3 Things to Ask A Photographer When Taking Family Portraits

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Family portraits are a wonderful investment. They capture your family at a moment in time and give you something to look back on to remember that season of life. Both candid and posed moments are precious treasures for families to have. But choosing a family photographer can be tricky, especially if you know of a few good ones. So here are three things to ask a photographer you are considering for your family portraits.

3 Things to Ask A Photographer

  1. Ask if they shoot on-site. While studio portraits still have their time and place, on-site photography is much more popular these days. Make sure your photographer is willing to come to your home or another location where you want to shoot. Choosing a place that is beautiful or interesting and special to your family is important.
  2. Talk to them about wardrobe. After picking a location, a good photographer is going to have an idea of what colors would compliment that area or not. For example, if you know you are going to be taking photos with a red brick background, you won’t want your family wearing red or coral. Your photographer should have tips like that to produce the best photos possible.
  3. Discuss poses and groupings. You don’t want to spend hours upon hours doing this photo shoot—and neither do your kids. Talk about groupings with a photographer before hand and get their suggestions. For example, decide that you want the whole family, then grandma and grandpa with all the grandkids, then each individual family together, etc.

Make sure you get the most out of your family portraits by talking with your potential photographers beforehand and getting a good idea of who would work best with your family chemistry. Also, be sure you thoroughly review their portfolio. It’s very important to be familiar with a photographer’s style and be sure it aligns with your vision for your family portraits. Doing a little homework will ensure you have family portraits that will be treasured for generations.

Are you interested in having family portraits done? Contact me to find out more!

I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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