What to Consider When Choosing a Maternity Photographer
Pregnancy photo shoots are best done around six to eight weeks prior to a woman’s due date, which means there’s nearly no room for mistakes if you don’t like the finished product or if the photographer wants a re-shoot for whatever reason. It is thus crucial that you take your time choosing the right photographer.
The following are tips to help you find the right photographer for your pregnancy shoot:
Begin by collecting names and checking out portfolios on their websites. Just trust yourself on this one – call if you are blown away by some photos, ring the photographer. If you just found this person randomly without a personal referral, ask them for a few customer references instead.
Find someone with extensive experience or, even better, a specialist in pregnancy photography. You’ll want a pro in capturing the pregnant female body in the most flattering poses.
If your budget is limited, make sure to ask what is included in the session when inquiring about their pricing. And be sure to check if printed photos are covered, or if you have to pay for them separately.
It can be overwhelming to scan through hundreds of pictures of yourself pregnant. The photographer should be happy to assist you and suggest ideas for editing. Also ask if they do the editing too or if someone else takes care of this part of the job.
Film vs. Digital
If you appreciate the benefits of digital photos but aren’t ready to let go of your prints, ask the photographer if they do prints at all. Printed photos are, of course, more expensive because of the cost of the film as well as the labor and the process, but the result is always worth the additional price.
Know what preparations should be done ahead of the shoot. Professional photographers will always have some tips to offer, like wearing comfortable outfits. When you feel great during the shoot, your pictures will likely look as fab.
If you’re dealing with the studio manager, make sure to meet the photographer personally as well in order to get a sense of their personality. Beautiful photos don’t stop at art. Just like your outfits, the person you work with should make you feel at ease because this will certainly affect the outcome of your pictures as well.
Finally, ask the photographer what happens to your pictures once they’re done. Although not crucial, you’ll want them to store your digital files and negatives long after you get your photos, just in case you want copies in the not so near future.