EVEN PHOTOGRAPHERS need to hire photographers every now and then, especially if they want to be in the photo without racing against the timer on their camera. Or maybe, they are part of a big milestone that they just want to enjoy BEING IN THE MOMENT instead of being behind the camera.
I realize there are MANY choices in our area when it comes to photographers, so I put together a quick list of tips that I would use myself when looking for a professional. Keep in mind every photographer may not be a good match for you, and that's okay. Do a little research, and don't be afraid to ask questions. I hope you find these tips helpful, and that you get those photos you've been dreaming of!
Take a look at the photographer's work especially sessions that reflect subjects similar to those that YOU want photographed. Check to see if they have several consistently good shots in this area, not just one or two. Remember, a photographer may be qualified in more than one area such as newborns, families, or pets. Ask for portfolio samples if you don't see what you're looking for.
Do you have something specific in mind? Do you want a custom-designed session? Discuss this in advance to be sure they are confident that they can deliver what you are looking for.
For example, I created this award-winning image featuring a new Matilda Jane Clothing line for tweens called '435' by rearranging the numbers in the hopscotch drawing to spell the clothing line's name. I added some flowers similar to MJC logo, and had one of my favorite models skip and twirl her way through the game. Such a fun session.
No two photographers are the same. Each one shoots with their own artistic eye. Each one edits with their own creative processing style. Consider whether you can envision their style hanging on the walls in your home or office?
My creative style is clean and simple keeping the focus on the subject with the thoughtful, and intentional use of props. Whether in studio or outside on location, my goal is to capture the subject in their truest sense.
Reviews & Word-of-Mouth Referrals
A great way to learn about working with a specific photographer is through other people's experiences with them.
Check those online reviews. Ask your family and friends if they know of a good photographer. Did you see a great photo on display in someone's home, or on the front of someone's holiday card? Find out who took it.
Experience and Personality
Does the photographer bring out the best, and most natural expressions? Do the subjects look at ease? Do families look like they are enjoying the experience? Is the photographer familiar with the location? If not, are they the type to spend the time to scout it out in advance? How long have they been in business? Do they keep hours that are convenient to your schedule? Are they licensed and insured?
Get to know them a bit before hiring them. Find out if they offer FREE pre-session consultations to get to know YOU!
By the way, 'rabbit ears' are always in style. That's me goofing off at the end of a mother/son session at the Wilmington Riverfront.
Organization Skills and Deliverables
Each photographer has their own work ethic. Do they give you a clear picture of what to expect? Can they supply what you want in the end, and do they acquire it from professional sources? Are they organized to ensure a timely delivery of your products?
Have they explained their pricing upfront so that there aren’t any surprises along the way? If not, be sure to ask about all associated costs, and exactly what’s included in their fees, and what isn't.
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