As important as quality and connection are in finding a photographer, you will also want a professional who has a style that resonates with you and your life. Take time to consider the style of images you desire and what your vision is. Do you want classic in-studio portraits or do you prefer on-location with natural light, and if so, where?
It’s key to choose a photographer whose portfolio reflects what you are looking for. Check out photographers’ websites, blogs and social media channels. You should be able to get a feel for whether they maintain a style that appeals to you.
Make sure you really assess what you want your outcome to be for your finished products. Try not to be swayed by “what’s hot” as whatever is trendy today might not stand the test of time for your long-term keepsakes. You don’t want to invest in family portraits that will look dated on your walls and albums in a few years.
Once you have selected a few photographers that you believe meet your desires for quality, connection and style, initiate a conversation with them to discuss planning your session and your goals. You will want them to understand what you are looking for so they can let you know if it’s something they can accomplish.