A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Mason of Stephanie Mason Photography for our spring family photos.  I have to admit, I have a bit of an obsession with photographing my children.

This was our first time working with Stephanie and our expectations were exceeded.  She was professional, courteous and knew how to command the situation while making us comfortable at the same time.  The results were absolutely beautiful!  I can’t wait to get some of the shots (possibly all) into frames around the house.

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If you have the opportunity to use a professional photographer to capture your family, or even just your kids, I highly recommend it.  You’d be surprised, it’s not as expensive as you’d think.

Here are some tips for finding the right photographer:

  • Join local Facebook groups.  A large number of photographers advertise their services via social media.  I found Stephanie through a post she added to a neighbourhood moms group.
  • Follow potential photographers on social media.  This enables you to get a sense of the type of work they do and their photographic style.  You might find a photographer online who’s offering a great package but if you don’t like the style of their work you’re not going to be happy working with them.  As soon as I started following Stephanie on Facebook I knew we’d be in good hands.  I not only love the aesthetics of her photos but I like the fact that she seems very active in the online photographic community.  Being a bit of a social media nut, I love seeing other people spread their talents in a positive way online.
  • What type of sessions do they offer?  Many photographers offer marathon sessions where clients are booked back-to-back in 15-30 minute session blocks and a limited amount of pictures are provided for the given price.  These shoots are great value wise, but if you’re child takes time to warm up to new situations this type of shoot may not work best for you.  In that case, you’d likely need an individual family shoot that is longer in length.  The benefit of this kind of shoot is that you’ll get more pictures and there may also be opportunity for things like outfit swaps.
  • Does it fit within your budget?  This ties into the point above.  I love the marathon sessions because they’re affordable.  I don’t mind being limited to a certain number of digital files.  In reality there may only be a couple that you may want to display or share with family members anyway.

I love looking back at all the pictures we’ve had done along the way.  Even though the girls are still small, it’s so amazing to see how much they’ve changed in a relatively short period of time.

Stay tuned for follow-up posts to this “Capturing Memories” series.

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Mason Photography