I wanted to write a post sharing my most recent Studio Newborn Session in Ottawa of this beautiful family. Hanna reached out to me after being on the hunt for quite some time to find a newborn photographer for her gorgeous baby boy. She is a very successful realtor in Ottawa and in fact has been selling houses since she turned 18! How amazing is that? I asked her how she found me and she told me she was scrolling through my instagram feed and saw a post I had written about my sister and realized she went to high school with her and that made the decision for her.
I have to admit I have been very blessed to get a lot of my referrals through family. I come from a family of 9 kids so it is not unusual for my clients to know at least one member of my family. It got me thinking though as to how clients go about picking a photographer. Do you look through hashtags on insta? Do you Google search or do you rely on word of mouth to find a fit for you?
The power of word of mouth is so amazing. That being said, I will say that picking a photographer is such a personal decision. You have to really love their style, not only in how they pose, but also how they edit. My style is much more of the lifestyle approach rather than posed shots. Don’t get me wrong, I do try to make sure we get at least one of those, but my focus is on connection. I want to capture what makes your family unique. I want to capture the bond that you have with your child/children. I want to capture how you all interact. I want to capture your child’s personality, whether they are serious or goofy. I want you to look back at these photos and recognize your children in them, not by the fake smiles they tend to give to the camera.
I recently just went through the process of finding a family photographer for my own family shoot and spent several days looking over portfolios to find a style that aligned with my own. I urge you to do the same so you know exactly the quality and style of photos you will receive.
Please drop me a comment and let me know how you go about finding a photographer; I would love to know.
*Gillian is a Ottawa Newborn Photographer and Ottawa Family Photographer serving Ottawa and just outside of Ottawa. I live in Kanata with my husband and two young daughters who are the light of my life. I am a stay at home mom/mom photographer who specializes in Ottawa Baby Photography and all things Family. I offer both Studio Newborn Photography and well as Lifestyle Newborn Photography in Ottawa. My goal is to capture the unique and beautiful connection of your family so you will have these memories to pass down to your children and grandchildren*