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3 Reasons to Book Your Photographer Early

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

You've spent hours looking for a photographer you love. Liked all their insta posts, visited their website at least fifty times, and have decided they are the photographer for you! However, you go to book them, and UH OH. No available dates.

Waiting until the last minute to book your photographer can lead to a disaster. The photographer's schedule could be full. The photographer may not have had time to get to know you well enough. Maybe you missed the opportunity to catch some photos surrounded by those gorgeous spring daffodils and tulips. No worries! I am here to help you book your photographer early to assure a successful session.

Guarantee Your Spot

Quite often, photographers are busy people and have a limited number of sessions available. Some photographers will only do sessions during golden hour, which could mean one session per night. Other well-known photographers may have high demand. Especially around the holidays and peak season (June-October).

I am certain that you have done your research and picked out exactly which photographer you want to photograph you. It would be devastating if they couldn't because they were already booked full. Trust me. It happens. Book with your favorite photographer early and rest easy knowing that you are going to have the best session because you weren't too late!

The More Time, The Better

Once you book your photo session, your photographer will reach out with questions to get to know more about you. A photographer needs to get to know their clients before a session, so they can understand exactly what the client wants from their session.

I always reach out to my clients and get to know their personalities and interests. Are they outgoing or shy? Do they like the city or nature? What is their favorite color? What will they be wearing for their photoshoot? Do they have a special location they'd like to have their photoshoot? (Some locations require permissions that may take time to have approved.) Every little bit of information helps me to better photograph my client in a way that is true to them.

After a session, it is time for editing. Editing could take anywhere from a week to a couple of months depending on the type of photoshoot and how quickly the photographer works. So, if you need your photos delivered to you by December 1st to design your family holiday card, it'd be best to book near the end of October or early November to assure the photographer has enough time to edit and deliver your photos.

Seasons and Scenery Change Quickly

Let's say you are dying to have a sunflower patch photo shoot. However, you contact your photographer in October and they tell you it is too late. Sunflowers are at their peak in August and then fall droopy. Some photo shoots are dependent upon the time of year. Photoshoots that tend to be time-dependent include spring tulips, summer sunflower patches, and fall leaves to name a few.

In Ohio, fall leaves are at their most colorful peak the last two weeks in October. However, there is usually a rainstorm that blows in and rips off a majority of the leaves at the beginning of November. Most of the beautiful red and orange leaves fall leaving only the yellows and browns. To some, it may not be a big deal, but it is something to note when planning a fall leaves photo session. The family in the photo above scheduled their photo session perfectly! There were reds, oranges, yellows, and browns surrounding them, making for a beautifully colorful surrounding.

Your photographer should be able to advise you on the best time to book your photoshoot for those popular, seasonal locations that everyone desires.

So, with busy season right around the corner, I hope these tips will help you to better plan for your next photo session! Both you and your photographer will be relieved and I am certain the process will run smoothly.


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