Top tips to consider when searching for a Great Portrait Photographer!

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Are you looking for a Great Portrait Photographer?

There are lots of things to consider when you’re searching for a great portrait photographer in your local area. So to get you started here are just a few simple tips that you may find useful!

Let me know if you find this useful!

Google Maps

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/

Use Google maps to see what portrait photographers are based, or cover your local area. It’s a great way to see what other people have said about them in their client reviews, with links to their websites, opening hours and contact details too.

Use search terms that are within your area, (e.g. borough, local town, etc.) . For example “Bexley Portrait Photographers“, “Welling Portrait Photographers” or “Great Portrait Photographer Welling

If you already have a shortlist of photographers, you can also just enter their business name (not the website URL) into google.com or https://www.google.co.uk/maps  to see their ‘google business page profile‘ and references too.

It’s useful to remember testimonials left on independent sites such as google are written direct by the clients; and therefore considered genuine, rather than reviews just written on the photographers website. Check how far back the reviews go too; a photographer that has been in business for a longer period of time can give you an idea how trusted and successful they are.

Check other local listing sites too

Not all the best portrait photographers are listed on google maps. There are lots of other listing sites with independent reviews and links to their websites. For example Yell.com Bexley.org.uk Netmums.com

Ask your friends

If you know a friend or family member that’s had a recent portraiture session, ask them about their experience.

If they have beautiful photographs that appeal to your tastes and style and they also say how much they enjoyed their session; follow up by checking their website and getting in contact

Don’t forget to let the photographer know who recommended them! – Many good photographers will offer incentives for referrals; both to you (as a new client) and the referrer – your friend who recommended them!

Ask for recommendations on facebook and other social media websites.

Be careful though!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for advice on facebook, however it’s very easy to become overwhelmed with the number of responses from people recommending photographers. As well as less experienced photographers bidding for your attention too.

The danger is that the more established photographers are going to be ‘lost’ in the mix and you end up being disappointed or find it difficult to sort through so many.

Create a shortlist of the ones that jump out at you and then research them yourself.

Do they have a website or just a facebook page? is their email address generic? For example does it end @gmail.com or @live.co.uk or does it have an established ‘business address’ like @grahambakerphotography.com

Research the internet and social media

As well as checking local listings and google look out for relevant blogs on portrait photography. What are the current trends? Search social media using #Hashtags that are relevant to your needs. For example #bexleyportraitphotographer #kentportraitphotographer . This is also a great way to look for inspiration.

Don’t be swayed on price alone

Do their fees appear reasonable for the level of service you would expect of a great portrait photographer? Do you think that a cheaper photographer can provide the same quality and experience?

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for; so beware of packages that seem too attractive. The expression “an offer too good to be true is usually right”

Digital photography has enabled just about anyone to become a photographer. The market is saturated with amateur, low priced and even dubious photographers offering cheap packages;  and more often than not, this ends up with the client being dissatisfied with the service and the resulting photographs.

Ask yourself “what are your memories worth to you?

Can’t decide on your shortlist?

So you’ve used some of the advice above and you’ve narrowed it down to just a handful; and now you need to choose.

Write down what’s important to you. What are the pros and cons of each photographer? Do they have a studio? Do they provide location session? Can they do both? Do they have plenty of information about the session? Are they upfront and clear on their prices? Are they insured? Are they affiliated,  or qualified with any professional trade bodies? For example The Guild of Photographers or The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers.

Instinct

Do you value beautiful photography and memories? Then before you decide on a your photographer from the shortlist, get in contact with them and ask to meet or have chat on the phone or via a video link.

You will need to feel confident in their abilities as well as feeling relaxed with their personalities. So by speaking either on the phone or face to face is going to give you that ‘feeling’ that they are the right photographer for you.

Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions! An assured and experienced photographer will welcome them!

If you have any further questions or need any advice, please get in contact and we’ll try to assist you in any way we can.

WHAT YOU SAY…

“Such amazing photos!!

Graham took photos to celebrate our baby boy’s first birthday – a mixture of family ones of the three of us together, baby on his own and baby doing a cake smash which was just fab!! Graham provides such a different take on family photos from the usual shots you always see around and it has given something very personal to us. I would highly recommend Graham.”

“If you are looking for a photographer to take beautiful shots of your children, then Graham’s your man! He captured beautiful shots of our children in his studio and in Oxleas woods too. My children felt at ease with him and I found him to be easy to talk to; and I pre warned him that my son may not play ball, but thankfully Graham took him under his wing and made him feel comfortable. We were lucky to find a great family portrait photographer so close to our home in Bexley borough. He is very talented and would definitely use him in the future. Highly recommend!”

“Graham worked with our family to produce a frankly stunning selection of photographs. Not only did he manage to get the best shots out of everyone, he also managed to capture the personality of each family member as well as the overall family dynamic. Considering most of the family previously considered themselves non-photogenic, this was no mean feat! He showed great depth of knowledge, considerable skill, and a very easy going style. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any personal photography needs, and I am looking forward to working with him on commercial photographs in the future”

“I have had both a kids only outdoor photo shoot taken by Graham and an indoor one with my son and I, and I can strongly recommend him for both. He is extremely patient and listens to what you want, producing amazing photographs of scenes I didn’t even see myself. Graham is very professional and doesn’t try to act like the goofy clown (as some other photographers I have been to do), the photographs as a result are photographs to cherish where the kids look relaxed and happy. I also requested some editing to colours be carried out, Graham did this for me and produced several examples in very quick time indeed. You wont be dissappointed…”

“Graham is an amazing photographer, he immediately put us at ease, and went above and beyond our expectations. Graham is also amazing with babies and extremely patient, he tailored the session to our personalities which was exactly what we wanted. Our photographs are absolutely amazing and worth every penny, will be looking forward to booking another session in the future and couldn’t recommend graham enough.”

“So impressed with the service from graham baker truly deserves a 5 star rating! Such a talented portrait and fine art photographer who truly captures some fantastic images creating a natural lifestyle feel to his photographs. Graham photographed our wedding in 2015, producing some amazing shots, we were so pleased with the results we have since returned for a maternity Bare the bump shoot as well as our new born baby shoot!! Very friendly and professional able to make you feel relaxed and comfortable In Front of the camera! Based in welling/Bexley area with a great onsite studio space. Highly recommend and will be back for all our photography needs!”

“Truly a wonderful experience having Graham, such a professional photographer, come to our home and work exceptionally hard to capture amazing photos of our baby boy. As I had moved from south east London to Kent I was very pleased he could accommodate us and still come to our family home for the shoot. I’ve seen the sneak peak and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the personal shots I know will have the same stunning style. Thanks so much for capturing my son’s 6 month birthday for us to remember forever xxx”

“Graham came and did a photo shoot yesterday for me my partner and our 6 month old bundle of joy in our home in Kent. Having just seen the photos I can say he has done a wonderful job, capturing our son’s character and our sense of loving family in his shot. Graham was a true professional allowing our son to play, sleep and rest when he needed to, not forcing him to do any poses or positions he didn’t want but capturing the moments we see everyday but in a way I have never seen before. I’ve just looked at his wedding photos and they are truly amazing, we will certainly be asking him back for our wedding”

“Graham was a brilliant photographer and was great with Freya. To begin with she wasn’t very happy with having her photos taken but Graham was great with her and managed to entertain her which ended up us getting some brilliant and beautiful photos. Would definitely recommend Graham and cannot wait to have our next session with him. Genuinely really lovely guy.”

Laura Conlon

“Have recently had a maternity shoot (bare the bump) with Graham Baker photography at his purpose built studio in welling/bexley area and was very impressed with how friendly he was and how comfortable he made me feel throughout the shoot! Very professional and trustworthy and the images were stunning! We love the portrait / lifestyle feel to the images that Graham produced and have since returned with our beautiful baby girl for a baby new born shoot! We are very excited to see the results and will be back to capture more key milestones in our daughters life! We wouldn’t dream of booking with anyone else! Would highly recommend.”

“Graham is an excellent photographer, we visited him recently for some children’s fine art styled portraits. We were very pleased with the results, highly recommend!”

“We found Graham through Google. He was prompt to respond to emails and flexible with the services on offer, to accommodate what we were looking for. We are very happy with the quality of the photos, as well as the service that we received. Payment was quick and easy. We would definitely recommend Graham to our friends.”

I chose Graham after looking at his gallery, his work looks very professional but still natural. He made us feel really comfortable and put us at ease. It’s a lovely local studio and he didn’t make us feel rushed even when the little one wasn’t cooperating, he was really patient with our baby. He made us feel very safe and relaxed and the photographs really show that, I’m so happy with them. I can’t wait to see what my wedding photos turn out like. I now know we are in safe hands and he is worth every penny.

“Graham took beautiful pictures of my two children he captured them looking very natural, happy and content. The atmosphere was relaxed at his studio and the children were happy to have there photos taken which is shown in the lovely pictures. We throughly enjoyed our morning with Graham and would recommend him to our friends and family.”

Melanie (from Welling, Kent)

“Graham is a trustworthy, dependable photographer who listened to what I needed & delivered exceptional quality. He really helped us relax into the session & was able to put us at ease, producing some wonderful photos which are worth every penny. Graham has been there to capture all of our major life events so far from our wedding to the first year of our children’s lives & family photo shoots. It is fantastic to be able to return to Graham each time & this is only possible due to his skill & ability to adapt to different situations from controlling a wedding crowd to his patients with children. Each time he has provided us with what we wanted. We would thoroughly recommend Graham’s services. He provides a truly personalised experience.”

Leigh & Chris Wright

“From the moment myself & my partner arrived at the studio with our new born baby boy, Graham was very welcoming and understood exactly what kind of pictures we wanted. He understood our circumstances as we both were not used to being infront of a camera but put us both at ease and helped us relax into the session. He made sure that the studio was at adequate temperature for our baby who was the star of the show and was very good at calming him down by using some old tricks that he previously used on his family when they were that age. I felt assured that Graham knew what he was doing and acted professional throughout the entire session. He politely offered us drinks and made sure we took any breaks if needed to, worked at our pace and did not rush the session at all. Our photographs came out incredible and we were really shocked at the quality and hard work Graham put into each photograph. Graham really did provide a personalised experience which we will always remember and we look forward to working with him in the future. I cannot recommend Graham Baker Photography enough and the photo shoot was worth every penny.”

“Absolutely outstanding. Graham took photos of our little Ella at two weeks and the results have been brilliant. Graham was so professional, friendly, and great with Ella. He managed to keep Ella at ease throughout and even gave us a couple of tips to help with the sleepless nights. We could not be any happier with the service and photos that we received. Would not hesitate in recommending Graham to take photos of your newborn and we look forward to returning to Graham throughout the years for him to catch moments of Ella growing up. “

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