There’s a good chance you’ve landed on this page while searching for a family photographer in your area.

If that’s true, then it’s lucky you ended up here. Here is my first tip on choosing a family photographer that’s right for your family.

Whether you end up choosing me (which I really hope you do!) or one of the many other great photographers around Australia, I want you to make an informed choice that’s right for your family.

Making the right choice IS IMPORTANT

Everywhere I go, being a photographer, people are inclined to tell me the bad experiences they have had getting their family photos taken.

That’s why I went ahead and wrote this series!

Before you head off to browse through the vast choice of photographers available on the internet, make sure you know what to look for…

Tip # 1 – Ask to see samples of their work

How else will you know whether the products you can purchase are the type that you are after? When you are going to pay money for your family photos to be captured you want to be sure you are dealing with a professional, one who can physically show you samples of their work.

Some question you can ask your photographer:

  • What does their work look like when it’s printed?
  • What sort of products do they offer? Prints, Canvases, Acrylic, Books or even cute little keepsakes to give to family and friends as gifts.
  • Can they show you images of those products or better yet do they have samples on hand so you can see, feel, touch the quality of the product you are going to be paying for?

These are all viable questions you can ask during the process of choosing a family photographer and a if your photographer is proud of their work and has invested in their business then they will be more than happy to showcase the quality of their work and products for sale.

If you have any questions about the products available from Kerry Schultz Photography then please get in contact.

 

Things to Consider

Style: When checking out websites of potentials, think about the style you are wanting. Are you seeking portraiture, documentary, edgy, urban, fine art, or something else entirely? There’s no need to book a photographer whose online presence doesn’t gel with what you are after. It’d be wasting your time and theirs. Once you decide on a handful of photographers, move on to the next section.

Reviews: Look for reviews online, or the old-fashioned way via word of mouth, about the photographers you are considering. Have other people been pleased with them? What can their past clients tell you about their products? While it’s best to meet in person to get a feel of what they offer and their personalities, this will also give you an idea of things.

Interview: Contact the photographer of your choice and set up an interview. While there, ask to see their portfolio and perhaps even some shots that they personally view less than perfect. This will provide you with a well-rounded look at their work and style. When you are going to pay hard-earned money for your family photos to be captured, you will want to be sure you are dealing with a professional who can physically show you samples of their work. What does their work look like when it’s printed? What sort of products do they offer? Can they show you images of those products or better yet do they have samples on hand so you can see, feel, touch the quality of the product you are going to be paying for?

Be critical: This will be a memory you keep for years to come and you should have whatever you consider to be the best. Does their work look good framed? How’s the composition and style? How crisp are the shots? How well does the photographer appear to capture emotions within a shot?

Ask questions: This might also be a good time to ask about the rights to your photos. Will you be able to make copies yourself, or only order more through them? Will the photographer have the right to display your photos as promotional material should they so choose? Will you be required to only use the watermarked images if you share your photos on social media, like Facebook. Discuss things they would put in a contract, perhaps even ask to see a standard contract.

Following the above tips should help ensure you choose the right match for you.

 

Kerry Schultz

Kerry Schultz

I am a natural light photographer, I love working in the great outdoors. I create meaningful images and keepsakes for families as well as teach Mums how to document the lives of their loved ones through photography. I live my life in 'moments', creating and capturing as many as possible.I tend to put off the boring 'adult' stuff in life which means I'd much rather go rollerblading down the street (wearing a superhero cape) with my two boys than do the dishes!
Kerry Schultz