What products do you offer?
- My child is 2 and will not pay attention to me, let alone a crazy lady/guy pointing a camera in his face for an hour. How do you handle that?
- How long do you backup my images in case I lose them?
- What is included in the price you have listed on your website? (this helps to prevent that switch and bait method of doing business which should be illegal, in my (usually right) opinion)! 😉
And as much as this point is argumentative, it is a necessary point to mention. Gear. What kind of gear is your photographer using? Being a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer, my gear varies based on the type of session I do, but it should also be said, that yes, you can be a great photographer and take amazing pictures with your iPhone, but those most likely will not be something that you can pass down to your kids, their kids, and then their kids. A photographer’s gear is an essential tool set to create the images that they display. They are tools, but it’s the photographer who makes the final product upon delivery, but again, the tools they are using can make a big difference.
I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this post, answer anymore questions if you have them, or ideas on blog posts that pertain to photography or life in general! Feel free to comment below! And if you are in search of a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer
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**Pictures taken in Waynesville, NC… and since 1/2 of my heart lives there, I am always up for a travel session there if anyone would be interested in that. Just GET IN TOUCH here for more information! <3
Andrea Surak is a The Woodlands Baby and Family Photographer also serving North Houston, Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, and surrounding areas.
Child and Family Photography is done in her studio in Conroe, Tx, serving The Woodlands, Montgomery, Willis, Cypress and the Greater Houston Area or on-location in Montgomery County, Tx and the Greater Houston Area.
Andrea is known for her use of natural light and candid portraiture for child and family photography. Click HERE to view a collection of my family and maternity work or visit the CONTACT form to get in touch! <3
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