Are We A Good Fit? | Family Photographer in Boston

June 13, 2022

Once you narrow down a few photographers whose style you like, including mine, you decide to reach out! Deciding you want to work with me is not as easy as my price fitting your budget and having our logistics line up. Since I only take a handful of family sessions each year and photography is only my part time job, I want to make sure we are a good fit so the experience is awesome for both of us! Before you book me, I’d love for you to read this post and decide if I’m the person to document your family. The family featured in this post is one I've worked with every year since 2016!

So what do I think would make us a good fit? Here are seven key things to consider in lining up expectations: 

1. You want a more candid/creative style vs. traditional portraits. I do not do school or studio type photos where everyone is sitting politely and smiling straight into the camera. Sure, I can try to get a few of these shots if everyone is on board, but if not, you would be happy with images of your whole family laughing or in motion! One of my favorite things about lifestyle photography and one reason I continue to do it is to indulge my more artistic side. I appreciate images that reflect a more authentic "true to life" approach. I also love capturing all those spontaneous moments that may not make it on your wall frames but you love to look at nonetheless. 

2. You are a flexible and laidback person. Though what you want is very important to me and I do my best to capture your requested shots, I also expect you to be open minded with however your session unfolds. I want you to choose me because you trust and love my work and would be happy to get whatever authentic moments come out of the hour. If you feel you are extremely particular in your vision or tend to have a lot of requests, we may not be the best fit. Also, if you're a fall session and we get a rain date, I expect clients to work with me in being as flexible as possible in finding another date or even moving the session to a sunrise session given fall is my busiest season and Boston has gotten a lotta rain recently!

3. You aren’t afraid to get active! Family sessions come with a lot of playing and exploring. This might mean a willingness to sit in a field of tall grass, get some mud on your shoes as we walk through some unexpected terrain, or jump in a puddle if one happens to be in front of us! I of course do not expect you to get totally muddy or wet, but a few sprinkles of mud and water never hurt anyone if it's something your kids really want to do! 

4. Your outfit style is more casual than formal. Since most of my sessions are outdoors and lifestyle in approach, clothing that allows for running, playing, and general motion is a lot better than outfits that make it hard to do these things, such as formal dresses, heels, or suits. 

5. You care more about connecting with your kids/partner and want your photos to reflect these moments. This one is VERY important. If you feel you’re more focused on making sure your kids do not misbehave or follow directions than you are with playing or engaging them, we may not be the best fit. Most families who choose to work with me want images where they can say "this is totally us." 

 6. You are kind and see our relationship as a collaborative one vs. just a business transaction. Given I only take 40-45 sessions per year, I want to work with folks where there is mutual care and a desire to work collaboratively vs. one where I'm just providing a service. In essence, I hope to form a positive relationship with you and your family and prefer clients see me as a person first in addition to their photographer!

7. You communicate well. Since I do photography on the side and have another full time job, I hope to work with clients who are able to submit forms/payments on time without multiple reminders and who communicate clearly and in a timely manner. 

Boston is full of amazing, talented, and incredible photographers. It’s important to take your time and find a photographer whose style, package, philosophy, and personality match your needs. I might be that person, or I may not be. I’ve found that once you find a good fit, your relationship with your photographer can last long after your kids are out of the house!

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