In today’s photography world there are so many choices. Choices in photographers, choices in types of photography, different editing styles, full-service luxury or DIY digitals with everything in between. The list goes on and on. So how do you choose the right one? Is a documentary photographer right for you, would you rather more of a lifestyle session or maybe a posed portrait session is more your style? OR maybe like 90% of the world you don’t even know there is a difference in all of this! Maybe you don’t care about the label as much as the results!
When you start looking for a photographer the number one best place to start (after you have asked your friends, that neighborhood Facebook group and maybe looked through some Instagram hashtags) is by looking at a photographer’s portfolio. Scan through their website, pour through their latest images on FB and IG. Do their images speak to you? Do they make you feel something? Do you look at them and think, wow I want images like that? Does their editing style match your taste and your vision? Really look at their work and ask yourself if it is something you would hang on your wall! Do you just like their pretty pictures or do they make you feel something inside? Do they create art that you would hang on your walls?
Next thing to ask yourself do they fit in your budget? Remember that cheaper doesn’t always mean better but we all have a budget to work within. For some that might mean saving money for 6 months to have that dream session, asking the photographer if they accept a payment plan (many will!) or looking elsewhere to find someone that fits. Your photographer understands that everyone has financial constraints, talk to them about what your budget really is or if you really want them, wait and see if they offer a sale!
- Do you want heirloom art to hang on your walls or an album to pass along to future generations?
- Maybe you want digital images only to put on your computer or make your own prints
- Maybe you want all of the above?
- Does your photographer blog their sessions so you can share that with friends and family?
- If you only want digitals ask yourself why and what you really plan to do with them
- Do they offer family films as well as photography services?
Knowing these answers will help you narrow down your choices!
Other considerations are does their service match your needs? Are they a full-service provider to help you through each step in the process from a pre-consultation meeting to helping you put prints in your hands or on your walls? Maybe you don’t want that and just need someone who provides you with digital images and let you do the rest of the work.
Now let’s talk about different types of sessions. Posed Portrait traditional sessions, Lifestyle session or Documentary sessions.
These can be in a studio or on a location. They are typically stiffer, everyone is placed in a certain position, told to look at the camera and smile. Clothes generally are coordinated, makeup artists hired, the background is pretty.
These can also be either in a studio or on location, although more typically they are done on location. While everyone is dressed in their coordinated Sunday’s best, the session itself is much more relaxed. There is still a lot of direction usually given by the photographer, but mainly they are gentle cues to elicit warm funny reactions. These often take place in a gorgeous setting, sometimes with props, but not always. They can be more of a hybrid between Traditional and Documentary.
This is all about real life, real moments and very little to no direction. Sessions like this can take place in your home or other places that contain memories for you and your family. They can be centered around a daily activity or just your everyday real life. No special bought coordinating outfits, no cheese, no stand there, do this. These sessions are more about photographing the pieces of your life that matter the most at this point in time (and yes those important moments vary from season to season, that’s what keeps it fun!). Think about a few things happening in your life right now that you would be over the moon to have in a photograph giving you the chance to remember once they no longer happen, that is what these sessions are all about!
Below is a list of local photographers that all belong to the EveryDay Mom’s group. They are moms, friends and post funny meme’s. Scroll through the list, look at everyone’s work and see what style really fits your tastes and needs!
Momma Got Soul Photo and Films
Artistic Storyteller and Documentary Family photographer. Telling your family story through beautiful real-life moments.
Families, Day in the Life, Maternity, newborn and events
Running Circles Photography
Birth and Newborn Photographer
Nicole Marcellus Photography
Families and Weddings
Rather than giving you the same posed portraits you’re so familiar with, I’m more interested in capturing the authentic connection between loved ones.
All aspects of Family Photography from the engagement to the wedding, maternity, birth & newborn, and finally the traditional family photos.
Clara Aluri Photography
Precious Memories by Michelle
Newborn through the first year
Mama and Crew
Focused on capturing life’s candid moments
Sunshine Smiles photography
Lauren McDonald Photography
Sweet Novalee Photography
Capturing candid natural light images
Sweet Plum Photography and Boudoir
Specializing in maternity, birth, family, and boudoir. I love making my clients cry (in a good way!) I find the beauty in you and your family and I capture it.
Birth, Families, and Boudoir
Andrea Dwyer Photography
Beautiful heirloom portraits and a fabulous experience with personalized session styling
Maternity Newborn through the first year
Miranda Love Photography
Maternity, Newborn and children
Sheena Marie Photography
Maternity, newborn, families
Christine Lee Photography
Sessions focused on real emotions, genuine smiles, and honest laughter.
Families and Kids
Natural light photographer. Sessions are held in a home studio or on location.
Families, Children and couples
Kalyn Parrish Photography
Amber Lynn Photography
Anna Faiola Productions
Photography and video production company
Lifestyle, candid photographer
Yanira McCall Photography
Specialize in Family, Women, Children, Senior, and Personal Branding/Headshots style Portraits.
Ali Shryock Photography
Families, Maternity, Newborn
Newborn, maternity and families
Rachel Rayne Photography
Luxury Maternity and Newborn Photography specializing in beach sessions and an
Memories Captured by Kelly
Specialize in beach photography,
Wedding, Lifestyle, and Maternity
Lindsay Bove Photography
Lifestyle, maternity, children and family portraits
Darlene Barlows Photography
I want to document the special moments in your life, whether at your wedding or the birth of your first child, but I also want to be there for the ordinary moments.
Wedding, Families, Headshots
Abbey Saxton Photography
I would love to document your family just as they are!
Families, Day in the Life, Maternity, newborn and weddings
Jennifer Lynne Photography
Dream Portraits by Olaya
Maternity, Newborn and Family
Tee Lynn Photography
Wedding & family photographer
Golden Owl Photography
Child and Family Photographer
Amie Brady Photography
Chelsea Stewart Photography
Maternity, Children, and Families
Allison Ward Photography
Family, Senior, and Head Shots
Jessica Cruz Photography
If traditional imagery and shot lists are your thing, we might not be the best fit. Your love is one of a kind and your photos should reflect that.
Weddings, family, maternity
Digital Myst Photography
Maternity, Newborn and Family
Cherished Moments Photography
Family and Wedding
Nicole Elizabeth Photography & Design
Family, maternity, wedding
Mir Salgado Photography
With a very Elegant, Emblematic and Artistic style
Wedding & Portrait Photographer
J Morgan Images
Family, Portrait, Weddings, and Beauty
Marie Crowne Photography
Children, families, maternity, engagements, and weddings.
Soul Child Photography
Engagement, families and children
Austyn Lee Photography
Make sure when you reach out that you ask lots of questions and tell them you are a fellow EveryDay Moms Member!
The momma behind Momma Got Soul Photo and Films, Tampa Bay Family Photographer. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am an artistic storyteller. I stay up late, try to sleep late, and drink lots of coffee and beer (usually in that order, but not always). I grew up in sunny (which means really hot) central Florida, never go to the beach or Disney, but try to hike in the woods as much as I can. I remember a time when I said I would never photograph people, now that’s all I do. I think it started with wanting to explore the world and capture that to share with people. Now I want to scream to the world that real stuff beats out fake any day of the week!