How to Choose a Photographer
Whether you want photos of a wedding, milestone birthday, anniversary or graduation, a high-quality picture can help you keep these memories alive.
Professional photographers are experts at capturing a memorable or special event. The best photographers are reliable and responsible. But you don’t have to break your budget to find one. Follow these tips to help you find a photographer in your area.
Styles of Photographers
Even though photographers have their own styles, they tend to use one of the following three styles in their work.
Some professional photographers have a journalistic approach. They do not stage photos. Rather, they prefer to record what happens.
The second style is formal. It is a more traditional approach. These photographers take mostly posed photographs.
Finally, some photographers use a mixture of both philosophies.
First, look on the Internet for photographers in your area. Many photographers specialize in specific types of events. Be sure that the photographers who interest you match the type of event you are holding.
Photographers usually display their best work on the Internet. Remember that everyone is capable of getting a good shot every now and then, but you should see a wide range of striking images that displays their capability.
Follow them on Facebook and other social media. Professional photographers prefer to publicize their work using the latest technology. It will give you a feeling of their portfolio as well as how busy they are.
Once you have your list narrowed down to two or three, contact them to check their availability. High-quality photographers are usually in demand, especially during holidays and certain times of the year. It is essential to plan ahead.
You can also inquire with your social network about photographers they have used, especially if they have photos of themselves that you like.
When you find two or three photographers, who are available, conduct personal interviews with each of them. Explore their backgrounds and look at a complete portfolio. Ask each professional if they have ever worked with the other vendors you have hired or are considering.
Find out about their plans for the shoot. Has the photographer ever worked at that location before? Will a photographer or assistant be shooting the event?
If there are particular shots you like, communicate that to your photographer. Look through magazines and show them pictures to see if they could replicate the look and feeling.
Inquire about whether you will receive printed proofs, or if they are available through a private page for you or anyone interested in buying them.
A high-quality professional will be able to bring out the best in the subject. He will capture the essence of the moment and preserve it forever. You should be offered several options concerning poses, prints, sizes, backgrounds and other elements.
Read the contract thoroughly before hiring someone. Professional photographers should be willing to give you a contract.
A deposit will hold your date. Expect to have it available at the signing of the contract. Also understand when other payments are due. Most photographers expect another payment when they appear at the event.
Choosing a photographer will often come down to your intuition. But don’t delay, as the best photographers are usually in demand.
And make sure you understand everything in the contract before you sign it.