This is the fun bit, you’ve already weeded out anyone who doesn’t meet your safety criteria and anyone who doesn’t deliver what you need, how you need it. Now you get to make sure that you’re going to love the look of your finished images.
Use your desired wish list to help you with this last section. If you’ve decided you’d love some finished artwork to display on your walls (for example), think about where in your home.
Formal spaces vs casual ones
You may have a chilled out snug/family room and also a more formal living room. The style of furniture may be different and the décor might be too. The space that you choose will probably dictate the style of artwork you choose.
Lend themselves to unframed canvas’ or wood prints. Maybe an acrylic or metal depending on the style of your home.
More often require more formal artwork, framed fine art prints or even a framed canvas.
These are not hard and fast rules, but starting to think about what and where will help you choose the photographer who’s right for your style. If they don’t offer the products that you need, then they may not be a good fit.
If they have the products you need, thinking again about the style of your home and the way you live your life, does the photographers work reflect this?
Like everything else in life, not all things are created equal and just because a professional photographer is selling it to you does not guarantee that they are using professional grade products. Even if they are, they’re not all as good as each other.
Ask the tough questions…
“How did you select the lab you use?”
I’d tell you that they are specialists with outstanding attention to detail and after trialling lots, their quality by far surpasses the others I tried. I’ll be able to explain why their products are different to other ‘professional’ labs (just like anything, they are not all created equal!) and give you examples to see for yourself.
You could also ask “are they archival?” or “how long are they guaranteed to last?”
My canvas’ and prints are archival and are rated to last at least 75 years before fading, cracking, splitting or discolouring. Cheaper labs don’t use these products and as a result the artwork you are investing in may not last for your grandchildren to enjoy after all. Doing your homework will prevent you from making an expensive assumption and being disappointed.
If you have a love of neutrals and their work is a symphony of bright and vibrant colours (or vice versa), will this fit in your home and will you love it?
Most photographers hone a very specific style over the years and are chosen for that specific style. I always check with potential clients that they know what mine is and check that they like it. This is not an occasion to hope for the best or show a picture of what you like and hope it’ll turn out OK. There are hundreds of newborn photographers in Bristol, you don’t need to compromise, there will be the perfect match for you and now that you’ve completed this mini series, you’ll know just how to find them!