5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Selecting a Family Photographer


Photography is part of my love language. Not only do I enjoy taking photos, but I also enjoy hanging photos and having family photos taken. We live in a 900 sq. ft. apartment, and I have over 250 photos displayed. I subscribe to the mentality of collecting memories, not things, and I love that photos are able to capture a moment in time. Like that moment before my husband and I parachuted out of a plane. Or that moment my husband started crying when he saw me walking down the aisle. Or those gummy smiles my almost two-year-old would give me when he was only a couple months old. I never want to lose those memories.

Baby Kevin Quinn BW-81To ensure that those moments are forever documented, we’ve hired many professional photographers over the years, and in my opinion, we’ve had the opportunity to work with some very talented artists. In selecting who we want to have snapping our family’s photos, we ask ourselves five questions.

  1. Have they had experience in photographing families?  Having a portfolio of beautiful wedding and engagement photos is great, but if they haven’t worked with small children before, chances are they aren’t the right photographer for you.SHG_9168-2
  2. Are they open to what you want? For every photographer we’ve worked with, I’ve created a Pinterest board ahead of time to give them an idea of what I’m thinking in regards to style. Some photographers have used it as a point of reference, and others have actually saved images to their phone for ways to pose us. Both ways work for us because it means they were taking into account what we wanted.
  3. Are they reliable? Do reviews say that the photographer arrived on time, prepared for the shoot AND returned pictures in a timely fashion? If reviews lack in any of those areas, you probably want to look elsewhere.SHG_9022
  4. Do they fit your budget? Cost is dependent from family to family and area to area, but make sure that the photographer’s prices work for your budget. Often times photographers have a sitting fee plus the cost of photos, so factor all costs into your assessment.
  5. Do they give you the rights to your photos? A non-negotiable for me is receiving the rights to our photos. I want to be able to print photos at my leisure, and I don’t want my online gallery disappearing in 90 days. Every photographer we’ve worked with has given us a zip drive or CD of our images plus a written statement saying they give us the right to print the photos (which you need to print at local drugstores).

SHG_7622Once you find a photographer you love, stick with them! The more they photograph your family, the better they’ll get at understanding your style and connecting with you. Photographers are an extension of your family, if only for a couple hours each year.

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Katie Q
Katie is a Butler University graduate, who was lucky enough to meet her husband the third day of college. After graduating as one of Butler’s top 10 women, she went on to do Teach for America; South Carolina. She was a second grade teacher in a school with a high Hispanic population and loved every second of it. Never intending to be a stay-at-home parent, she worked until the day before she gave birth, took one look into her son’s eyes, and decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom after all. After re-prioritizing upon the birth of their son, Katie and her husband decided to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to family. She recently graduated with her master’s degree in education. She loves to cook, celebrate holidays, watch movies, party plan, travel the world, take walks, and play with her Border Collie. You will likely find her seeking adventure, hunting for bargains, helping others get healthy through her passion as a health coach, or cuddling on the couch with her hubby, baby, and puppy. If you’re interested in reading more about her crazy adventures, check out her personal blog, A Quinning Love.