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What to Look for When Hiring a Family Photographer

Updated: May 14, 2020

Advice to help you narrow down which family photographer is a good fit for you!

Family is a precious gift, and capturing those wonderful milestone moments in your life can help you to relive happy memories for years to come. Photographers and family photography can be a bit like Cinderella; the shoe doesn’t always fit. There are countless photographers to choose from, especially in large cities like Dubai, but we know just how much your family means to you, and how important it is to capture the spirit of each family member.


Experience is a particularly helpful tool when searching for a top photographer, especially when considering studio family photography, or an outdoor photoshoot. You want someone who can work with either static poses, or capture natural, joyful, outdoor movement.

mother and father with their baby during a family photoshoot in our Dubai studio


Stylistic Similarities

Instagram and other social platforms offer you the chance to see countless styles of photography, and the way many other families have captured their smiles and growth through the years. When looking to choose a photographer for family portraits, look through their current work, and select a few pieces which resonate with you. Sharing these with the photographer can provide keen insight into what you’d like to see hanging on your wall in years to come.

Two bothers cuddling during an outdoor photoshoot in Dubai


A Fresh Perspective

There are countless photoshoots in tired locations; when you see a photo offering a fresh take on an old favorite, take note. There are so many photographers and artists who are looking to try new things and need families to be open to experimentation. A new perspective and a desire for creative collaboration can bring your family photos to the next level.

Two sisters posing during a outdoor family photoshoot in Dubai



The quality of the photographs on their website will tell you a lot about the photographer and their team. When reviewing potential videographers and photographers in Dubai, do take time to look closely at their photographs and notice the fine details. A high-quality professional photographer will care about all this. Even with no knowledge of photography yourself, you will probably be able to distinguish the difference between a highly-skilled professional photographer and someone who is just starting out when their work is compared.

A couple beach shoot at the secret beach in Dubai


Customer service and experience

The professionalism that the photography website conveys, and how they handle your initial inquiry should give you an indication of the caliber of the photography team that you’re considering. A quality photography studio in Dubai will strive to offer an excellent experience. Right from the initial contact with the studio, whether it's over the phone or online, you’ll be able to gauge what it may be like to work with them.

A father and son posing together during a family photoshoot session in Dubai


Photos of Real Families

Be wary of photos that don’t look real. A photographer can start with stock photography on a website, but it’s not hard to tell which photos were taken by a team, and which were sourced elsewhere. A photographer’s portfolio should showcase the wonderful range of clients they have worked with, and offer new ways of expressing each family’s character and charm.

A family photoshoot session on the outskirts of the country side



Reviews are an important piece of deciding which photographer to go with. Be mindful of each review offered, choosing to draw a general theme from what was offered. Is your photographer known for capturing light beautifully, and helping to generate genuine smiles? Do they excel in detailed studio environments, helping to make your photos reflect light and joy, even while stationary? This is also a worthwhile consideration if you’re working with young children or pets. Knowledge, experience, and reviews can help you decide if a photographer will be a good fit for you.

Family photos offer the chance to perfectly capture a moment in time. Perhaps it’s someone’s growth spurt, or maybe it’s a new addition to the family. Regardless of the event- big, small, or nonexistent, you’ll never regret having those memories to reflect upon later. Family photographers might be in an abundance, but your family deserves an artistic eye and creative spirit, and we know just the photographer you’re looking for.



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