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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Finding A Photographer

Finding a photographer can be hard. From the moment I knew about Isaiah I knew I wanted newborn photos taken. To be honest, it was way before I knew of him. I think I even had a Pinterest board with ideas on it.

Michele Snyder Photography is a business that my good friend owns. I have always loved Michele's photos, and when she advertised a Christmas special, I knew it was time to buy. I have a hard time letting go of control, so I made a board on Pinterest specifically so Michele could see the photos I already loved. She did such an amazing job of capturing Isaiah how I asked her to.
 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
  

11 comments:

  1. Those are so cute and the first one is amazing!!!

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    1. Thank you! It was kind of fun to do that one. I had NO IDEA how much was involved in taking newborn photos. It requires a lot of patience!

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  2. So great! Y'all all look wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Natalie! I am so glad we had pictures taken.

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  3. I told you this already but I am obsessed with these pictures. They are gorgeous. The one of Josh and Isaiah's foot is so so sweet. I just love them all. Just wait till I have them hanging in my house :)

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    1. I would expect a nice cluster of frames in your living room. Sounds appropriate to me. :)

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  4. The photos are so beautiful! I especially love the first one, and the ones of the three of you together as a family. What amazing memories that you'll get to cherish forever.

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    1. Thank you, Audrey! I'm in love with them!

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  5. Beautiful pictures! Help having such a beautiful family.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I love the picture of your baby girl in between the two boys. Adorable!

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  6. Great pictures! We read some Glamour Shots reviews and really loved the service that we got

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