You don’t need a photographer in particular (a friend, a recommendation) to start your search. It is important to find a local photographer who is familiar with the areas near your home. Consider the type of photography that you are looking for, such as “family”, “newborn”, and “maternity”.
A professional photographer is required for a social media presence. You can get an even deeper look at the top 2-3 photographers that you have narrowed down from your Google search by using Instagram. You can see their latest work by viewing their grid. You can also see their personalities and find humor in the stories that they share.
Although searching online is a good first step, it’s not the same as talking to the people who will make the final decisions. You should take note of their responsiveness, how affordable they are, and if the communication was personalized. You want to ensure that the communication style of someone you invest in is compatible with yours if you are looking to establish a long-lasting relationship.
Check Out Google Reviews
Are you still unsure about investing in someone you don’t know? Google reviews can be a great way to reassure yourself! Check to see if there are any negative reviews. If so, why? Also, make sure you check for recent reviews. If they are all older than five years, it’s a red flag.
Delve Even More Into Their Galleries/Portfolios
While home pages are great, a photographer’s portfolio or gallery will be the best place to spend your time. Once you have narrowed down your choices, go to the portfolio page of that photographer for family, newborn, or maternity. Or whatever category you are looking for. Take a look at the images and take note of which ones you like. It shouldn’t be just 1-2. It is important to love many gallery images, if not all, for the photographer that you choose.
This post was written by a photographer at Christina Louise Photos. Christina is one of the top Tampa Maternity Photographers, capturing the intimate moments of maternity, motherhood, and childhood. As visual storytellers, we turn your most intimate moments into lasting memories. Contact us today to learn more about scheduling a photo shoot!