Picking a photographer can seem like a daunting task. I mean, there is so many of us out there... how do you choose? This process can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it, but I want to go over a few key things you should keep in mind while finding a photographer for your next session.
Do you like their style?
There are hundreds of different styles out there. Photography is an art form, and art as we know it is subjective. One of the most important, if not the most important steps is finding someone whose work you love. You should never ask a photographer to change their style to fit yours, chances are there is someone out there who can provide you with the style you're after.
Is their prices within your budget?
Pricing for photography varies so greatly. There are photographers who charge 6 figures and there are photographers that charge $100. Again, you should never ask a photographer to lower their prices to fit your budget. There will be someone out there for you, it may just take some extra digging.
Do your personalities mesh well?
You can love someone's work and appreciate their talent, but if you don't mesh well with them, that will more than likely come through in your photos. You want to feel as comfortable as possible with your photographer, and you want to be able to trust their artistic judgment. If you find someone you really love, and who you work well with you've hit the jackpot and your images are going to turn out beautiful!
Will you have rights to your images?
Knowing your rights and what you're entitled to when it comes to having your images taken by a professional photographer is something everyone should be aware of. Most photographers will maintain copyright to the images they take, but each photographer should provide their clients with a release which will allow them complete personal use. This should include printing rights and social media. This should all be laid out in the contract you sign with your photographer.
Ask to view complete galleries...
Photographers usually display their best images on their websites and social media. But if you're trying to narrow down between a few photographers, ask to take a look at one of their complete galleries. By looking at a gallery you get a much better sense of their style, and how their images tell the stories of their clients.
Ask all the questions...
Photographers are working for you, not the other way around. You're hiring a professional to preform a service for you, so ask all the questions you need to, to make sure you're comfortable. Ask about pricing, the amount of images you will receive, time length of sessions... whatever you need! A pro will never make you feel like any questions are stupid questions.
Now that the hard part is done, you can relax and plan for your session. My biggest tip would be to stick with one photographer once you've found someone you really love. Us photographers love our loyal clients!
See you next week,