How to Choose the Right Photographer

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How to Choose the Right Photographer

Choosing the right photographer for your needs is really important. I believe that the fear of making the wrong decision makes us procrastinate for far too long.  What if you don’t connect during the shoot and it feels awkward?  Or what if you don’t like the results?

How would it feel to work with a photographer you connect with, whose portfolio is just what you’re looking for? Imagine that the experience they create for you results in some beautiful legacy portraits to enjoy for years to come?  Or maybe you want to get to the next level in business and you know that some fabulous photography is going to get you there?  How would that feel?  I hope these tips help you!

5 Tips to help you choose the right photographer

Look through the photographer’s portfolio. Do you like their style?

A photographer will be very at ease photographing you in the style that they show in their portfolio.  So, choose a photographer whose style you are really drawn to, and you are more likely to love the results!

If what you are wanting is similar to their portfolio work and you want to work with them, ask if they can do what you’re looking for as they may be up for doing something a bit different.  But don’t ask a photographer with a predominantly edgy and dramatic style to create some light and airy images for you – it’s less likely to be a success as it’s just not their specialty.

Also consider (if you are looking for portrait / boudoir / lifestyle photography) whether or not their style would sit well within your home if you wanted some pieces to display on your wall. 

Are your needs as a client aligned with what the photographer offers?

Find a photographer that specialises in the genre of photography that you’re looking for.  This is what they do best!  

If you are looking for business or brand photography, will their aesthetic be a good fit with your brand and the direction you want to take things going forward?  Will the photographer help you to elevate your view of yourself and propel you to the next level in your business?

If you’re looking for lifestyle / portrait / boudoir photography, can you see relaxed and authentic posing and connection in their portraits?

Will the photographer’s packages be a good fit? Can they create a bespoke package for you?

Important Note:  If you are looking for a newborn photographer, please, please ensure they are adequately qualified as there are some very important safety considerations with this sort of portrait session.

Do you like the photographer and think you will connect with them?

You will begin to get a sense of the photographer’s personality from their website and social media, but you’ll need to talk to them to really know if they are the right photographer for you. Don’t be afraid of doing this – you’re not obliged to commission them just because you’re having a chat – but it will help you make an informed decision.  I would also have a look at some testimonials – how do clients reflect on the service they have experienced?

A professional photographer will want to understand your needs ahead of your session so that they can deliver on those for you.  Make use of a consultation to connect with them and ask questions.  It needs to be a good fit – it will be the people you work with that create the right energy for your session.  The photographer you choose should provide a safe space for you throughout your experience with them. How you feel during your shoot will not only translate into your images, but you will remember how you felt when that image was captured, and that’s important.

Where is the photographer located and is this important to you?

Does the photographer work from a studio or on location – and is that important to you?  If the photographer works primarily from a studio but you’d like to incorporate a different location, talk through your ideas during your consultation and explore the possibilities.  Or perhaps you’d like the photographer to travel to your location?  Again, discuss this with them – doing something fresh and different might just create some magic!

Don’t shop on price

Any purchase should be an equal exchange of value.  The more you pay, the more value you should receive.  Be cautious if prices are low as you might be dealing with someone who is more of a hobbyist or perhaps hasn’t got the experience that is required.  The last thing you want is some images you’re unhappy with. Think about what is important to you and the value you need.  If you know which photographer you want to work with and the investment is considerable, why not save up for a special session with them? Consider all the above points and choose a photographer that you will feel relaxed with. This will ensure an excellent experience and beautiful images for you!

I hope these tips are helpful!  Ultimately, choosing the best photographer is about finding the person you can be relaxed with and whose work you love. If you’d like to find out how we can work together, please get in touch here.  I’d love to hear all about how you dream of being photographed!

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