For the big events in your life: high school graduation, marriage, the birth of a baby, and more, you will want to have your local photography studios researched. There are many things to consider when choosing a photography studio: price, contract terms, style, and the personality of the photographer. One of the best ways to find the best local photography studios are to ask your friends and relatives who they have used and had a good experience with. Others can be found in the local yellow pages and online. Schedule appointments with several local studios to get an idea of different methods and a general price range for your specific area. First, talk to the photography studio about their shooting style. If you are hiring a local wedding photographer, do you want someone who is laid back and takes behind the scene and off the cuff arty black and white photos or someone who takes more formal color studio-type shots of the whole family? Do you want a high school graduation portrait in a unique place, like along a train track or in your favorite neighborhood hideout, or in a studio with a professionally painted backdrop with flattering lighting? The photography studio should be able to provide examples of previous sessions and be able to discuss what they are best at. If available, you can also take in photos from magazines and books to show the photographer the style you are interested in.