If you’re newly pregnant, or had a child during the pandemic, you may not have hired a family photographer before. The search to find the right photographer can be overwhelming! Lucky for you, I am about to give you some insider tips on where to look and what to look for!
If you don’t have a specific photographer in mind (someone you know, a personal recommendation), the first thing you’ll want to do is head to google. Finding someone who is local and familiar with spots near where you live is key! Think about the type of photography you are searching for: “family”, “newborn”, or “maternity” for example. Use local keywords to search for these types like: “Boston family photographer”, “Boston maternity photographer”.
Open 5-10 in separate tabs so you have something to compare. Things you’re looking for:
Make sure the answers to these questions aligns with your personal style!
An active, professional photographer is pretty much required to have a social media presence these days. Instagram is a great way to get a further peek into the top 2-3 photographers you narrowed down to from your google search! Check out their most recent work by looking at their grid. See their personality and what they find funny with their stories/memes they share.
More than half of finding the right photographer for your family is finding a personality match!
Searching online is a great first step, but nothing beats talking to the final considerations. Make note of how responsive they are, whether they fit into your budget, and whether you feel the communication you’ve received is personalized. If you’re investing in someone you hope to build a relationship with yearly, you want to make sure their communication style jives with yours!
Still unsure about investing with someone you don’t personally know? Google reviews can help reassure you! Look to see if any reviews are poor…and if so, why? Look to make sure there are recent reviews as well. If all of them are five years ago, that’s a red flag.
Home pages are great but a photographer’s gallery or portfolio will be where you want to spend the most time. If you’ve narrowed it down to your final two choices: go to their portfolio page for family, newborn, maternity….or whatever genre you’re looking for. Scroll through and make a note of *how many* images you love. It should not be 1-2. You should love dozens (if not all) of the gallery images for the photographer you choose.
This may seem like an overwhelming process when you’re first starting. But just think! If you do the research and find the *right* fit the first time, this is the only time you’ll have to go through this. You’ll begin cultivating a relationship with a photographer who is the perfect fit for your family from the get-go.
"To say that I love each one would be cliche and a total understatement, but seriously... She nailed it. Being a photographer myself, I am very picky and searched dozens of photographers before coming back to lyndsay and booking her and I am so glad I did. I can't even remember the last time I hired a photographer and was this in love with the images and unable to pick just a few favorites. Thank you, lyndsay, for making the photo session easy (with 3 kids), fun and providing this mama memories for a lifetime.”
"Our images are so special and really captured our joy and the sweet personality of our little girl. Lyndsay did a great job going beyond the typical posed shots and making our photos feel authentic. We will treasure them forever."
- amanda, northborough
"We have done multiple sessions (family and newborn) and we’re so happy with the results. Lyndsay makes you feel comfortable and is able to truly capture the moment. We will have her prints hung in our house for years to come."
- beth - framingham
"We've done it all - newborn, maternity, cake smash, family photos - and every single time we are amazed by the quality of the end product. Lyndsay captures beautiful moments that we will treasure forever!"
- nicole - framingham
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