Custom photography is where it is at these days and consumers have a lot more to choose from than just studio backdrops and poses!
With so many photographers out there offering a variety of different photography styles, experiences, and price ranges, how the heck are you supposed to go about choosing a photographer...?
NO WORRIES! I've gotcha covered. Whether you are searching for a new photographer, or choosing a photographer for the first time ever- here are a few questions to ask yourself before you even begin the process.
WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOS DO YOU LIKE?
This is the VERY FIRST thing you need to consider (even before considering pricing) because all photographers have their own "style" of shooting and editing. And it varies with each photographer.
Make sure to spend some time browsing the photographers portfolios to make sure you like the way they shoot and edit their final images. You can even browse Pinterest as well just to get the feel of what you type of photos you like.
Do you like soft, light, and airy?
Or deep and rich in color, with a film like feel?
Do you like candid captures, or posed, or a mix of both?
HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO INVEST IN THIS PROCESS?
The second question to ask yourself is: What is your budget? Your budget will narrow down the selection of photographers in the end, so it is important to FIRST like their style of photography, and then look at their pricing.This way, you are going to get photos that you love at a price that fits right into your budget.
HOW OFTEN WILL YOU HAVE PHOTOS TAKEN?
Every 6 months? Every year? Every few years? This is important to consider if you have kiddos and are planning on sticking with the same photographer each time.The kids love this because they are comfortable with the face behind the lens, and if you have liked the final results with this photographer in the past, that's even more stress off your plate!
WHAT KIND OF PERSONALITY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I know, I know-- it sounds like a dating site requirement, BUT this person is going to be working with you, your kids, with your personal life, maybe even in your home, so it is a plus if you feel comfortable with them!
Liking and trusting your photographer is just as important as the quality of his/her work. You can get a pretty good feel on their personality when you browse their website "about me" section, or drop by their Facebook page and take a peek at their posts. If you like what you see, and think they would mesh well with you and your family, then you found your photographer! :)
Hopefully these tips will help you feel more prepared for your next photography experience.
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