With digital photography, anyone with a nice, expensive camera seems to feel obliged to call themselves “professional photographer.” But really, what are the characteristics and abilities of a good photographer?
Before hiring a photographer, look into the following:
Before anything else, check your prospective photographer’s portfolio. Focus on the color, lighting, edits and overall quality, and see if there is consistency in all the photos. Spend more time looking at shoots that are similar to what you want.
For example, if you want to have a family shoot, look for family photos in he photographer’s portfolio. There are photographers who specialize in certain niches, like sports photography, newborn photography, etc. It logically follows that their expertise levels on the several areas of photography vary.
This is a crucial point to consider. No two photographers are ever the same, regardless if they use exactly the same equipment. Photography does not merely capture a moment as it existed at some point; it is a reflection of the photographer’s view of that moment. In short, every photographer has his own style, which is shown in his choice of angles, lighting, compositions and other elements. Choose a photography who best matches your style.
Satisfied clients usually like to share their happy experiences with others. Ask for recommendations from your family and friends. Maybe they’ve hired a photographer that they liked. Remember to check out your prospect’s Yelp or Facebook and read some reviews. Try asking some of their clients about their experiences with your prospective photographer.
Not all great photographers went to college to get a photography degree. However, experience is a must. How many clients have they had? How long have they been a professional photographer? Do they specialize in any particular niche? What equipment do they have? Did they complete any post-production programs? You have to know it all.
The Business of It
Pick a photographer who doesn’t offer you talent but also professionalism. They must be organized with their pricing, shoot schedules, editing timelines and he rest. Do they talk to you in a way that you understand? Are they accommodating?
Furthermore, choose a photographer who is already familiar with the shoot venue, as well as with those they have to ask when they have questions about scheduling, location, etc. (especially with events like weddings).
Lastly, find a photographer you think you’ll like. You can never underestimate the importance of having good chemistry between this pro. If you’re not happy with them, that could ruin your mood, and this will reflect in the photos.