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Knowing How to choose a photographer will make everything go smoothly to insure you get beautiful portraits where you look your absolute best. Will your photographer create an enjoyable atmosphere to help set the correct mood to capture your precious memories?


Meet with your photographer. Talk with him on the phone. It's much better than emailing or Facebook messaging a prospective photographer.

Can you view a video of him on his website? If there is a physical studio to visit, drop in, unannounced.

View samples of the photographer's work at the studio or on the website. Ask yourself, did I find a photographer who shoots the types of portraits I like?

photo session planning

Careful planning ahead of time will result in a precious portrait for you to treasure forever. Find a photographer who will help you plan it ahead of time.

Proper color themes can turn a “nice portrait” into a “beautiful portrait.” Did you know that wearing the wrong clothing can add 50 pounds to the way you look in a photograph?

For more help on choosing the right clothing, you will want to read this article on Portrait Clothing. Knowing How to choose the clothing you wear, the time of day of your session, hair style and complimentary props all need to be considered when we design your photographs.

photography experience

Find a photographer who is experienced in the photography you wish to have. Don't choose a wedding photographer if you have a new baby to photograph.

Your photographer should know how to handle babies and children as well as certain “challenging” personalities. If you want the portraits created at home, choose a photographer who has experience in location portraiture.

It should be someone who has created many portraits in a variety of locations with unique areas and lighting situations.

photographer's time

Many studios, especially in stores and at the mall need to rush people in and rush people out to keep busy and cover their expensive overhead.

Crying baby

Is there a worse experience than having to wait in line at a studio while your baby is screaming?

If you find a photographer who will travel to your home or another location You want him to arrive on time, be professionally dressed and prepared to set up.

I spend whatever time it takes with my clients to create the most beautiful, cherished portraits. You want to feel relaxed and avoid the stress of time pressure during your session. Choose a photographer who you are comfortable with.

photography location

Would you like to have the portraits taken in the comfort of your own home, your yard, or your favorite park? Some studios are reluctant to do location portraits, because it’s too much work for them. Find a photographer who is willing to travel.

Would you like your portrait to have the look of a traditional portrait with a painted background in the studio or perhaps, like many of my clients, you would prefer an “environmental” portrait, somewhere special in their home. Children are especially more relaxed in their own environment.

how to choose a photographer that's flexible

Flexibility of photographer

Another photo tip on how to choose a photographer involves flexibility. 

Choose a photographer who is willing to listen to your wants and needs.

Is your photographer willing to follow a particular style of photography that you've seen?


Do you like formal posing or a more casual look? Would you like to be photographed using one of the several backgrounds choices that are always available or would you enjoy an outdoor setting?

Photographer's guarantee

If you’re going to invest your time and money into professional portraits, you want everything to come out just right, without risk. In this day and age it's hard to find people who really stand behind what they do.

I strive to go above and beyond my clients expectations and to create images that they will truly treasure for years to come. Find a photographer with a no hassles, easy to get-your-money-back guarantee.

Choose a photographer with a great guarantee

Knowing how to choose a photographer will make your entire photography experience better as well as insure you get great portraits.

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Family Portrait Photography. Here are more thoughts on evaluating family portrait photography. What skills should a good family portrait photographer possess?

For additional tips on how to choose a photographer, ask your friends or relatives who they've used and what they liked or did not like about that photographer. There is no better source than a referral from someone you know that you can trust.

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