What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look through the photographers portfolio carefully. What you see is generally what you get. There is a huge varied range of photographers out there.
Look for pictures that make you smile and give you those warm fuzzy feelings. A photographer who is good with all kinds of children is very important. Take time to talk to the photographer on the phone, or better yet, meet in person!
You want portraits that will stand the test of time - classic and timeless. You don't want pictures that depict the latest trends (selective coloring, photoshopped backgrounds etc.)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I put a LOT of time and energy into each client session. About 10 hours of time goes into the process from the initial email to when I hand you your portraits.