How to Choose a Family Photographer

Choosing a Maryland Family Photographer is No Easy Task!

There are a plethora of Maryland family photographers out there to choose from. But having a fancy camera doesn’t make them a professional and not all photographers are created equal. Choosing a professional photographer for your family portraits doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Use NBP’s 5 P’s for selecting your next family photographer in Maryland: Professional, Personality, Preference, Portfolio, and Price.

Professional – This is not a DIY situation. Your family portraits will be treasured for years to come; make sure your professional photographer is a legitimate business focusing on you and your family. Ask your photographer what kind of equipment they use? How do they protect and backup their images? Are they licensed and insured? These are all important elements of running a professional photography business and you want to make sure your photographer knows what they are doing and are properly protected and prepared for every eventuality.

Personality – It takes a certain “je ne sais quoi” to capture family portraits. It’s the indescribable way you and your family are put at ease during the photoshoot. You’re no longer stressed because a professional photographer will have everyone smiling. Take every opportunity to talk to/meet with your photographer before a session; this will give you an idea of who you will be working with and their personality. You want someone who is suitable for your family’s dynamic; someone fun who will make you feel relaxed in front of the camera even tho we all know you’re not…amIright? 🙂 In the end your photographer should be someone you trust.

Preference – Think about how you want your photos taken. Backdrop, props, themes, outfits? Look for a professional photographer who will work with your preferences. If you are going for a natural look, look for a photographer who specializes in outdoor settings, using natural lighting. Whether it’s winter, summer, spring or fall, you need a photographer who can capture your family’s portraits and make them timeless.

Portfolio – Experience is key when choosing a professional photographer to capture your family portraits. Be sure to ask your photographer for a few referrals and actually call them to get the insight and their level of experience. Ask to see their portfolio; this will give you a good idea of what they are capable of and whether their style matches what you are looking for.

Price – Cost is almost always a key factor in choosing a professional photographer, but remember you get what you pay for. Whether you’re looking for digital files, albums, or both, you want to make sure you select the Maryland photographer best priced with options that suit your needs. Be clear on exactly what you are getting for your buck before you book!


Wanna know what to wear for your photography session? Check out: What to Wear to an Outdoor Portrait Session.

Whether you want to capture your entire family reunion with five generations or make sure your family’s Christmas card is the best on the block, NBP can provide professional photography services for your family portraits and more.

6 Comments on “How to Choose a Family Photographer

  1. Great tips for families here! So many people forget that photography (especially for families!) will be looked back on for years. I cherish the photos from my parents childhood – and so will future generations!

  2. These are great points and a perfect read for anyone looking for a photographer !

  3. What great suggestions and advice on how to choose a family photographer! I especially agree with professionalism and personality 🙂

  4. Preference is everything! It does the family no good to have a natural light photographer if they want studio photos. Great read Tamara!

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