Whether you are getting married, having a baby, graduating high school or updating your family portrait, choosing the right photographer can be a daunting task. There are so many photographers and faux-tographers out there, its hard to know who to pick.
Many people don’t really know what questions to ask, so they go right to “how much is an 8×10”. That’s an important question, but by no means is it the only question and you certainly shouldn’t base your choice on that.
Before you email or call anyone, decide what your budget it. That will help you when they start talking about services. Here are some questions we feel are important to find out before you say yay or nay (These are numbered but are in no particular specific order):
- Do you belong to any professional photography organizations? (PPA is a well known one. There are also local state orgs)
- What kind of photography education/training do you have?
- How long have you been a professional photographer?
- What do your session/package/collection fees start at?
- Do you have a website?
- Do you have references from past clients?
- How long do your sessions last?
- What do you specialize in?
- What is your turn around time for viewing/ordering?
- How long will it take to get my prints/albums/canvases?
- How many weddings have you photographed?
- Is your business licensed in the state of ___________?
- Do you have business insurance?
- Approximately how many images will I see from the session?
- How long do I have to order prints after my session/wedding/event?
- What is included in the session/package/collection?
- Do you charge for travel?
- Are the images on your website of paying clients or models?
- Do you charge extra for weekday v.s weekend?
- Will I need to sign a contract? (this sounds very legal, but is very important to protect you and the photographer)
That is not an all-inclusive list, but should give you a head start on doing your research. Beware of photographers who won’t answer questions or who try to divert you away from your questions. Also, be willing to talk about what you are looking for and be open to ideas and suggestions. Hope this helps!
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