Five tips for choosing a portrait photographer

Craig Cooper Advice, portrait photographer

Let’s face it, choosing a portrait photographer can be confusing. After all, this is a service that you won’t even be able to see until after it is purchased! To make matters worse, there are literally hundreds of businesses offering portrait photography in WA: A quick search on Google reveals more than 300 portrait photographers!

Here are five tips to help you choose your photographer:


Your portrait photographer needs to have a great portfolio of images that you really like. Talk to your portrait photographer about your favourite images in their portfolio. Every studio also has its own style – for example some only do black and white – make sure it is a style you really like.

Choice of Artwork

To make your favourite photos come to life your photographer should be able to offer artwork in a range of sizes and finishes, such as wall art and albums. Producing these products well is quite a skill.


What happens if it rains? Your photographer should be able to offer studio photos, complete with professional lighting, as well as outdoor options. Private viewing facilities, including a large screen, are also a must.


A great portrait photographer should make you feel relaxed and take the time to get to know you. A good portrait photographer should ask lots of questions about you and what you want. Unlike other studios, we don’t have a high turnover of staff – our photographers are a hand-picked, tight knit team who share common values and approaches to photography.

Qualifications and Accreditation.

To ensure that your photographer adheres to professional practices, you should only use a studio where the leaders are accredited members of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). This ensures that your photographer is deemed a professional by his or her peers and adheres to a code of ethics and professional practices.

At Cooper Studio we believe that we tick all of the above boxes. We’re always happy to meet you before your shoot and we’re really interested in what makes you tick, and how your photos can capture your true essence!

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Babies and Toddlers

Craig Cooper Advice, Baby Photography, portrait photographer

Everyone here loves taking photos of newborns, babies and toddlers! However they do present some unique challenges and we’ve learned over the years that the trick is in having a relaxed attitude and the correct preparation.

Babies can’t help it if they’re hungry, tired, cold, hot or sleepy, so it’s best to plan to photograph them at a time when they are most likely to be happy. This varies from baby to baby depending on their age and sleep cycle.
Parents generally know best, so we will work with you to plan either a morning, mid-morning or early afternoon shoot.

As the weather and the light in Perth are highly variable, baby photos are usually best taken in our air-conditioned studio. We can adjust the temperature up or down to make baby comfortable, and control all of the lighting and background elements.

Many of the best baby photos happen when baby is being supported or held by a parent, so it is important that you come prepared to be photographed – (if only as a prop!).

If baby gets grumpy during the shoot it is usually best to have a short break. Often a feed or nappy change is all that is needed, so we build a little extra time into the shoot for a break. Sometimes baby falls asleep – not to worry! Some of our best photos are of sleeping babies.


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Portraiture for couples…

Craig Cooper Advice, Couples Portrait Photographer, portrait photographer

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Romantic couples portraiture for all ages

It’s never too early or too late to celebrate your relationship with a unique couples portrait in our studio. Our shoots are fun, relaxed and romantic. Not only do our couples take away fabulous photographic artwork, they also invariably have a great time!

We are very used to helping everyone chill out and get the maximum enjoyment out of the shoot, and we know that sometimes one or both of you will be a little camera shy! We find that once the ice is broken we can bring even the most nervous people right out of their shell, and get the best out of our time with them.

A typical couples shoot begins with a consultation either on the phone or in the studio, where we learn a little about each of you, and suggest some ideas for the shoot and help with selection of wardrobe and accessories. On the shoot day we usually spend an hour or more shooting in our South Fremantle studio, and we always try to get several different looks and feels as some great individual photos of each of you. Shoots can have a casual feel, or be more formal, romantic or sensual, depending on what you want, and what you’re like as a couple!

There really is no correct age for this – we’ve had couples as young as eighteen and we also really enjoy working with couples who are well past retirement age. In fact, some of our most rewarding shoots have been with couples who have been together for decades!

To book your Cooper Studio couples portrait, or to find out more, contact us today.