If you are new to the world of custom photo sessions, it might seem intimidating. Maybe even overwhelming. Maybe you don't even quite want to start because the whole thing just feels out of your comfort zone.
I have plenty of things like that in my life too. Like I hate calling insurance companies. So much that I don't call, even when I have a good reason to. (Unless it's absolutely unavoidable.) So obviously I won't be any help to you if you have some aggravating insurance issues.
But, if you're wondering if you want to hire a photographer, or about how to make your photo session a success, maybe I can help you out.
First of all, is a custom photo session right for you? This blog post talks about how I do photo sessions, so you can see if you're going to be even remotely interested. Every photographer is different, but in general I think you'll find the basic framework to be a lot like this.
For the sake of this article, let's assume that this is exactly what you're looking for. Yay! The next step is to choose a photographer in your area. Referrals from friends are your best bet, but Google probably is your second best source. I wrote an article here about choosing the right photographer for your family.
Once you have someone chosen, you can think about some ways to get the best possible results. It's an investment that you want to really get the most out of!
One of the questions I get asked the most is "What should we wear?" There are lots of right answers, and there are some wrong answers too. :) I have a post about what to wear here.
Here are some ideas for making your family portraits unique and fun for kids.
This one is a post with 5 ways to make the most of your toddler photo session, but the ideas aren't exclusive to really young kids - they would work for children of most ages.
This is a really fun style of session, celebrating one person at a time - I call it "All About Me" photography. It is a wonderful way to both make your child feel incredibly special, and to remember the details of their interests, hobbies, and enthusiasms.
Another list for you - this one is "5 ways to have an amazing family photo session with young children, and 3 ways to make it difficult and stressful".
If you live in the Albuquerque area and you're interested in a portrait session, I'd love to chat with you about what you are looking for! You can give me a call or email me.