Digital photography has made it easier for anyone with a nice camera to act like a pro photographer. But really, what are the characteristics and abilities of a good photographer?
Before hiring a photographer, look into the following:
The very first thing you need to do when hiring a photographer is check his 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 actually specialize in certain niches, such as wedding photography, food photography, and others. It follows that their expertise across the different areas of photography is also varied.
This is a crucial consideration. Even if two photographers use exactly the same equipment, they will always have different outputs. 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, 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 your family and friends for referrals. Maybe they’ve hired a photographer that they liked. Also check out your prospect’s Facebook or Yelp pages and scan the 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 absolutely necessary. How many clients have they had? How long have they been a professional photographer? What niche do they specialize in, if any? What equipment do they use? What post-production courses have they completed, if any? You have to know it all.
The Business Side
Go for a photographer who is not just talented but also professional. They must be organized with their pricing, shoot schedules, editing timelines and he rest. Do they speak to you in terms you understand? Are they accommodating?
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.).
Finally, find a photographer you will find likable. Having great rapport with this professional can be crucial. If you’re not happy to have your photographer, it will probably show in your photos.