Updated: Mar 18, 2019
Photographers capture the important moments. It’s their job — and their passion — to immortalize the most significant events in our lives.
Choosing the right photographer, therefore, ensures that your most precious memories are perfectly preserved. Whether you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, your child’s birthday, or even an important corporate event that you’re organizing, it’s important to know how to choose the right one for your specific needs.
Here are the steps you should take when choosing a photographer:
1. Doing a simple Google search is usually a reliable way to look for a photographer, but you can also try asking people in your circle if they know of any
photographers you can hire—preferably someone they have previously worked with and would highly recommend.
2. Do initial interviews
What questions should you ask photographers before hiring one?
Generally, you want to ask questions that will help you determine if the photographer meets your criteria. Here are the main questions you need to ask:
· What is your level of experience?
· Do you have any professional certifications?
· Are you properly insured?
· What is your general photography style?
· What services are included in your packages?
· What kind of equipment do you use?
· Will there be a contract?
3. Review portfolios or samples.
Apart from being insured and highly experienced, two things are non-negotiable when hiring professional photographers: the quality of their work and their service. After doing the initial interviews, take the time to check reviews and testimonials about them. If possible, go the extra mile and look them up on social media (or online review sites like Yelp) to see what people are saying about each photographer. You want to ensure that you’ll have a good experience with the photographer you choose, so find out what past clients’ experiences were like.
Also, make sure to review their portfolios or samples to see whose work you like best. Check websites, online portfolios, and any printed samples they may have, as some photographers also offer photo album printing for certain events such as weddings.
4. Get to know the photographer.
Once you've narrowed the list down to your final pick, take the time to get to know your photographer before signing the dotted line. You can invite him out for coffee to discuss your event, and maybe to get to know more about your prospective photographer’s background in photography.
It’s important that you feel comfortable with the photographer you choose, so taking the extra step to get to know this person is always a good idea.