5 Tips for Choosing the Right Portrait Photographer
Aug 17, 2019 | By: Captured Moments
We know there are so many options out there... let's figure out how to find the best match for you!
Anyone who knows how to Google can tell you in .4 seconds that there are thousands of portrait photographers in your city. And while we absolutely love that more and more people are exploring the beautiful art of photography as a means of creative expression and even income, we know that the simple overabundance of photographers makes it that much harder to choose one for your project. So how in the world do you choose the right one for you? We took a little time as a team to discuss what we think are some super great questions to ask yourself when hiring a portrait photographer so that you know for sure what's going to be a good fit for you. We hope these are helpful!
1. Does the photographer have the level of expertise that you're looking for?
Photographers can vary in training, ranging anywhere from a novice amateur to a well-seasoned, classically trained professional. Every kind of photographer has something to bring to the table, but each level of expertise is going to yield a different result. Are you hoping to support someone studying photography and give them some experience with a project? Search for a photography student! Are you hoping to accomplish some technically difficult family shots (including the dog, of course) for your foyer? In this case, you might want to call a professional with an extensive portfolio of family photography. Having your end goal in mind is going to help you decide what level of expertise matches your needs.
2. What caliber of service are you hoping for?
Just as in expertise, photographers greatly vary in terms of how much service they offer along with their photography. After your photo shoot, there's a whole host of options for how the rest of your relationship with your photographer goes. Are you looking for someone to hand you a flash drive with hundreds of unedited images? Or would you prefer a photographer that will curate the best images from your shoot, meticulously edit the best shots to perfection, design your albums, and facilitate the ordering process for your prints and wall hangings? Maybe you're looking for something in-between. It is best to communicate these expectations to your photographer beforehand so everyone is on the same page. If the photographer has a studio, calling in is a great way to get these details nailed down before you spend any money. If you can, it's always a great idea to research the extent to which a photographer will stand behind their work and redo shots if necessary. That level of service is not universally offered, so if you are looking for that, make sure that the photographer you are considering can meet your expectations!
3. What is the reputation of the photographer?
It's probably safe to say that no one wants to hire a photographer with a bad reputation. Fortunately, this is a super easy question to answer! Hop onto Google and give your potential photographer a quick search. Are the reviews to your liking? You can also ask the people in your community who they would recommend, or who they have used before. This is a great way to find a photographer that already has an established reputation in your community. Once you find one, leave them a review online to help out the next searching neighbor!
4. Is the style of portrait photography a good fit for you?
This one is really a matter of preference that will require a little creative thinking on your end. Are you hoping for the results from your photo shoot to be trendy and experimental? Minimalist? Classy and timeless? Professional? When choosing a portrait photographer it's important to look at their previous work and see what sort of end-product they are most passionate about and most skilled at delivering. You might find an incredibly talented photographer and still be dissatisfied with the results of your shoot because the style you were looking for wasn't the one that particular photographer works with. Take some time before deciding on a photographer to peruse their website and see what style they usually shoot in. And don't be afraid to call them and describe what you're looking for! A good photographer will work with you to see if together you can see your photo dreams come true.
5. Do you feel comfortable with the personality of the photographer?
You might think this question isn't very important, but in our 26 years photographing the Phoenix Valley we have found it to be very helpful to ask when looking for a photographer. If you have never done a photo shoot before, you might not know how personal of an experience it is. You will spend a couple of hours with your photographer with all attention on the details of your appearance, which can be a bit of a vulnerable place. You really are creating art together, whether that be to tell the story of your family, your business, or maybe your latest entrepreneurial endeavor. In this vulnerable space of sharing stories and creating art, you really want to make sure you feel comfortable with your photographer. When you speak to them on the phone, do you trust them? When you meet them do they take the time to really get to know you? The answers to these questions will shape your experience for better or for worse.
What have been your strategies for finding a portrait photographer in Arizona? Comment them below. We would love to hear them!
Hey, thanks for stopping by to check out our latest blog post! Captured Moments is a full service, boutique photography studio located in Scottsdale, Arizona specializing in Fine Art Portraiture for families, high school seniors, and business professionals.
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