Custom photography is on the rise. Fewer people are
heading into studios and instead are booking photographers to come
to their home or on location. And that is awesome! I'm a big fan of
real moments that captures the "essence" of someone's
This type of photography is also a bit more of an
investment, so it helps to be as prepared as possible!
a photographer in your
area. Many charge travel fees so it can help to find
someone local and keep some extra dollars in your
Ask friends and family for recommendations. Search
well-known photography organizations like WPPI or PPA. It is likely
that someone affiliated with one of these organizations knows what
they are doing!
their portfolio. Check
out their website, blog and social media business pages. Many
photographers blog full sessions so you can see their work from the
beginning to the end! It can be a red flag when they only showcase
the best of the best in their portfolio.
photographer. Do you want a particular theme? Have a color
scheme in mind? Mention these ideas to your photographer and they
might be able to pitch in some ideas too! Use pinterest as
inspiration and put a creative spin on an idea that catches your
your location. If you
are planning to have the session at home think about which room
gets the best light and at what time of day? Communicate this with
your photographer and the results will be great!
Planning to shoot on location? Consider booking a weekday
or at a time where crowds are minimal. Think about parking as well
as traffic. Nobody likes to wait around and not being on time can
have a negative impact on the natural light for your session.
Another thought to consider is if the location requires a permit to
shoot. Most public places are game but if you are trying to plan a
session with a large group of people it might help to have one
handy to avoid getting hassled by law enforcement.
extra clothes! Babies
puke, children get muddy and Chicago weather can change in a matter
of minutes! It never hurts to be too prepared.
what comes with your session
fee. Some photographers charge a session fee and that only
includes their time/talent, while others may include prints or the
ever popular digital file. Check and see what packages they have
and if they are discounted with a session. Is there an additional
travel fee? How about a fee for extra family members? What is their
cancellation/bad weather policy?
Justina is a twenty-something, professionally trained toddler wrangler and photographer. Feel free to follow along as she shares photo-blogs of their adventures in Chicagoland and tips to take better pictures of your own children. *All images are copyright of Justina Olenick*
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