This is a biggie. Most photographers are trying to crank so many sessions through in a day, they only have a short amount of time to photograph each subject. Did you know that the average child photographer spends ONLY 12.5 MINUTES photographing a child?! That’s insane!
Fine children’s photography is like a great meal in a fine restaurant: It CAN’T be rushed. The photographer is like your personal chef, preparing the meal for you. The photographer is going to have to “add all the right spices” into the photograph to make it just right. This takes a bit of patience, and a lot of focus. If your photographer knows that in about 15 minutes the next client is going to show up, you’re not going to get the attention you deserve.
Now, it may not take the whole hour to photograph your child. However, I ALWAYS set aside at least one hour for every child session I book. I’ve done some sessions that only took about 20 minutes or so to get a number of stunning images, but the point is - it’s vital to leave that much time open. Don’t let your photographer rush through this. Remember, these are your memories, and it’s up to you to make sure your photographer realizes his or her responsibility to you and your child.
If I don’t end up being your photographer, make ABSOLUTELY SURE your photographer spends AT LEAST ONE HOUR creating the perfect images for you - this cannot be rushed!