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5 Questions to Ask a Potential Family Photographer

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Three young Kenyan sisters are posing on a bridge. The oldest is wearing a lime green top with turquoise long pants. The youngest sister is in the middle with her hands up wearing a yellow top and pink long pants. The second oldest sister is wearing a yellow top and pink shorts.
Sisters posing together.

When it comes to photography, many people put a lot of effort into choosing a wedding photographer but not as much consideration into who will capture their family photos. But these images of your family are just as important and will be something for your children, grandchildren, and future generations to look back on.

If you’re looking for a family photographer, create time to ask any potential photographer these five questions—and don’t shy away from voicing your concerns or clearly asking for what you want. Remember, this is a joint project. You and the photographer will be working together closely to create the images you desire.

How many years of experience do you have as a family photographer?

While it’s great to help out a friend, if you’re looking for gorgeous Christmas card images, you don’t want to book a photographer who’s just starting. Ask about their experience and look at some of their past work to determine if their images are consistent and if their style would fit your family well. You want a photographer who knows what they’re doing, communicates well, and can handle any lighting situation or rambunctious kids.

Do you specialize in a specific type of photography?

If you’re looking for a certain kind of photography, make sure to choose a photographer whose style matches what you’re seeking. Some photographers do more posed photos, some go for a more candid look, while others do both depending on the client. If you want something specific for your images, don’t be afraid to ask.

Do you have a lot of repeat clients?

The best photographers often capture multiple milestones for the same families, from engagements to weddings to newborns and beyond. If a photographer has the same clients returning repeatedly, that’s a good sign that their work is strong and consistent—and that they’re easy to work with. Reading customer reviews on Google may be helpful too.

What is your policy for canceling or rescheduling?

You never know what could happen to keep you from making it to your family photo session. Be sure to ask about your photographer’s cancelation policy and whether you would be able to reschedule your photo session if necessary. Also, ask what’s the policy if she/he/they cannot complete the session.

A black father wearing a pink pullover and jeans is helping his biracial daughter along the river bank at Brooklyn Bridge Park. She is wearing a white dress and a blue jean jacket.
Candid shots are great for storytelling.

Have you had any experience with _____________?

You may have unique concerns based on your family’s needs or challenges. Maybe you have a special needs child or a situation requiring some poses outside the norm. While it helps to have a photographer who has some experience with concerns similar to yours, the most important thing is finding someone who will be understanding and compassionate and who will work with you and your family to get great photos. The energy between you and the photographer should be positive and electric.

When you’re looking for a photographer to capture the love your family shares, it’s important to choose someone willing and able to help you create your vision for your family portraits. Most photographers share their images on Instagram and Pinterest. Be sure to check out as many of their galleries as possible and be open about what you want for your images.

At G Photography by G, we're always ready to answer questions about family photo sessions. Now is the time to schedule a free 15-minute photo consultation: schedule a consult.

About Gwendolyn R Houston-Jack

At G Photography by G, we take the lead on your photo ideas to create a memorable portrait session that allows you to enjoy the moment and the memories.

Gwendolyn R. Houston-Jack is a Certified Professional Black woman photographer and family portrait artist who consistently delivers photo session joy. As a lifelong storyteller, her style of photography aligns with her message of family, self-love, inclusion, and defining beauty for oneself. G curates and decorates homes with wall art and heirloom albums and serves Arlington, TX, including the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area and Houston.

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