An easy and short guide on how to find the perfect photographer for you! What to look for and what questions to ask him or her when you are in the process of hiring a photographer. After all, this is the person who will document an important occasion in your life, and it's a big deal.
It’s daunting to choose the perfect photographer, I know! There are so many options out there, but it’s not about finding the perfect one, but finding the right one for you. Let's start from the beginning, and go through all the steps together, and my recommendations in each step.
1. The first thing you need to know as the customer before hiring any photographer is what type of photo shoot you are looking for. It can be anything from a solo shoot, to a newborn photo shoot.
2. After you’ve figured out what type of photo shoot you want, it’s a good idea to start the search for the photographer in the city you want the photo shoot to take place.
3. Look at their work, and see if their style appeals to you.
4. Compile a list of possible photographers, and start by writing an e-mail or contact enquiry and telling them what type of photo shoot you want, the date, the time, location, how many people, number of outfits, and any questions or requests you have for the shoot.
5. Ask them to send you their pricing guide. In their guide you will not only get their different packages and their prices, but you will also get a list of what each of them include. It will be easy for you to see which package fits what you want.
6. When you hear back from the photographer, he or she may ask further questions about what you want, and offer a phone meeting so they can answer any further questions.
4. After you review the pricing guides, and the responses from each photographer you may have narrowed it down to one or two photographers, and at this time you should definitely schedule the phone meeting.
5. Schedule the phone call, here’s why: During the phone call you will get a sense of the photographer’s personality, and that can swing your decision from one to the other. It’s important for you to feel comfortable, and like the photographer's attitude, style, and vision of what they can bring to your session.
- During the phone call: Ask all the questions you may have. There are no stupid or common questions, and it’s better to be clear, than to not be satisfied later on.
- If you have specific shots or requests, this is the time to say it.
- Questions about wardrobe or make up? Ask away.
- If it's a big event, such as a wedding, I would highly suggest the client gives a brief summary of the schedule of the event to the photographer so he/she can plan ahead.
- Remember, this is the time to lay down all your expectations and needs to the photographer before you make the final call on who to hire.