Picking a photographer can be difficult though if you don't already know someone you'll use. Keri Meyers Photography has a great guide on what you should look for in a photographer.
First, check out your photographer's portfolio. I think this is the single most important part of choosing a photographer. Obviously you wouldn't choose someone who didn't have work that appealed to you. Right? Right. If you're looking for newborn photos or any photos at all, look to make sure they photograph that specific category. Some photographers are specifically family/newborn and some are wedding only. The mom of a girl I know from college only photographs cats, so there is that. Make sure you're picking the right one for you. The portfolio is the best indication you're going to find. Second, check references and reviews. Happy customers will spread the word about their photographer (I told everyone how much I love ours). Check to see what previous customers think. It won't hurt anything, and you'll get a better idea of the feel of the photographer. The more you know, the better.
Third, check experience. Honestly, I think their portfolio will be the best example of their experience, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Everyone has to start somewhere, and a naturally talented photographer may not have a ton of experience.
And lastly, cost. I would have used Michele even if I hadn't gotten the special, but cost is important. I would love to say that price doesn't matter, but it does. However, I would have paid more for newborn photos than I probably would for anything for myself. It is one of those things, you know. They're only newborn once.
Our session was split in two. We went to Michele's home for the newborn shots of just Isaiah and the next day she came to our house for the lifestyle shots that we were in with Isaiah. I'm fairly hesitant to be in professional photos, but this is one of those times where you just suck it up and do it.
I love the pictures from his nursery. What am I saying? I love them all.
And that's us. One little happy family.
All photos by - Michele Snyder Photography