7 Things A Photographer Should Ask YOU

Alright, so we’ve covered what you should ask your photographer, but how about what the photographer should ask you?  You may be 100% certain about what you want, but how do you transfer that vision to your photographer?  Hopefully the questions below will help two fold:

  • They will keep you from being disappointed when you receive your proofs because you’ve discussed style/expectations/concerns beforehand.
  • Will ease your mind that you have chosen the right photographer for you.

1.)  Are there any shots, or sessions, that you’ve seen of ours that really stand out to you?

This is a great question to be asked specially if the photographer you are considering has a broad range of styles displayed in their portfolio.  This will help them hone in on exactly what you are looking for.

2.)  Do you prefer posed shots, candids, or a mixture of the two?

Wildly, drastically important.  Whether you are having an intimate session for you and your fiance, a fun family shoot, or a reception/party shoot, you do not want to the day to have passed and you realize that you have lots of great shots, but no one is looking directly at the camera.  I speak from experience.  If you notice your photographer’s style tends to lean one way or the other and they don’t ask your preference, please make sure to discuss this with them before your shoot.

3.)  Are there any must-have photos?

Since you may have already asked if the photographer will allow you to supply a list of specific photos to be taken, this could be repetitive, but it is a subject that needs to be initiated by one of you.  The Photographer’s job is to do their best to put you over the moon with your session and the final product, and covering the poses/shots you really want is a huge part of that.

4.)  Is there someone I can thank for referring you?

Many Photographers offer referral incentives, but its their job to ask you if you were referred.  Word of mouth is an invaluable marketing resource.  If the photographer doesn’t want to honor the incentive, they shouldn’t have one.  Plus, what kind of message does this send you if they don’t want to reward someone who is sending them business?

5.)  Have you thought about the lighting or time of day you would like to shoot?

Many photographers prefer to shot either early in the morning,  before the midday sun is blazing down on you, or about an hour before sunset.  The indirect light makes the photos softer and avoids dark shadows.  If any time of day if fine with you, great!  But you need to discuss this early on to avoid any scheduling issues.

6.)  Does she ask you questions that illustrate her preparedness?

OK, so this is a repeat from 7 Things You Should Ask a Potential Photographer, but it’s really that important.   A good photographer should have nearly as may questions for you as you have for them.  If they don’t, it may be a sign that they are not totally prepared or that they are not completely stoked about your session.  Either way, you may want to consider moving on.  Having a photo session is exciting!  You deserve someone who is just as excited as you are and who is dedicated to getting shots that will make you happy.

Think a question is missing?  List it in the Comments section and if there is a story to go along with it, do tell!!

Happy 2nd Birthday Andrew!

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Last weekend, we celebrated one of the most adorable little guys I know, Andrew Regan.  The party was a huge success, which is no surprise since Andrew’s Mommy is Martha Stewart made over.  The food was awesome, the weather perfect, and the company amazing.  A seriously good time was had by all.  Here are a few shots from the day.  

I would love to hear what you think!

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The decorations were awesome and the cake was amazing!!

I loved this moment … “Give me that cake Mom!”

Toni using the awesome props supplied at the Photo Booth.

What an adorable smile!

Andrew with Grandma

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Thanks for checking out my blog!  As always, more photos will be available on Facebook on Thursday.  

Like what you see?  Contact me to schedule your session today.  

The Hoey’s ~ Maternity Shoot

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My good friend from book club, Stephanie is expecting her first child and asked me to take her maternity photos.  I loved working with her and her husband Bryan!  The Hoey’s are a super fun, go with the flow, couple that were even up for shooting in the rain.  Bryan and Stephanie will be welcoming their bundle of joy in late July.  So excited for them!

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I love that they wanted to incorporate their dog Maggie into the shoot!  

Isn’t she the cutest pregger!

Beautiful! 

Adorable baby belly!

Would love to hear your feedback on the pics!  More photos will be uploaded to Facebook on Thursday. 

Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

A Senior Moment ~ Miranda Garmon

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I recently had the honor to work with the beautiful Miranda Garmon who is a Senior at Carrollton High School this year.  I have known her sweet family for years and was truly thrilled to be able to work with her on her senior photos.  They turned out AMAZING!  This shoot is one of my favorite shoots so far and hopefully you can see why.  This girl totally rocked it!

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I LOVE THIS ONE!!

This one is great in color too, but I loved the way it pops in black and white. 

Look at those eyes!!

These muted colors really give the photo a whole different feel.

Beautiful!

I’m seriously in love with these. Miranda is a wonderful young lady and I wish her all the best next year as a Freshman in College!

Check the Facebook page on Thursday for more pictures from this awesome session. 

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Georgian Terrace Hotel

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I am a member of a the Atlanta Photo Workshops Meet-Up group.  If you’re not familiar with Meet-Up, www.meetup.com, it’s a site that hosts groups with all different interests from languages, books, and outdoor activities, to networking, dog lovers, and foodies, and helps them organize events.  You can pretty much find anything you may be interested in and my experience with it has been great.  I originally joined to find a book club, but eventually branched out and found several photography groups in the Metro area and it’s how I found the photography classes I wound up taking.

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The APW Meet-Up group allows you as a photographer to gain access to places you otherwise may not be allowed to shoot.  Last week the group met at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel.  The Georgian Terrace boasts past guests such as Presidents Coolidge and Harding, celebrities Arthur Murry, Enrico Caruso, and both Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh during the Gone with the Wind premiere.  It is a beautiful building that was fun to photograph.

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I hope you enjoy my images!

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My favorite shot from the day.  I just love how this turned out!

A window, into a window, into a window.

Stairway in the Livingston

I love the detail of the brick work here.

All feedback is apprecaited!  Thanks for reading!

~Abbey

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