From the most simplistic of view points the role of a family portrait photographer is to create a set of photos that best captures the likeness,mood and personality of each person in the family and their relationship to each other.
When hiring a professional photographer to carry out this task it is important for them to be able to competently manage the following tasks:
1/ Communicate and direct the family members
2/ Choose the correct equipment relative to the environment
6/ Depth of field
7/ Post Processing
8/ Product delivery
All of this comes into play when working as a portrait photographer.
and much more…
Working as a family portrait photographer here in South Gippsland, Melbourne and previously in Canada, I have found that the true, heartfelt work comes from not only incorporating these aspects (which become second nature through experience), but also capturing those in between moments.
Getting to know the true essence of each family, building a relationship with them and documenting who they are both individually and together is the cornerstone of how I run my business.This paves the way to be able to provide them with a continuation of a service that ensures they receive products that will best stand the test of time of these moments together.
To be able to achieve this, it involves taking time to get to know more about my client and their family, what they love to do together as a family, whether they have pets,their favourite foods, colours, sporting or leisure activities.As well as taking time to source lasting quality products.
Most of all, though, understanding what they would like to do with the photos that are created for them.
My goal is to be the photographer that provides a complete service from beginning to end, from getting to know my clients, location scouting, staying informed on weather and important timelines right down to the final print or product that will be part of their family collection to be shared for generations.
The photographer that you choose to hire, the one that really resonates with you as a person, is the one that aligns with your objectives as well. So when you are considering hiring a professional photographer to capture and create photos of your family these following points can be extremely important to consider in addition to the ones above:
1/ The experience in the genre of Family Portraits
2/ The extent of what they offer in terms of service and product
3/ How well they get to know you and your needs
4/ How much they value themselves and the work they do
5/ How much you are willing to invest to work with the right photographer
6/ How they make you feel
It is an honour and a privilege to be able to work with the families that I do. I encourage everyone who is looking to find the right photographer for their family to keep these points in mind, take your time and ask questions.