8 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Family Portrait Photographer

What are the most important moments of your life? For most, it’s rarely a big promotion or a sports championship season. Instead, it’s quality family time that is most often cherished.

Nothing captures these moments better than family photos. If you’re looking for a photographer to capture those memories, make sure you ask prospective photographers these eight questions.

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1. Can I see some of your recent work?

This is the most common question asked, and for good reason. But how do you distinguish between an amateur and a professional photographer? An amateur may be able to take a few great shots every now and then, but professionals know how to consistently create great results. Ask to view an entire session’s images or a compilation from different sessions to get a sense of depth of the photographer’s work. Based on what you see, if there’s only one or two shots you’d consider framing, then you’re probably not dealing with the right photographer for your family.

2. Are you a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) photographer?

You want to work with the best, and PPA photographers do more than just snap pictures. They have the technical expertise and artistry to get that one shot – that one look – that captures your family’s unique personality. PPA photographers also abide by a strict code of ethics and work constantly to create beautiful images that will meet your expectations. Watch this video to see how PPA photographers make a difference in capturing families’ unique personalities.

3. Do you specialize in any one type of photography? What’s your photographic style?

Photojournalism Artistic Photographers often specialize in one genre over another. If they mention solely working with family portraits, then you can rest assured that their passions are aligned with your needs. You may also want to ask why they chose that particular area to better understand if/how they will be able to connect with your family. A photographer’s style is reflected in their portfolio, so asking them to produce a radically different style is a recipe for disaster. You’re counting on their knowledge of composition, lighting, posing and more to create images that fit your vision.

Formal Fashion Connie started Reflections by Rohne in 1993 because she wanted to tell visual love stories about people’s relationships because telling their story reveals their values. Still today, whether we photograph a family, a wedding, or even a business or corporate event, we create images to hold, display, and look at, to inspire you to protect and nurture the great relationships and what is good in your life and strive to make it even better. That's why Reflections by Rohne exists. Click here to learn more about our photographic style.

4. What does your fee include?

You’ll want to understand what you’re getting for your money: how much time, how many images, album types, the format for delivering proofs, what’s included in your package, etc. Pros will always include these details and more in your contract. PPA photographers’ code of ethics should also give you peace of mind, (and we have a 100% LOVE IT guarantee) but always, always read the contract (which we go over together) and don’t be afraid to ask questions about it.  Also, ask about a Referral Reward Program. Check out ours

5. How should I prepare my family before the session?

Tips to get the Wedding Photos you want.Tips to get the Wedding Photos you want.Tips that Reflections by Rohne has learned to help you in your wedding planning and making your wedding perfect. Pros will give you tips so your family can feel comfortable and have fun while being photographed. They might even ask for things you would not have thought. PPA photographers will also be able to answer questions such as: What colors and styles of clothing are best to wear? Should you bring a change of clothes? How do you handle a fussy child or plan for nap times? Trust them: they have their timing down and know what works.

6. What information can I find you online?

Our website is a great place to view our portfolios, read client testimonials and get a better sense of our personality. Of course, like a resume, websites often put “their best foot forward,” but a good way to find out if you can trust a photographer is through past clients. Read customer reviews, as these can be very telling. 

7. Can you take a picture like this one?

6 Years Later Engagement Photo Find pictures similar to ones you would like to display on your mantel and show them to the photographer. This will help them understand the style and genre you want, and they will be able to determine if you are a good match. Real pros will always refer you to someone they feel will better accomplish your vision if they are not the right fit. PPA photographers should be able to explain why and how they can or cannot create the same effects. So go ahead and ask if they are capable of taking the same kind of picture; do not settle for a simple “yes”.

8. How will I obtain my photos and when can I expect them?

We prefer to preview deliver your photos in person, however, if you live out of town we have a reliable system for previewing and delivering photos to you in a timely manner. This may include a private, online gallery where you can view and choose your photos. We have several options to accommodate your needs – so we'll discuss this upfront to avoid any false expectations!