Choosing a photographer for your special event or portraits can be a daunting task. There are a lot of us out there, and we range from “just bought a camera last week” to “20+ years of experience”. We know that it can be super confusing and frustrating trying to narrow down your choices. Some people even get so frustrated they just give up and either don’t ever get portraits or they pick some random name. So, we decided to give you some pointers to help you make an informed decision.
Here are some things you should look for when checking out a website or social media page:
- Consistency. Do the photos look good throughout, or are only the 1st few nice while the rest are just OK?
- Do they look like real sessions or do they look like they were staged? (More on this in a later post)
- Is the site/page regularly updated or is everything on it old?
- Do the photos look like they have a ton of filters/photo shop work done on them? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can sometimes mean that the original photos aren’t that good, and the photographer has to rely on digital technology to make them passable. This can be a sign of someone who doesn’t really know a lot about the important aspects of photography.
- Do they have good reviews/comments from past clients?
Here are some things you should pay attention to when you are trying to get information:
- Is it easy to get a hold of the photographer? They may not answer the phone when you call, but do they call you back if you leave a message? Or answer in a timely manner if you email?
- What is their demeanor on the phone/email? Do they sound like they are rushing you or not listening to what you have to say?
- When you ask questions, are they truly answering them or are they moving past them without giving you a real answer?
- Are they giving you information about costs and charges that will be associated with your session or event?
- Do they have a contract for you to sign? (contracts, while sometimes a pain to go through are vital. They protect you and the photographer)
And lastly, here are a few questions to ask to get a feel for the photographer and their personality/style. It is important that you mesh well, especially in a wedding or quinceañera situation, as you will be together an extended period of time.
- Ask about pricing. It should never be a deciding factor, but you have to know if they are in your budget. If they are not, you may need to re-evaluate your choices or your budget.
- Ask how long they have been doing photography. Everyone doesn’t need years and years of experience to be good, but if you are going to pay for it, you should get what you are looking for.
- Ask if you can do an in-person consultation. This is super important, so that you can make sure you are on the same page in relation to what you are looking for and how much you will spend.
- For portrait sessions, ask for clothing tips, location suggestions and time of day options. Trust me when I say that these are all important and will effect the overall look of your portraits.
- Ask about anything you are unsure of. The photographer should have no problem answering your questions, clarifying information or solving your objections.
If you have any questions or need more information about what to look for, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help, even if you aren’t our client. You can always contact us at the form below: