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Leah & Dan | Richmond Engagement Session

Leah & Dan | Richmond Engagement Session Leah & Dan | Richmond Engagement Session: We just love Leah & Dan’s #RVA Engagement Session. We love to go on location and visit places that are important to the couple. They had so much fun taking these photos at Brown’s Island and in the back park at […]

Leah & Dan | Richmond Engagement Session


Leah & Dan | Richmond Engagement Session: We just love Leah & Dan’s #RVA Engagement Session. We love to go on location and visit places that are important to the couple. They had so much fun taking these photos at Brown’s Island and in the back park at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

With multiple locations and outfits changes, Leah and Dan felt like that got a great variety of photos that captured their personalities. You can see from their smiles and laughter that they had a great time spending the day together and creating these memories.

Leah and Dan will be married on Sunday, July 3, 2016. We wish them lots of laughter and love during the rest of their wedding planning process!

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Portraits with Hayes & Fisk

Portraits with Hayes & Fisk

Portraits with Hayes & Fisk Portraits with Hayes & Fisk: Seriously could this session with the Hurst Family be any more adorable? We absolutely love the images from this session. Today we want to share this article with you from NewOK on 8 questions to ask when hiring a family portrait photographer: What are the […]

Portraits with Hayes & Fisk


Portraits with Hayes & Fisk: Seriously could this session with the Hurst Family be any more adorable? We absolutely love the images from this session.

Today we want to share this article with you from NewOK on 8 questions to ask when hiring a family portrait photographer:

What are the most important moments of your life? For most, it’s rarely a big promotion or a sports championship season. Instead, it’s quality family time that is most often cherished.

Nothing captures these moments better than family photos. If you’re looking for a photographer to capture those memories, make sure you ask prospective photographers these eight questions.

1. Can I see some of your recent work?

This is the most common question asked, and for good reason. But how do you distinguish between an amateur and a professional photographer? An amateur may be able to take a few great shots every now and then, but professionals know how to consistently create great results. Ask to view an entire session in images or a compilation from different sessions to get a sense of depth of the photographer’s work. Based on what you see, if there’s only one or two shots you’d consider framing, then you’re probably not dealing with the right photographer for your family.

2. Are you a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) photographer? (Yes Hayes & Fisk is a long time member of PPA)

You want to work with the best, and PPA photographers do more than just snap pictures. They have the technical expertise and artistry to get that one shot – that one look – that captures your family’s unique personality. PPA photographers also abide by a strict code of ethics and work constantly to create beautiful images that meet your expectations. Watch the video below to see how PPA photographers capture families’ unique personalities.

3. Do you specialize in any one type of photography? What’s your photographic style?

Photographers often specialize in one genre over another. If they mention solely working with family portraits, then you can rest assured that their passions are aligned with your needs. You may also want to ask why they chose that particular area to better understand if/how they will be able to connect with you. A photographer’s style is reflected in their portfolio, so asking them to produce a radically different style is a recipe for disaster. Look for images that you can see your family in, then think of three words that describe your family and share those with your photographer. You’re counting on their knowledge of composition, lighting, posing and more to create images that fit your vision.

4. What does your fee include?

You’ll want to understand what you’re getting for your money: how much time, how many images, album types, the format for delivering proofs, what’s included in your package, etc. Pros will always include these details and more in your contract. PPA photographers’ code of ethics should also give you peace of mind, but always, always read the contract and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the fine print and the contract itself.

5. How should I prepare my family before the session?

Pros will give you tips so your family can feel comfortable and have fun while being photographed. They might even ask for things you would not have thought. PPA photographers will also be able to answer questions such as: What colors and styles of clothing are best to wear? Should you bring a change of clothes? How do you handle a fussy child or plan for nap times? Trust them: they have their timing down and know what works.

6. Where can I find you online?

Photographers’ websites are a great place to view their portfolios, read client testimonials and get a better sense of their personality. Of course, like a resume, websites often put “their best foot forward,” so be sure to dig a little deeper. Look at their social media pages and read customer reviews, as these can be very telling. You can also identify PPA photographers near you at PPA.com/SeeTheDifference/Family.

7. Can you take a picture like this one?

Find pictures similar to ones you would like to display on your mantel and show them to the photographer. This will help them understand the style and genre you want, and they will be able to determine if you are a good match. Real pros will always refer you to someone they feel will better accomplish your vision if they are not the right fit. PPA photographers should be able to explain why and how they can or cannot create the same effects. So go ahead and ask if they are capable of taking the same kind of picture; do not settle for a simple “yes.”

8. How will I obtain my photos and when can I expect them?

Professional photographers have a reliable system for delivering photos to you in a timely manner. This may include a private, online portal where your photos are stored, cloud sharing, uploading to social media sites and may even offer an app for that. However, your photographer should accommodate your needs – so state your preference upfront to avoid any false expectations!

The most important thing in life for most people is family. So, why entrust those memories to anyone other than a professional photographer who will deliver what you’re looking for… and more? Find your PPA photographer at PPA.com/SeeTheDifference/Family.

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Sarah & Rod | Dover Hall Engagement Session

Sarah & Rod | Dover Hall Engagement Session Here at Hayes & Fisk, we absolutely love this time year. In the wedding business we call this “Engagement Season”. So many couples get engaged over the holidays and we just love to kick off the new  year hearing from these couples as they start the wedding […]

Sarah & Rod | Dover Hall Engagement Session


Here at Hayes & Fisk, we absolutely love this time year. In the wedding business we call this “Engagement Season”. So many couples get engaged over the holidays and we just love to kick off the new  year hearing from these couples as they start the wedding planning process. Many want to set up a meeting right away to start talking about hiring us as their wedding photographer. Others want to schedule an engagement session first. No matter their preference we just love getting to know each couple and hearing about their engagement story.

Many couple’s do ask, “Should we have Engagement Photos taken?” We think the answer is different for everyone but there are a few reasons what we think it is a great idea.

  1. This may be the first time you have had your pictures taken professionally and it is a great opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera before your big day.
  2. It is also a good time to get to know your photographer, you can even use this as an “interview” for hiring them for your wedding.
  3. It can serve as a test day for your hair and make-up trial.
  4. You will have a great photo to send in with your engagement announcement to your local newspaper.
  5. You can use a photo from this session for a personalized save the date card to send to your invitees.
  6. It can be FUN! Pick a location that is important to you as a couple, wear clothes that show off your personality and just spend the day having fun with each other.

The images below are from Sarah & Rob | Engagement Session at Dover Hall Estate. They chose Dover Hall because that is where their wedding would take place. They chose to do a few different outfits but overall they just enjoyed a day together and we think their pictures turned out beautifully. They also took this opportunity to include their dog in the pictures.

Look for Sarah & Rod’s Wedding on our blog next week.

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