Looking for a photographer reasonable priced, it’s THE question. It’s a quick post to a community forum like Main Line Parent Community, we’ve all done it! So I’m going to give you the skinny from the inside. A little analogy for you, because I can’t help myself. It’s kinda like asking the question, I’m hungry can you recommend a restaurant, reasonably priced! Reccos could range from McDonalds to Cornerstone.
Let me break it down for you, there are several types of photographers. For the purposes of this blog, we’re going to focus on family portraits. The reason that’s important is that wedding, event, commercial, real estate (and the list goes on) are all different – it’s required different equipment, workflow, insurance and training. Yes, training. Photography is an art form, so different photographers have different styles.
Family Photographers Defined:
Another key distinction:
Ok so now that we are all speaking the same language. What does it mean? Honestly, it still means you’re hungry and no closer to picking a restaurant. You have to determine your goals.
What’s Your Goal?
How Do You Define Value?
Ok cool. Now that you know the details, the last question how do you define value?Again, this is different for everyone. Some define value as a straight dollar value, the cheaper the better. Some define value as what you get for that dollar value. For instance, I have my groceries delivered to my house because that’s a value for me as a working mom to not have to drag the ladies to the grocery store during my day off.
An easy way to determine how you define it. Do you pay for groceries to be delivered? Do you have a food delivery company? Do you cut coupons? Do you buy less clothes that are more expensive because they’ll last, or do you buy more clothes that are trendy and less expensive?
How much did you spend on the art you have in your home? Ok, so you might have a carefully curated collection. Or you might go to Home Goods and find a piece that matches your rooms décor. Either way, what did you spend? Would you be willing to not get that piece and instead spend it on a piece of wall art of your family that will be displayed in the same place, hopefully with a little more sentiment?
What’s the Real Question?
So, I think the real question isn’t, ‘looking for a photographer reasonably priced’. The real question should be, is there a photographer you love and why?
Check out your friends, see who they use, do they love them? Are they convenient? Do they have your vibe? But most importantly, did they capture the essence of the kids?
IF you can answer yes to all these questions then you should take a look at the photographer’s website (hint: if they don’t have a comprehensive site, it’s most likely not their full time job). Do they have a gallery of images that capture your attention? Are they convenient ie do they do the work for you (you shouldn’t be the one to scout a location, pay the rental fees etc). Do they have the images you want – wall art, albums etc? What happens if it’s outside and it rains?
Ok, so you’ve read this entire blog and now the spoiler. Here’s one honest answer from one portrait boutique: there is no right answer, there is no one answer, there is not one photographer (I wish there were, and I wish it was us).
But think about these 5 things as you choose:
PS: Ok, now one caveat because honestly, I see it everywhere and it scares the bejesus out of me. If you are looking for a newborn photographer, newborn safety is key. Please go with a professional, with a studio, one that carries insurance, and is fully trained in safety. This isn’t a learn on the job or by the seat of your pants kinda gig. This is YOUR newborn. They are fragile. They need to be handled with care. There is a right way and an unsafe way. Froggy, a wonderful pose if done in composite (if you don’t know what that means, your photographer should) isn’t safe unless someone is holding the baby’s head up and then photoshopped out of it. Here’s the reason, a baby’s spine can’t support their head yet. Please, please, please do your homework.
PSS: So, I hope this blog was helpful no matter who you choose. But I hope you love us and our work, obviously! So, here’s the skinny – we’re a full-service, studio who employees three amazing photographers. We primarily work in-studio but have Limited Edition Sessions available at amazing locations throughout the Spring and Fall. We are all fully trained in not only baby safely but also baby massage (yes, it’s totally a thing). We are IPS, which means we sit with you after your session and help you select not only your images but the finish appropriate for your style and your home! Check us out!
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