When hiring a photographer, it’s important to consider what you’re looking for in terms of both style and substance.
Type of Photography
First, decide the type of photography you need. Do you want candid shots or posed portraits? Do you need black and white photos or color?
Once you know the look you’re going for, you can start narrowing down your search for the right photographer.
The Right Photographer
It’s also important to consider the photographer’s personality and whether they will be a good fit for your event or session. Are they outgoing and easy to work with? Do they take direction well? You’ll want to feel comfortable with your photographer and know that they will be able to capture the mood and feeling of your event.
Finally, be sure to ask about the photographer’s experience and portfolio. Do they have experience shooting the type of event or portrait you’re looking for? Do they have a strong body of work that you can review? Being able to see a photographer’s previous work will give you a good idea of their style and whether they’re a good fit for what you’re looking for.
So you should consider a photographer’s personality, portofolio, and price when hiring one. It is also important to identify the style of photography you prefer, decide on a budget, and understand what you want to use the photos for. When talking to photographers, be sure to ask about their experience and get a sense of their professionalism.
Hiring a Photographer for an Event
Whether you’re hiring a photographer for a wedding, a portrait, or an event, there are many factors in determining which photographer to hire. As we have said there are three main things to consider:
- The photographer’s personality
Besides those three things, here are some more tips to help you ﬁnd the right photographer for you.
- Decide on your Budget Think about how much you are willing to pay for professional photography services. A good photographer will respect your budget, no matter what it is, and tell you what services she can provide at that price.
- Identify the style of photography you like Every photographer approaches assignments and events with a unique eye and infuses their creativity into the final product. You may want photos that are traditional, artsy, photo journalistic, natural looking, posed, shot in a studio, shot on location, blurry, etc.
- Ask yourself whether you want prints, digital files, or both If you’re hiring a wedding or portrait photographer, do you want prints, an album, or digital ﬁles? Photographers often base their price on the ﬁnal product they are expected to deliver, so it helps to have some idea of what you want.
- Have an idea of how you want to use the photos If you’re hiring a wedding or a family portrait photographer, the “usage” is fairly straightforward: you will hang the photos on your wall, give them to friends as gifts, and print albums.
Talking to Photographers You have probably already looked at photographers’ websites and found some that you like. This is a great place to start — portfolio is key!
Assuming you like their work, move ahead with contacting them to discuss speciﬁcs. But while you may be desperate to ask about price, there are lots of other questions you might want to ask.
Here are a few to help get you started.
- Are you available on the date(s) that I need? It’s sort of a no-brainer, but if he or she isn’t available or can’t produce the photos on your deadline, then there is no point in continuing the conversation.
- Have you done this kind of photo shoot before? If they don’t have any experience with traditional Indian weddings, group shots with 150 people, or photo shoots involving live animals, then you may want to keep looking.
- How would you approach a shoot like this? Keep in mind, you’re not asking for a literal answer here. What you’re looking for is a reasonable and thoughtful answer that shows this person has experience, is creative, can solve problems, and makes a plan.
- Are you familiar with the venue or location where the photo shoot will take place? If you’ll be working at a speciﬁc location, it helps to know if he or she has been to that place before. You may also ask if he or she would visit ahead of time to get a sense of the place
- Do you have clients sign a contract and if so, can I read it ahead of time? Contracts are designed to protect the photographer and to protect you! It’s wise to agree on terms of a contract so that you and the photographer understand cancellation policies, terms of usage, limits of liability, overtime fees, travel fees, etc.
Don’t Forget Personality! Nearly as important as everything else is finding someone who you like, who is professional, and with whom you feel comfortable. Her work may be amazing and beautiful, but if she comes across as bossy, disorganized, or impatient, you won’t enjoy working with her. Only you can judge if someone’s personality suits you, so take the time to get to know each photographer you are considering before making a ﬁnal decision. With the tips of this article sure you will find exactly the photographer you are looking for, no matter what special event you’re planning or photo needs you have. Good luck and enjoy your event!!