How to choose the best studio for family photography session

Family photos are timeless – if you are looking to update your family portraits or take some for the first time, you might be wondering how to pick the right studio. There are lots of photography studios in Kampala, Uganda. With so many to choose from, finding a photo studio you can trust to provide family, new born or baby photographs that you’re going to treasure might be tricky. Yet Professional family photographs are a wonderful way to take beautiful pictures that capture your children’s personalities where you’re all happy and relaxed.

Who, what, when, where, and how are simple questions that can help us organize just about anything, family studio photography inclusive. When it comes to family photographs, you already know the what and when, and we can help you with the how and who. Which leaves one question: Where? But don’t worry – we have some advice concerning the things you need think about: important factors that will give you the confidence to make the right decisions.

How do you chose a good Photography studio?

1. Comfort.

The Studio should be comfortable so that every one can feel at ease. When you are free, you bring out your real character. Since photo sessions are on a booking basis at Malaika Prints, you will have the studio to yourself and family. We can use props and backdrops.

2. Quality of the photos.

Lets not treat all family photo shoots as the same and then shop around on price. The quality of studio photography varies just like fine cuisines. Though with photography we are dealing with investment rather than a nice evening. look at the work portfolio. Which studio exhibits innovation or shows the best craftsmanship in terms of light and composition? Or perhaps getting the best expression.

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The Interior of Malaika Prints Studio

3. Sales Process.

Ensure that that the studio is happy to share its prices with you before the shoot and is generally transparent about the selection of your images. Ideally you would return to the studio, knowing about prices and then select your images/products in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

4. Photographers.

How family and child friendly are they? The studio might employ fantastic photographers, but if they are generally used to dealing with fashion models they might not be the best choice for your two year old twins! Family photography can often be about patience, developing a rapport and coaxing the best expressions from children and babies. When you visit the studio and admire the images on display, always check that they were taken in those premises and by the photographer you’re talking to – some high street photographic chains supply their branches with display photographs taken in other parts of the country.

5. Price.

The price of the shoot and wall art is obviously an important factor to take into account. But ensure that price is considered alongside the factors in this list.

6. Studio location and facilities.

The quality of the studio again varies enormously. Some studios have invested in state of the art facilities, whilst other operate from their home or garden. Check the location of the studio and car parking – and how the facilities might affect your overall experience.  You may wish to check if the studio has public liability insurance.

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7. Customer service.

This can affect not just the sitting itself, but all levels of the process, including pre-shoot advice, product selection and after sales service. Check that the studio has a good reputation for personal service and is always willing to pick up the phone and talk through any questions you have.

8. Product quality.

Ask to see samples of canvases, frames and acrylics when you visit the studio for the shoot or viewing. How much emphasis does the studio place on the quality of the manufacturing and printing processes?

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9. Scheduling.

It is sometimes difficult to get the whole family together for a shoot – so check the flexibility of the studio. Some studios also open on Sundays . Malaika Prints does open on Sunday on appointment.

10. Retouching (air-brushing).

Some of the studios will have the expertise to listen to your suggestions and make subtle alterations to an image. Look at these professional examples.

11. Bespoke service.

Is the studio like assembly line, or will it consult you and tailor the session according to your requirements?

And On The Day

  • Bring a variety of clothing to the session, as this will ensure that the photographer can provide you with a variety of images.
  • Neutral coloured clothes are generally thought to be the best, although these can be highlighted with splashes of bright colours to add interest.
  • If your child is to be photographed, take a favourite toy along to the photo shoot, as well as any other accessories which might help to bring out his or her personality.
  • When photographing babies and very small children, it’s important to timetable the session around their own individual routines.
  • Photographing your tired or hungry child would not produce the best quality portraits, so it’s vital that they’re made to feel comfortable. If practical – depending on their age – discuss the portrait sitting with your child beforehand, to prepare them for the event. Again, your chosen studio should be able to advise you on this.

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