Digital photography has made it easier for anyone with a nice camera to act like a pro photographer. But really, what makes a good photographer?
Below are important considerations to be made before you hire a photographer:
The very first thing you need to do when hiring a photographer is check his portfolio. Notice the consistency of the pictures in terms of color, edits, lighting and quality. Spend more time inspecting pictures of sessions or events like the one you’re hiring for.
For example, if you want to have a family shoot, look for family photos in he photographer’s portfolio. Some photographers specialize in a particular niche, like weddings, newborn photography, etc. It follows that their expertise across the different areas of photography is also varied.
This is a crucial point to consider. Even with exactly the same photography equipment, photographers are always unique. More than capturing a specific moment in time, photography reflects the photographer’s perception and creativity. In other words, each photographer has his own style, which is evident in the angles he chooses, his compositions, edits, lighting and other elements. Go for a photographer whose style perfectly matches yours.
Happy clients usually enjoy sharing their positive experiences with other people. Ask for recommendations from your family and friends. Maybe they’ve worked with a photographer they loved. Remember to check out your prospect’s Yelp or Facebook and read some reviews. It would be good to ask one of their clients about their opinion of the photographer.
Not all great photographers went to college to get a photography degree. Experience, however, is absolutely necessary. How many clients or shoots have they had in their career as a photographer? How many years have they spent in professional photography? What niche do they specialize in, if any? What’s their equipment? Did they complete any post-production programs? You need to know it all.
Choose a photographer who isn’t only a good photographer but a professional one too. They have to be organized in everything they do, from the pricing to the shoot to the editing and everything else in the process. Do they speak to you in terms you understand? Are they accommodating?
On top of that, pick a photographer who already knows the location of the shoot, as well as the people they have to coordinate with during events such as weddings, corporate awarding, and the like.
Finally, look for a photographer who is likable. Having great rapport with this professional can be crucial. If you’re not comfortable in their presence, your mood could be affected, and this in turn can affect how look in your photos.