Choosing a family photographer can be downright HARD. Am I right?
You google. You google some more. You have 14 browser tabs open. You’re on your 3rd glass of wine when you realize you’ve been sitting at your computer for 2 hours and you still have no idea what you want to do. Sound familiar?
Let me help you, darlings. Stick with me here, and I think I can make it easier for you.
Typically a photographer falls into one of two categories: Either a “shoot and burn” photographer or a “full service” photographer. Some photographers are a hybrid of the two. But understanding the differences will help you decide what a good fit for you would be.
What’s known in the industry as a “Shoot & Burn” photographer is one who offers to do a photo shoot and then gives the client a disc of images. Typically the S+B photographer is someone who doesn’t have much contact with the client, other than the actual session. She wishes to deliver the final images and not hear from that client again until it’s time for their next session. This is what fits her schedule and business model.
The second is a “Full Service” photographer. This type of photographer takes a different approach and strongly believes in excellent customer service. She is in contact with her client throughout the entire process, educates clients on their options, helps with their selections and creates beautiful finished products. Usually full service photographers have been in the industry for many years and have created a different type of experience.
Neither business model is right or wrong. They’re just different. You have to choose what you want based on YOUR needs.
I’ve been doing this for 10+ years, and I’ve changed my business model many times, until I’ve found what is the best fit for me and for my clients. My process isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay. But for some people, it’s the best thing EVER (and I would have to agree).
So how do you know where to start and if a photographer like me is a good fit for you?
You can start by asking yourself these questions:
- What do I want to do with my images and how will I display them?
- What value do I give to having my photographer help me through every step of the photo process?
- Would I like help deciding what images will look best printed larger for wall art? And how those images will look in various sizes on my own walls (I have a nifty ipad app that will show us EXACTLY what YOUR images will look like on YOUR walls)?
- Will I know how to create an album where images flow in just the right way, so that the album itself tells our family’s story?
- Is it important to me that I can look back on my photo years from now and remember what my life really felt like?
When I am your photographer, I offer so much more than just photographing your session and offering prints. I start with really getting to know you and what you love about your family. I will meet with each of my clients before the photo shoot, if they would like that. Each family is unique, and each session is unique. I take the time to help plan your session so that I can create the images that are most important to you.
When I am your photographer, your family will feel connected with me during your session. Since I love taking the time to get to know you, our time together never feels awkward or forced. Nothing is rushed or hurried, and we do lots of playing and chatting and just letting the kids be kids. If they need a snack, a break or just time to be held by mama, that’s what we do (and I love documenting those details).
When I am your photographer, you get meticulously and professionally edited photos. As an artist and a creative, my job doesn’t stop when the session is over. I go through each image one by one and set aside the ones that make me light up. These are the ones that I am able to further enhance and present to you, printed, at our ordering session. I have high expectations for myself, and I aim for excellence with every client.
When I am your photographer, my job isn’t finished when the photo shoot is over. Instead of handing over a flash drive and waving good-bye, my job is still only half done. Once the session is finished, we will meet 2 weeks later and look at all of your finished photos together. You get to look at them all printed, hold them, touch them, and this allows you to be able to choose the only the ones that you really love. Seeing them printed is so much better than on a phone or computer screen. You are able to take your time as I guide you through your selection process, as well.
When I am your photographer, you don’t get high-pressure sales. There is no obligation to purchase. You only invest in the images and artwork that you love. Some clients spend $800 and some spend $8,000. What you purchase is entirely up to you.
When I am your photographer, you get your artwork hand delivered. After your favorite prints, albums, canvases and keepsake boxes have arrived, we set up a time for me to deliver your products to you. If you choose, I will be happy to stay and help you hang your prints and canvases, in the way that looks best.
When I am your photographer, I will hold your hand through every step. I believe that the best family photography experience is one where the client is walked through the entire process. And my promise to you is whether you’re building forts, making cookies or just hanging out on the back patio, it will be an experience that you will never forget.
Let’s chat! Wanna meet for coffee? Wine? A Target shopping date? Call or text me here: 513-919-6239.
Until next time, darlings!