I understand that finding a suitable photographer can be quite overwhelming, so here are some pointers to help you!
I have worked with a lot of Melbourne families and new mums over the past few years and I have heard many stories from Mum and Dad about their past experiences with other photographers. Stories that often upset me because they tarnish the reputation of all photographers. I most commonly hear about experiences where parents feel 'ripped off' after having their photographs taken, or parents being underwhelmed by the end results.
I understand that finding a suitable photographer can be quite overwhelming so I have put together this extensive blog so you can better understand your options and make an informed decision. After all, there is a lot of effort on your behalf to have your memories captured and newborn photographs especially can't be repeated when the window of opportunity is so small.
How Much Do Photographs Cost?
Just because someone owns a camera it doesn't necessarily mean they know how to use it!
In the digital age, anyone with an iPhone and Facebook page can market himself or herself as a photographer, so it is important to find a photographer that you can trust to capture your memories. After all, those precious moments disappear in a flash! When considering a photographer, it is a good idea for you to find out about the photographer, their experience, reputation, and business policies.
Photographers’ prices tend to be based on an industry standard equivalent to their skill and experience.
Photography Techniques You May Not Know
Good professional photographers do a lot more than point and shoot, hoping to get a great image. If you are looking for an expert in the field of photography, they will have the knowledge, expertise and equipment to produce high-quality images and produce creative, perfectly printed portraits.
General-use cameras continue to improve, and so does the equipment used by professionals. If you want photographs to frame and put on your wall, quality albums or even digital files so you can do it all yourself, just be aware that a professional-quality printing lab can provide much better prints than those you might get at the local retail store.
Archival Photographs Or Digital Files?
Professional cameras produce images of much higher resolution than standard cameras, and professional lighting techniques plus understanding of light can make the difference between a so-so photograph and a photograph that can “pop” off your wall.
Using more flattering angles and unique perspectives and settings, clearly separate “real” photographers apart from their amateur or part time counterparts. Professional photographers use refined editing techniques to clear up imperfections and provide controlled contrast and colour balance.
Professional printing companies have the right equipment and correction services and supply a range of archival photography materials such as metallic and art papers, canvas, acrylic, and more. If your prints from a retail store fade over a short period of time, don’t be surprised, as only a professional photographer will supply you with your photographs on lifetime archival paper.
The Hidden Risk You Take
Good full-time professional photographers have strong reputations, as what they do is both personal and creative, and image-based. Their work is easy to check out on their website or Facebook page, and you should look for a photographer that specialises in the particular genre that you want photographed.
Do your research to find a professional who works in the style you want for a price that you are willing to pay.
Feel free to ask for a consultation appointment with photographers whose work seems to be what you like. Use this initial meeting to find out more about their photography experience, products and pricing. When looking at their work, take note of the style and variety of photographs, and how that matches your personal preferences. Pay attention to poses, angles, lighting and other techniques.
Check a photographer's Facebook reviews, references, and written testimonials.
Being a member of an organisation like the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) shows a level of commitment from a photographer to grow a business and keep skills current. The photographer is also bound by a set of professional rules of practice, a code of ethics, and adequate public liability insurance. The AIPP also certifies photographers, which involves submitting photos and reaching a certain high standard. It’s like the difference between being an accountant and a CPA.