I love getting out and meeting new people, but when I tell them I am a photographer they always ask if I shoot weddings. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a wedding photographer, (in fact, I know a lot of amazing ones here in Louisville so if you would like a referral I’m your girl.) And I have shot some weddings and even still assist in shooting weddings now, but I am not a wedding photographer. The truth is if you want your wedding photographer to capture truly amazing pieces of art, you need to hire someone who specializing in that type of photography: someone who can catch the sparkle in your dress and icing flourishes in your cake, someone who know exactly which direction to stand to be there at the precise moment your father tears up, who can command a bridal party of 18 but unobtrusive during the first few stolen moments with your new spouse. It is a truly nuanced job.
As nuanced a job as wedding photography is, I feel about family and children’s portraits can be a little tougher. Missed naps can create meltdowns. Stranger anxiety can make getting smiles hard. Lots of energy and excitement can make a child run non stop for an hour. It takes a person who can engage with your children on their level, who can be patient through a meltdown, who isn’t afraid to make animal noises in public places for a laugh, someone who knows the most flattering poses to make your family look their best. I have more than five years learning how to get the best images from your children and your family. The pre-consultation is the time that we can get to know each other and I can learn specifics things about your kids that will help me bond with them so I can get the best images possible. And I will be very patient with your child so they can feel comfortable with me.
So the next time you are looking for a photographer for your child’s milestone or yearly family portraits, look for someone who specializes in children and family photography. It can truly make a difference in your children’s portraits. And I can promise that you will LOVE portraits from Merri Jack Photography!