Let's face it, your child only has so many birthdays. And you want each one to be as special as you can possibly make it. One way to do that, of course, is to provide some phenomenal entertainment like a bounce house or a magician or a clown. Of course, you need to also have some tasty food like deep dish pizza and some hot dogs. It wouldn't hurt to throw in some amazing cake and ice cream. However, as you are putting together a great plan for your son or daughter's party, don't forget to have someone present at the party who can capture all of those special moments that are going to occur. And by someone, we mean a very talented professional photographer that specializes in children. We know that it is very easy to think that you can take care of all of the details of implementing the party and still carry around a camera and snap a few shots from time to time. But, if you think this, you would be forgetting that a professional has training in angles, lighting, and in capturing the purer emotion of a special day like you are planning. Think about it this way as well, if you hire a professional, not only will you end up with high quality images but you will be freed up to make sure all is going well at the party. Who knows, you will probably end up in a few of the photos as well. Believe us when we tell you that this is a very worthwhile investment and you will be more than happy that you went this direction. Now comes the hard part. You need to locate some quality children's photographers in the Austin area. Once that has been accomplished, you will then have to pare your candidates down to the one perfect match who will work your party. Never fear if you have never done this before because that is why we put together this guide. So, never leave home without it.
It is time to find some quality candidates. How is this best accomplished? Well, we suggest that you start talking to your family, friends and coworkers. Especially the ones who have children. There is a very good chance that someone you know has hired a professional photographer to take pictures of their children. When you find this to be the case, ask them for their review. If all went well and the finished product was amazing, make sure that you get the name of the photographer. Another potential source to look are review sites where you can type in the name of a particular type of vendor and narrow the search down to an area. This can provide you with critiques of other parents which might be extremely useful. And of course, don't neglect to use the world wide web. Do a Google search for “children's photographers in the Austin area.” This should give you a list of links to start checking out. Take your list of photographers and call each one up to find out if they are available for the date and time of your birthday party. If they are, ask them for a time to interview.
You want to be able to sit down and look each available vendor in the eyes. While you are discussing your needs and their ability to fill them, be weighing the personality of each candidate. You want someone who will be really good interacting with the kids. Find out how long they have been in business. Do they do this full-time? We suggest only going with someone who does this for a living. Do they specialize in a certain age? Take a look at their portfolio of children's events they have recorded. Do you like what you see? Do you like the style and the type of shots they have captured? Once you take a real liking to a particular photographer, we suggest that you do a background check just to be safe. If everything checks out, it will be time to hire the photographer who will give you exactly what you want.