With the huge influx of photographers entering the market on a (seemingly) daily basis, it can be difficult to narrow down one that is right for you. Peek onto any thread on a Facebook yard sale page of someone looking for “an xyz photographer” and the list of responses can be downright daunting. Of course, one of the best ways is to ask local friends and family, which can help shorten your list. Once you have that short list in hand, be sure to check each photographer’s website and other social media platforms. Initial questions to ask yourself might include style and budget, but here are six questions you should be asking your *potential* photographer.
How long have you been a photographer? The longer a photographer has been in business, the more likely it is that it’s not just a hobby for them. And why is this important? A professional photographer will cost you more than a hobbyist, but you will also be receiving higher quality service and product. The old adage is true, “You get what you pay for.” The date this blog post goes live, MMP has been in business for almost 7 years. We are a legitimate, tax paying business licensed through the county and fully insured and we pride ourselves in offering top notch, heirloom quality products for our clients.
Which types of photography do you specialize in? It’s uncommon for a photographer to specialize in several different types of photography as they often only specialize in one or two genres. For example, a photographer who specializes in newborn photography might not be the best candidate to shoot a wedding unless they have the experience in doing so. I fully believe in the “jack of all trades, master of nothing” philosophy, so have chosen to specialize in portraiture, focusing on children and families.
Do you have many repeat clients? This is a great litmus test of not only the quality of a photographer’s work but of their customer service, too. Whether it be through Grow With Me plans, yearly family sessions, growing families, or repeat clientele for our limited edition and annual sessions, we pride ourselves on a huge percentage of our clients returning to us year after year to capture their memories.
What is your policy on rescheduling a session? This may seem like a silly or odd question to ask, but an experienced, professional photographer will definitely have a policies in place that include customer cancellations or rescheduling a photography session. A photographer with policies indicates that they have experience with different types of customers and situations and have created policies accordingly. There’s no need to worry when you book a session with MMP. Our contract is there to protect both parties.
Have you had any experience with (name your specific concern)? If you have any specific concerns regarding your photo session such as the photographer’s ability to work with a special needs child for example, find out if they have ever handled that type of situation before. Do not dismiss a photographer and their abilities based on their answers to your concerns. If given adequate notice, an experienced photographer should be able to deal with any situation you present them. This is the hallmark of a true pro. Our pre-session consultation will put your mind at ease as we are able to discuss, at length, any concern you might have.
Silent Question: Use your gut to judge this photographer’s personality and rapport. A photographer’s main job is to capture emotions and moments. If your photographer doesn’t mesh well with you on the phone or in person, chances are you and your family will not mesh well with them at your session and this will show in your images. The pre-session consultation is a great way to determine if we are a good match. We are interested in building life-long relationships, and meeting before you book your session is the ideal way to see if we are the photographer for you!
Selecting a family photographer is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You are investing your time, money, and memories to this specific person, so be sure to take your time and choose wisely. Hopefully these six questions will help you find the photographer of your dreams.
“You will never understand life until it grows inside of you.”
-Sandra C. Cassis
To me, pregnant mamas are some of the most beautiful women in the world, and pregnancy is a wonderful life event that should be captured. Pregnancy is a time you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are older. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity session, then the following tips should come in handy as you prepare for your session.
Schedule your session between 31 and 36 weeks as your tummy will have “popped” and have a beautiful shape. By booking your maternity session during this time you are also past the discomfort and bloating that happens earlier in pregnancy.
We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly (especially while pregnant), but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shiny skin or sticky clothes. You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin. For portraits, minimal jewelry is always best anyway.
Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure (and pedicure) 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session so that you can take some beautiful shots with your hands on your tummy. A neutral nail color also offers more flexibility in clothing and wardrobe choice, besides being timeless and classic.
If you already have some cute baby items such as shoes, hats, toys, blankets or a copy of an ultrasound picture, bring them along as they make for adorable, personalized props. The same applies to family heirlooms. If you have a special locket or photo that you would like to use, bring it along too.
Take the time to pick the right outfits for the maternity shoot. You should of course be comfortable but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops, cardigans, scarves, lingerie, and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape.
Or, if you’d rather, choose items from MMP’s extensive curated wardrobe closet. Pieces include tops, skirts, and flowy dresses. A maternity dress fitting is included with your session.
Be sure to think about your undergarments as well. It’s smart to bring white, nude, and black underwear to your session, especially if you haven’t finalized your wardrobe. A well-fitting strapless bra is a must! Strapless bras eliminate unsightly bra straps and bra strap indentations while still allowing for proper support.
MMP offers two types of maternity sessions. Our Simple & Sweet session is a half hour session either in the studio or on location and includes access to our curated wardrobe.
Our Pampered Maternity session includes a full hour session either in the studio or on location, access to our curated wardrobe, professional hair and makeup artistry, and a complimentary 30 minute prenatal massage at Joberson’s Day Spa in Richmond Hill. It is the perfect session to feel refreshed and gorgeous!
The Business of Maternity & The Business of Newborns (PPA classes) – May 17 & 18
Dad & Me – June 2nd
Tea with a Princess – July, date TBA
Back 2 School Portrait Event – September 8
Limited Edition Halloween Sessions – October 13
Santa Experience – November 16-18
The word “photography” is created from the Greek words for “light” and “drawing”; so basically the art of photography is drawing with light. With that being said, one of the best ways you can improve your photography is to learn and understand light. Most beginners are unaware, but the ideal time of day for portraits is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The sun is softer and illuminates your subject straight on, which helps avoid dark under-eye circles. Shooting in the middle of the day casts deep shadows under the eyes and nose and the available light is too harsh for portraits. Photographing people in the shade is another way to escape harsh light and shadows because it creates an envelope of totally even light, but watch out for “dappled light.” Dappled light is produced when light filters through the leaves or branches of a tree, creating a “zebra” effect across the faces of those you are photographing (probably not the look you’re going for!)
When photographing indoors, position your subject close to a window or open door. Place your subject where their face is turned slightly towards the window or door, all the while looking for light that is soft and directional. Be sure to use only one light source at a time, meaning do not turn on your overhead lights and lamps. Utilizing just one light source will create more flattering light and eliminate crazy temperature shifts in your images.
Hopefully these tips will help take your photography to the next level! Got questions? Feel free to email me at email@example.com
I recently came across this sweet little quote on Pinterest and knew I had to share. Helps put things into perspective, doesn’t it?
Living outside of Savannah, GA definitely has its perks. Quiet, suburban neighborhood for most days, but the energy, color, and ambiance of gorgeous Savannah only a few miles up the road. If you’ve never visited Savannah, I urge you to add it to your vacation list. This city is packed full of incredible American history, breathtaking blooms every spring (truly, it’s magnificent), and awe-inspiring architecture. As your Savannah, GA family photographer, I feel the texture of exposed brick, lush green foliage, and bustle of the city make Savannah a perfect backdrop for portraits.
Clients normally defer to me for suggestions on where to take their family portraits, but the Chu family already had a pretty good idea of a location choice. I’d never photographed around the SCAD museum and was pleasantly surprised when I pulled up in late March. With fun, modern plastic chairs and couches, walls of exposed brick, and freshly bloomed flowers, the area had a multitude of ideal places for a family session.
A family of four, the Chus are sugary sweet and their daughters overload on spunk and cuteness. I won’t expend a lot of words here since the imagery will do most of the talking.
But I will preface all of this by saying it was a gorgeous evening and a favorite session from 2017.
We even had time for a few games of “Ring Around the Rosie”.
Linxia and David, it was truly a pleasure meeting you and working with your adorable family. Thanks so much for choosing me to document this little piece of your history.
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Richmond Hill, GA 31324