Are you looking for a photographer to shoot your event, party, conference or wedding? Choosing poorly can leave you with some unsatisfactory results. You could hire a consummate professional who has years of valuable experience, but that doesn’t mean that you made the right choice. Choosing the right photographer is about finding the right fit for the job as much as it is about their skill and experience level. To avoid making the wrong decision, follow these straightforward tips so that you can get it right.
- Choose a Photographic Style
What will the photos be used for? Most event photo sessions will be to record a specific place and time—most aren’t for artistic purposes. This means that the photographer should employ a classic shooting style—with simple poses and composition techniques. However, if you need more panache, you should look for a photographer who has the specific style you need. Deciding on a style will ensure that you can screen for the right photographer.
- Look Through the Portfolio
Now that you’ve narrowed down a specific style, you need to find photographers who fit that mold. The best way to know if the photographer will be a good fit is to look at the portfolio. When looking at the portfolio, you will want to pay attention to a few things:
- If the photographer’s work is consistently high-quality.
- If the photographer has a noticeable style. You should get a strong idea of the photographer’s style if you look at most of the portfolio album.
- If the photographer has worked events like yours. If you’re looking for a photographer to shoot your cocktail party, but they have no photos in that type of setting, you should pause to consider if that photographer is really the one you need.
- Inquire About Their Experience
Choosing a photographer who has no experience working your type of event can lead to a frustrating shoot and poor results. You not only need a photographer who has worked your type of event, you need one who has experience with the size of the event. Although it’s not necessary, it would also help if that photographer has experience working in the venue your event is going to take place. If the photographer has relevant experience, ask to see any photos from that event. This will help you get a strong idea if the photographer can handle the job.
- Vet Their Post-Production Speed and Skill
There are many photographers who do great work during the shoot, but will be slow when it comes to delivering the finished photos. If you’re on a time constraint, this can be a problem, so you need to get some reassurance from the photographer that the photos will be edited and delivered in a timely manner. To be honest, there’s no way to know if the photographer will be on-time with the work, but a guarantee from the photographer can give you some peace of mind before you make the hire. It’s also a good idea to have the expected deadline written into the contract.
- Discuss the Fine Print
If you and the photographer have an agreement, don’t be blindsided by any surprises. Before you hire the photographer make sure you understand every bit and piece about the project:
- Copyright details
- Payment schedules
If you’ve done your due diligence and followed the tips listed in this post, you should feel confident about choosing the right photographer for the job. Don’t rush the decision, consider a wide range of options, and don’t be afraid to ask the right questions to your candidates.