Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Photographer

By Natalie Edmundson Photography |

Birth Photographer Grovetown GA

With an eye for detail and ability to catch moments that may pass unnoticed to many people, photographers can create memories that last more than a lifetime. While there are plenty of amateur photographers who do fantastic jobs, composing a photograph and knowing when to take it is a lesson learned only from experience.

Irrespective of your preference, picking the right photographer for an event is essential, and with multiples options to choose from, it can get quite challenging. To help simplify your search, here’s a list of the top five things to look for when hiring a photographer.

1. Specialization of a photographer.

When booking a photographer who can meet your needs, it’s imperative to understand the photographer’s specialization. A photographer who is a specialist has undergone training and practice to acquire skills which are not possessed by others who merely dabble in photography. For example, specialists in maternity and newborn photography have been trained to incorporate safety measures while capturing photographs. They are also skilled in delivering family sessions as well as documentation for clients with milestone sessions because they go hand in hand.

2. Experience and professional knowledge of a photographer.

The experience and professional knowledge of a photographer are extremely critical when you look for a photographer whose photographs will accurately capture what you have in mind.

The wealth of knowledge acquired through years of experience and learning the art allow a proficient photographer to work in various lighting situations and understand angles to capture the most beautiful photographs. Experienced and knowledgeable professionals also understand how children and babies interact during different times of the day, thereby enabling them to capture the babies’ personalities.

Safety is essential in newborn photography because newborns are fragile. While many photographers oblige client’s requests to execute one or more of the social media trends in newborn photography, only experienced professionals can execute the assignments safely. For example, one of the big trends is the hanging branch newborn shot or the froggy pose. Each of these images have very specialized requirements which are done with an assistant and need digital alterations to make it an illusion. A photographer trained in newborn posing and safety understands babies’ temperaments, temperature requirements in the studio, understands proper posing techniques, picks out safe props and knows what poses require an assistant.

Clients must raise specific questions to professionals to gauge their experience as well as to understand the importance they assign to safety measures. Answers to questions such as, “What training and experience do you have with handling newborns? Do you have children? Do you constantly participate in workshops as a medium for continuous education? Are you involved in different organizations that promote photographer’s learning?” and others, help clients to identify an experienced and professional photographer who can meet their needs.  

3. The style of work displayed in a photographer’s portfolio.

When deciding on which photographer to go with, review their portfolio and see what catches your eye. The images captured by a photographer must speak to you, and their pallet choice such as bright, bold, colorful, or neutral must appeal to your tastes. A proficient photographer utilizes a lot of neutral tones as well as custom setups in which they incorporate requests for colors by parents. A professional also assists in styling each session so that your images will be timeless and your favorite images can be displayed happily above the nursery or mantle.

4. The personality of a photographer.

After reviewing a photographer’s portfolio, to identify the image style and pallet choice which best suit your needs, it is essential to get to know your photographer. After all, they are going to be with you during some of the most memorable moments in your life. Make sure you meet them, visit their studio, and ask questions. This will give you a chance to feel more comfortable and see where your newborn session will take place. It also helps break the ice for clients who will have their photographer with them through a birth session.

Professional photographers are known to offer all prospective and booked clients an opportunity to meet them either in the studio, at a local coffee shop or even over the phone depending on the convenience of the clients. Visiting the studio is particularly important, as it allows clients to assess whether custom artwork available in some of the collections meet their needs, or they should purchase a la carte. Consultations between clients and photographers are a great way for you to get to know a little more about photographers, their studio, how your photography session will be styled and any other details for your session.

5. Keep your budget in mind as you check the various services that can be obtained from a photographer.

The price range of a photographer varies according to the services or sessions they offer. Understanding whether your budget allows you to avail services which match your needs is a critical consideration. It would help if you found out what you are investing in, the experience level of the photographer, and the quality of the finished product. It’s in your interest to ask questions such as - Do you have a wardrobe option? Does a makeup application come with certain collections? What products are available to me as the client?

Answers to these questions ensure that your needs are met and you get the greatest value for your money. 

If you’re looking to hire a photographer in Grovetown, Georgia and the surrounding areas who specializes in maternity, birth, and children and newborn photography with a focus on capturing beautiful and timeless memories as per your needs, reach out to Natalie Edmundson Photography.

As a photographer operating a full-service studio, I take care of all the aspects of photography, right from consultation to the delivery of your products. Apart from being a professional, I am a mother of two children and safety is my number one priority while clicking photographs of posing newborns. To capture pictures of you, your baby and family at your best as you celebrate moments of joy, my studio offers an assortment of couture gowns for mother’s to use for maternity or even during family portraits at a newborn session. Dresses in various sizes, as well as outfits for boys, are also available. My studio is fully equipped with all the newborn accessories to make your session extra special. Once your session is edited, and the gallery revealed, you can schedule an in-home or studio visit to select frames and other products.

To learn more about the photography packages I offer, please click here. If you have any questions, about how I can advise or guide you to meet your needs at the highest quality standards and within your budget, please feel free to contact me by clicking here.