Angie's List: To Hire a Family Photographer or Not

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For Adrienne Miller, a mother of three girls, her daughters are growing up quickly, so Miller hired a profession photographer to capture them at this age.

“I love too how they have pictures together and then interacting and how they hug and how they kiss and even just how they look at each other is sweet, so I’m excited to have that always captured,” Adrienne Miller a consumer.

New technology has made it easier for parents to get pictures professionals used to only be able to capture but sometimes it takes a real pro to get the perfect shot.

“With the advances in cameras there days everyone thinks they can be a photographer, but when it comes to a family photograph, sometimes you do want to invest in a professional photographer. It's not just the camera that matters, it's the lighting, how they arrange the family. Being able to get that special moment, especially with small children, can be a bit of a challenge,” said Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

Aside from the struggles of getting children camera-ready professional photographers know the tricks of the trade and are able to give clients more than just your standard family portrait.

“A lot of people come to me and say I saw on your blog, these smiling pictures or laughing pictures. They're just playing or not necessarily looking at the camera. And that's exactly what they want. They don't want the awkward posing smile say cheese kind of things anymore,” said Photographer Jessica Johnston.

Just remember, that while those candid pictures make beautiful additions to the home, they do not come cheap.

"Having family photos done can run anywhere from a couple of hundred to a thousand dollars. The key here understands how they price and what they are getting. How much a sitting fee is how much it is per sheet of photo that you have done with them?" said Hicks.

If you do decide to hire a family photographer make sure you sign a contract and know all the details including, which will have the rights to the high resolution images.

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