Family Photographer in Bloomington, IL

Family Photo Sessions and Portraits

Those looking for a family photographer in Bloomington, IL, you’ve come to the right place. My home and my heart are here, and I can’t wait to work with you.

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Below, I’ve put together some things you should consider before making your selection.

Much of the criteria for selecting a family photographer overlaps with what you need to look for in other sectors of photography: solid portfolio, good recommendations, services offered, style, and customer service.

When looking for a family photographer in Bloomington, IL, you shouldn’t even consider selecting one until you’re satisfied with their portfolio. A photographer’s portfolio showcases their best work, the work they’re most proud of, so if you’re not satisfied with their best, they probably aren’t the one for you.

Reviews and customer service are also key. What others say about a photographer can tell you a lot. What the photographer says to you may be most important - are they friendly, excited to work with you, and flexible?

You want a photographer whose style fits yours. If their style doesn’t fit what you’ve got in mind for a final product, maybe they’re not the proper fit. Try making sure you can find someone who has the style and know-how for what the final product you want.


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With that said, there are some nuances specific to family photography you should keep in mind:

In family photography, it’s especially important to avoid boring, straight-line groupings. Dynamic shapes make for more attractive, appealing photos - in other words, you want to avoid lines, rows, or columns of heads.

Shooting family photos also brings its own challenges in regards to poses. People tend to stand stiff and rigid, so it’s up to you to help them look natural. You may need to say just the right thing to loosen the family members up, and you also may need to work around any perceived “flaws” a member won’t have.

This may sound crazy, even dangerous, but to some extent, a family photographer has to let kids be kids. This is something I enjoy, as it lets me channel my inner kid for a little while. When photo shoots become too serious, kids may be disappointed, scared, or unwilling to smile. Give them some freedom, tell a story, and don’t take yourself so seriously.

You may also want a photographer willing to break the mold a little bit to give your family some stunning and unique prints. Maybe they’re willing to try some unique poses, backlighting, and groupings. While there’s a bit of risk inherent in this, you may also walk away with a one-of-a-kind photo.

Hopefully, having read this, you feel a little bit better about making your decision. I encourage you to take a look at my portfolio. I can’t wait to work with you and your family, so visit my "Get In Touch" page and we'll get started. 

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