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How to choose a good Maine family photographer

Family, Films, Maternity, Newborn

Oct 29

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Choosing the right Maine family photographer is a significant decision. The photos captured during a family session often become cherished memories, adorning your walls and albums for years to come. In this post I am going to help you navigate the process and ensure you select a photographer who can capture the essence of your family beautifully. I would love to be that photographer for your family but it is most important to me that you choose the right family photographer for your family even if that isn’t me.

1. Style Preferences

Before spending countless hours looking at the many many different Maine Family Photographer websites, take a moment to define your style preferences. Are you drawn to candid, documentary-style shots, or do you prefer more posed and formal portraits? Knowing your style will help you narrow down your search and find a photographer whose portfolio aligns with your vision.

My personal style is a mix of posed and candid. As a mother, I truly understand wanting that “everyone looking at the camera smiling” photo. However, some of my favorite images are the ones that showcase the connection and laughter between you and your family.

How to choose a good Family Photographer in Maine

2. Reviews & Recommendations

Start your search by researching local photographers online. Websites, social media platforms, and photography directories are great places to begin. Look for customer reviews and testimonials to gain insights into the experiences of others. Ask friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations. Personal referrals often provide a trustworthy perspective on a photographer’s professionalism, creativity, and overall satisfaction.

I have been blessed with some of the best clients ever. Almost all of the families I photograph come back year after year. I have been photographing many of these families for over a decade and have witnessed their weddings, pregnancy and new babies. Nothing gives me more joy than when clients turn into friends. See some past reviews here.

3. Review their Portfolio

A photographer’s portfolio is their visual resume. Take the time to carefully analyze their previous work. Look for consistency in style, quality, and creativity. Pay attention to the emotions captured in the photos. Pay attention to how they light their images and edit their images. You want a consistent style and look so that you know exactly what you will be getting. If their portfolio is inconsistent it might mean you won’t get exactly what you expect from your session with them.

I carefully edit each image in your gallery. I work hard to have a consistent style by using light in a special way. I strive for a well exposed image with great skin tones and colors. However, the most important factor to me is having image that look relaxed, fun and connected. Review my portfolio.

How to choose a good Maine Family Photographer

4. Communication & Customer Service

Effective communication is crucial for a successful photoshoot. Reach out to potential photographers and assess their responsiveness, clarity, and willingness to address your questions. A photographer who takes the time to understand your expectations and communicates openly is more likely to deliver the results you desire. Clear communication ensures that everyone is on the same page regarding the shoot details, location, and any specific requests you may have.

5. Experience Matters

While everyone starts somewhere, experience often brings a level of expertise and confidence. Look for a photographer with a proven track record, especially if you have specific requirements or a large family. An experienced photographer is more likely to navigate various lighting conditions, handle different personalities, and adapt to unexpected situations during the session. Don’t hesitate to inquire about their experience in family photography and ask for references if needed.

I have been photographing clients since fall of 2010. After over 100 weddings and many many more family sessions I feel like I have seen it all. This experience has taught me how to work with children who are not into a session or bad lighting. Experience truly is the only way to become one of the best family photographers out there.

6. Budget Considerations

Determine your budget before starting your search. Photography prices can vary widely, so having a clear budget in mind will help you narrow down your options. Keep in mind that quality often comes at a price, but this doesn’t mean you can’t find talented photographers within your budget. Be transparent about your budget when discussing packages with photographers, and ensure that there are no hidden costs that may catch you by surprise later.

I put all my pricing right on my investments tab. I do this so you are never surprised. If you have any questions please reach out to me.

7. Location and Setting

Consider the location and setting of the photoshoot. Some photographers specialize in studio work, while others excel in outdoor or on-location settings. Think about the environment that best represents your family. If you have a favorite park, beach, or even your own home, find a photographer who is comfortable and skilled in that particular setting. The right location can significantly enhance the overall aesthetic of your family photos.

I am skilled at both in home session and on location such as beach and fields. I have packages that give you the ability to make the choice for yourself and I show portfolio images that reflect the different types of sessions I offer.

Choosing a good Maine Family Photographer

8. Equipment and Technology

I am a big believer that the camera does not make the photographer. However, with that said having good equipment is important for high-resolution printing. It is also important to have up-to-date and reliable camera gear as well as backup gear (even for family photography). A photographer who invests in quality equipment demonstrates a commitment to delivering the best possible results.

9. Flexibility and Accommodations

Life with a family can be unpredictable, and flexibility from your photographer is invaluable. Find a photographer who is understanding and accommodating if you need to reschedule or if there are unexpected changes during the shoot. A flexible photographer will work with you to create a comfortable and enjoyable experience, allowing for candid moments and genuine interactions to unfold naturally.

I have a policy that if you little ones are not feeling good or the weather is bad I am always willing to work with you to reschedule. I want your session to be a fun one and situations like sick kiddos do not work well for accomplishing that.

10. Contract and Policies Review

Before making any commitments, carefully review the photographer’s contract and policies. Ensure you have a clear understanding of what is included in the package, any additional costs, and the photographer’s cancellation or rescheduling policies. A transparent and well-documented agreement protects both parties and sets expectations for the entire process, from the initial consultation to the delivery of the final images.

11. Personal Connection

Trust your instincts when evaluating potential photographers. A positive personal connection can greatly impact the overall experience and the quality of the photos. During the initial consultation, assess whether the photographer makes you feel comfortable and at ease. A photographer who values building a rapport with clients is more likely to capture authentic moments and expressions during the session.

Choosing a good Family Photographer in Maine

Choosing a good Family Photographer in Maine…

In conclusion, choosing a family photographer involves a combination of research, communication, and personal preference. Take the time to define your style, research local photographers, analyze portfolios, and consider factors such as experience, budget, and flexibility. Clear communication, a positive personal connection, and a transparent contract are essential elements of a successful collaboration. By following these steps, you can confidently choose a family photographer who will capture beautiful and meaningful moments for your family to treasure for years to come.

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