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Angie's List: Choosing a Family Photographer

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BILLINGS - When was the last time your family had their picture taken or had a new edition? In this Angie's List report, we'll tell you how to work with a professional photographer to get that perfect picture.

For Adrienne Miller, a mother of three girls, her daughters are growing up quickly. So, Miller hired a professional photographer to capture them at this age.

"I love too how they have pictures together and then interacting and how they hug and how they kiss and even just how they look at each other is sweet," said Adrienne.

Gone are the days of the static shot. Today's trend: catching the family in candid shots. A simple way to check a photographer's style is to look at their portfolio on their website.

"They don't want the awkward posing smile say cheese kind of things anymore, which is fine by me," laughed Jessica Johnston, a professional photographer.

With professional packages costing anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a thousand or more, many people think they can do it themselves.

"With the advances in cameras these days, everyone thinks they're a photographer. It's not just the camera that matters, it's the lighting, how they arrange the family. Being able to get that special moment, especially with small children, can be a bit of a challenge," said Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie's List.

Talk to the photographer prior to the session about the kind of look you want and the results you want to achieve.

"I think a few things to keep in mind when you're shooting little ones is timing," said Jessica. "Usually, families want a morning session because kids are happier in the morning. They've just been fed. They can be clean from the night before. You don't have to worry about the day's grime on them or anything."

Before you sign a contract, make sure you understand all the details. Ask about pricing, sitting fees, and who will have the rights to the high-resolution images and unlimited copyrights. With all the social media outlets, you want to make sure you have the right to use your photos how you want.

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