What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Compare and contrast photographers' web sites where their best work resides. Styles are distinct. Make sure you love his/her work.
Understand the photographer's range of pricing to know that his/her products and work fit within your budget.
Speak directly with the photographer live on the phone or in person before you book him/her. If you hit it off on the phone, chances are you're going to have a great session.
Make sure you let the photographer know what you're looking for in terms of the session and products. Not all photographers offer canvas gallery wraps, folios or digital images.
Let the photographer know anything special about your family. For example, if your daughter is painfully shy and your son is a performer, this helps the photographer understand how to approach each child and capture their best expressions.