Not all Portrait photography has to be the same – A guide to booking a portrait photographer by A S Photography Milton Keynes

Over the last 10 years portrait photography studios have been popping up all over the UK. The accessibility of digital photography has created a wave of new photographers and plenty of choice for consumers. The problem is it is really hard to tell the good from the bad and with photography being an art form often no right or wrong really exist and is very much a subjective matter.

So just how do you choose a portrait photographer?

Photographers Style

A photographers style is one of the most subjective conversations you can have. Almost all experienced photographers will have a style and finding a photographer who’s style you truly love is a big part of the booking process. The one thing to remember is not all portrait photography has to be the same. With the above mentioned influx of photographers around the UK over the last decade a standard style seems to have emerged involving bright white backgrounds and very basic lighting setups. This style was created for mass market photography with little or no input needed from the photographer. Many big name studios will take new photographers and give them only a few days training before sending them out into a studio ready for the public. Of course for some this style may be perfect and a handful of photographers can work with this style with great effect however you do have a choice and this “High Key” style does not have to be the go to for a modern portrait photography

A S Photography thrive on a bespoke service. We want each shoot to be individual and the use of creative lighting, textured backdrops and traditional camera craft is how we aim to provide this. Custom props can also be introduced to create sets and poses that are 100% unique showing personalty and individuality in every image.

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Textured backgrounds, natural lighting and good posing. Just some of the things that make up A S Photography’s style

Experience and Qualifications

Portrait photography as a whole is very much ungoverned. This means you can set up a business and provide portrait photography to the public with little experience and no qualifications. Some of the very best photographers around have had no formal training and are solely self taught. That does not mean that qualifications can not give you piece of mind and several organizations exist with an aim to provide training and set a standard code of conduct for photographers to adder to. A S Photography are qualified members of the “Society Of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP)” and “The Baby And Newborn Photographers Association (BANPAS)”. We fully believe in the benefits on these organization which encourage us to be the very best at what we do.

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Child & Baby Safety

The safety of babies and children should always be the top priority. Often photographers will out babies at risk in order to get a great shot. The truth is no image is ever worth risking a child’s safety over. Asking a photographer what safety procedures they take should be a vital part of the booking process especially when props are being used or newborns are being posed. Many of the images you see on the A S Photography website are made using “composite images”, this is when 2 or more images are used to create a pose meaning the baby is safely supported at all times. The BANPAS promotes safe working practices and its main aim is to educate both photographers and parents to the use of basic safety procedures such as composite images.

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An Example of how A S Photography use composite images for baby safty.

Price

We all love a bargain right? For that reason it is tempting for people to search out the cheapest deal when it comes to portrait photography, as with many things however you really do get what you pay for. Running a photography business is expensive. Business overheads are high, equipment expensive and if a photographer is ever going to improve training and qualifications cost money. And while for most photographers it is a labour of love photographers still need to make a living on top.

Some baby shoots can last up to 4 or even 5 hours plus the time spent planning the shoot and editing the images. This investment of time means you get the very best results and can still focus on safe and comfortable working conditions.

By picking the cheapest photographer you are most likely lacking on experience, skill, service or maybe even all of the above. That is not to say you cant find good value however style and experience should always come first. Of course we all have a budget so why not chat with the photographer to find the best value package available. A S Photography offer a fully inclusive package including all images along with the chance to order wall art from the Pay as you go option. This means we can provide images for all reasonable budgets. An average customer spends around £350  with A S Photography and gets allot for the money at that price.

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Personality

If you are going to sit in a studio with someone for 4 or more hours and put trust in them with a child its important you like them. Talk to the photographer, ask lots of questions no matter how silly they may sound and try and get to know them a little. For newborn photography it is always good to book during pregnancy so this gives plenty of time to arrange a meeting before hand to chat over how they work and get to know them a little.

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With so many photographers to choose we hope all the info above can go a little way to helping you find the right one for you. A S Photography are one of the leading baby and newborn portrait studios in  Milton Keynes and have clients visit us from all over the UK. To find out a little ore about our style and how we work please visit the main site at www.as-photography.co.uk or contact us on 01908 315 282 – email info@as-photography.co.uk

 

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