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  • Writer's pictureGwendolyn Houston Jack

5 Questions to Ask a Potential Family Photographer

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, take time to ask any potentials 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?

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 out. Ask about their experience and look at some of their past work to determine if their images are consistent and if their style would be a good fit for your family. You want a photographer who knows what they’re doing, has a high level of communication and can handle any type of lighting situation—or any 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, and 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 coming back again and again, 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 shoot, if necessary. Also, ask what’s the policy if she/he/they are unable to 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 that may require some poses outside of 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 who’s 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 you can and be open about what you want for your images.

At G Photography, 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.

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