Three Questions to Ask Before Selecting Your Family  Portrait Photographer

Choosing the right photographer to freeze your family’s moments in time requires careful consideration. After all, these portraits will become treasured keepsakes, so it’s crucial to ensure they reflect the essence and beauty of your family. Here are three essential questions to ask before selecting your family portrait photographer:

What is Your Photography Style?

Every photographer has a unique style that sets their work apart. Some may specialize in traditional, posed portraits, while others excel in candid, lifestyle photography. Understanding the photographer’s style is crucial to ensure it aligns with your vision for the portraits. Take the time to review their portfolio to get a sense of their aesthetic and see if it resonates with your preferences. I like a mixture of both – every gallery includes posed photos of everyone smiling at the camera as well as dozens of candid images that reflect my motto – “Happy Looks Good on YOU!”

What Experience Do You Have with Family Portraits?

A skilled family portrait photographer will have techniques for engaging with children, making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera, and capturing genuine interactions between family members. Additionally, experienced photographers will have insights into location selection, wardrobe coordination, session preparation and other factors that contribute to successful family portraits. With over ten years of experience as a professional photographer and seven years as an elementary educator, you can trust that I can handle your spirited children, grumpy teen or reluctant husband 🙂

Can You Provide References or Reviews from Past Clients?

One of the best ways to gauge the quality of a photographer’s work and their professionalism is by hearing from past clients. Ask the photographer for references or look for reviews/testimonials on their website or social media platforms. Reading about other families’ experiences can provide valuable insight into what it’s like to work with the photographer and the level of satisfaction with the final results. Pay attention to feedback regarding communication, reliability, flexibility, and overall satisfaction with the portrait session and finished portraits. Positive reviews from satisfied clients can give you confidence in your decision to hire a particular photographer for your family portraits. I am proud to share that I have built my business on positive reviews and word of mouth. I am so thankful for the wonderful clients that hire me year after year!

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FAQs for Clients

1.) What types of Photography do you offer?


I specialize in candid family, child and high school senior portraits in the Oklahoma City and the Dallas metroplexes. I also photograph events, sports and headshots.


2.) What location will we use?


I am primarily an on-location natural light photographer. I will assist you in determining a beautiful and scenic location for our session.


3.) What time of day do you book sessions?


Session are booked approximately 1.5 -2 hours prior to sunset or within an hour of sunrise.


4.) What do we wear?


I can most definitely help you with that! After ten years of photographing clients, I have learned what photographs well and what doesn't. Upon booking a session with me, I am happy to connect you with some tried and true styling tips. I will also help you with your specific outfit choices.


5.) My kids are WILD. Can you handle it?


Yep! I sure can! Aside from my own "spirited" children, I was an elementary school teacher for seven years. Not even the grumpiest dad or emotional teen scares me :). Just show up ready to have fun + love on your people. I will do the rest!

6.) Do you travel?


I LOVE to travel with clients! I have been across the globe photographing some amazing families. Booking a travel session with me is way more affordable than you think - plus I provide you with much more than just a standard session. Click on my travel portfolio to see images from the beach, Canada, Bali, New York City and more!


7.) How much do you charge?


Photo sessions are $950 plus state sales tax. This includes at least 65+ digital images, each carefully hand edited by Missy.

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