With digital photography, anyone with a nice, expensive camera seems to feel obliged to call themselves “professional photographer.” But what really are the things that make one a good photographer?
Below are important considerations to be made before you hire a photographer:
Before anything else, check your prospective photographer’s portfolio. Notice the consistency of the pictures in terms of color, edits, lighting and quality. Spend more time on photos of events or sessions that are similar to what you’re looking 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 logically follows that their expertise levels on the several areas of photography vary.
This can be crucial. No two photographers are ever the same, regardless if they use exactly the same equipment. Photography is beyond capturing a certain moment or subject at a certain time and place; it is capturing that moment or subject from the photographer’s eye. In short, photographers have their own distinct style as reflected in the way they choose their angles, lighting, edits and the rest of the elements. Choose a photography who best matches your style.
Happy clients usually enjoy sharing their positive experiences with other people. Talk to your relatives and friends and ask for recommendations. Maybe they’ve hired a photographer who impressed them with the outcome. Also visit your prospect’s Yelp or Facebook page and go over some reviews. It would be great to ask a few of their clients about their experiences with the photographer.
Not all excellent photographers have a college degree in photography. Experience, however, is everything. How many clients have they had? How many years have they spent in professional photography? Do they specialize in any particular niche? What equipment do they use? What post-production courses have they completed, if any? You need to know it all.
Go for a photographer who is not just talented but also professional. They should be organized with everything, from their pricing to their scheduling to their editing timelines and everything else. Do they talk to you in a clear and concise manner? Are they courteous?
Moreover, pick a photographer who is familiar with the location of the shoot, and with the people they should approach if they need to ask questions in terms of location, scheduling etc.).
Lastly, find a photographer you think you’ll like. It’s essential that you have good rapport with this pro. If you’re not comfortable in their presence, your mood could be affected, and this in turn can affect how look in your photos.