4 Important Questions To Ask Prior To Booking A DC Family Photographer


September 19, 2023

Are you in the market for a DC family photographer? Hello and welcome to my blog! When it comes to photography, choosing a professional and experienced photographer who is kind and patient with your children is extremely important. After all, your family portraits will be something for your children, grandchildren, and future generations to look back on.

That’s why I have compiled a list of 4 questions to ask before you book a DC family photographer to ensure a great match for your family.

DC family photographer, a wooden crib in a nursery

DC family photographer, safari animal decor in a nursery

How long have you been a DC family photographer?

The longer a photographer has been in business, the more likely it is the photographer is not a hobbyist. While it is very thoughtful to help out a friend, you don’t want to book a photographer who is just starting out, especially when it comes to newborns. Ask about their experience, request to see a sample gallery, and determine whether their style is exactly what you are envisioning. Hire a photographer who is knowledgeable when it comes to lighting and who can handle your precious (fur) babies. As the owner of Stephanie Honikel Photography, I have been photographing newborns and families since 2014.

DC family photographer, a mother nursing her baby on a white rocking chair by the window

DC family photographer, a baby girl nursing in a white rocking chair

DC family photographer, a mother nursing in a white rocking chair with her 2 dogs sitting right beside her

Do you specialize in a specific type of photography?

“You can’t be everything to everyone.” There are so many areas to specialize in, some of which include weddings, newborns, or family photography. Newborn and family photographers ought to have a lot of patience working with children. Wedding photographers ought to be able to manage a stressful, multiple-hour workday. When looking to hire a photographer for your family, check out their work online, read client reviews, and ask questions to make sure they are a great fit. As a Northern Virginia newborn photographer, I love to photograph newborns and families all over the DMV.

DC family photographer, a baby girl laying in her mother's lap while holding on to her fingers

DC family photographer, black and white image of a baby girl's hand wrapped around her mother's finger

black and white image of tiny baby feet in her mother's hands

Do you have a photography studio?

It is important to understand that not every photography studio offers the same things. Traditional studios tend to offer a variety of setups and backdrops, while others focus on a natural and simplistic approach.

Though I absolutely love photographing newborns in the comfort of their own homes, you are welcome at my home studio in Leesburg, VA. It offers ample amounts of natural light, is equipped with white sheer curtains, as well as light hardwood flooring for a truly relaxed and timeless portrait experience. To compliment the simplicity of the studio, I provide a wardrobe for expecting and new mamas. Clothing is also offered to newborns and babies up to 18 months.

DC family photographer, a father leaning on a crib while holding his swaddled baby girl

Do you offer products such as albums and wall art?

If you are interested in tangible heirlooms from your session, an all-inclusive (“shoot and burn”) photographer may not be the best choice for you. As the owner of Stephanie Honikel Photography, I understand the importance of tangible photography for our children. I offer an end-to-end experience that creates value beyond just the photographs. My clients walk away with a collection of memories they can treasure forever. I offer heirloom products such as albums and custom framing. Why is this important? Well, we live in a world where digital images are prevalent, and we often underestimate the value of having a physical product. In the future, those tangible heirlooms will be remembrances for children and generations to come.

DC family photographer, a mother and father leaning on a crib while holding and kissing their swaddled baby girl

DC family photographer, a mother and father holding their swaddled baby girl in the nursery with their 2 dogs sitting right beside them

Conclusion  – 4 important questions to ask before you book a DC Family Photographer 

Finding the right DC family photographer can be a challenge, but asking the right questions can ensure satisfaction for both parties involved. Connect with your potential photographer prior to your photo shoot. If they don’t mesh well with you on the phone, on Zoom, or in person, chances are you and your family will not mesh well with them at your portrait session. If you are still looking for the perfect DC family photographer, I’d love to connect

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  1. I simply love newborn sessions at home. They have a very special meaning especially when dogs are involved 🙂

  2. Karla Vacek says:

    These are great tips of things to consider before booking a newborn photographer and your photos are beautiful!

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