Not too long ago, I had a photoshoot with a friend of mine, who needed a subject for a sensual themed portrait for her assignment as a junior photographer. It was a great experience for myself. I learned to pose, be comfortable in front of the camera, and mostly importantly, I received nice photos of myself shot by a professional for free. If you are looking to hire a photographer for your wedding, family, lifestyle, or product shots for your brand or even blog, there are a few things to consider. What are the questions you should be asking, and how do you know which photographer is right for you?
Are They Insured?
I know, this might not be the first thing that you’d think about when it comes to getting a photographer. But as with most things these days, we need insurance. What would happen if they trip in the location that you choose for the shoot and smash their camera? You don’t want to get into a sticky legal situation over a photoshoot that’s supposed to be capturing happy moments. If they’re not insured, move on!
References and Portfolio
Even if you are looking for a simple photography task like getting some headshots, you want to know that they know what they are doing. Anyone can buy a good camera and claim to be a photographer these days. You don’t need a formal photography qualification to be good at photography, but checking out their portfolio and reading any references should give you a good idea about their work.
Do They Do Similar Events?
A good photographer will be able to capture any moment and make it work. However, most photographers will specialize at a specific area that they love. Take Vittore Buzzi photographer for example, they specialize in weddings and have sample shots for many events. But if you’re looking for a landscape photograph for some artwork, then perhaps a seasoned landscape photographer may be preferred over them.
What Does The Fee Include?
Not all photographers will be clear and transparent with what they offer. So you need to sit down and talk through what the offering is. Will they be providing you with your images within a set amount of time? Will they be giving you digital copies or will they print any for you? Is editing included? Do they have an assistant that will join in on the day and take a cut? You need to be upfront about what you are expecting.
Do They Require a Contract?
Having a conversation as above can help to clear this kind of thing up. But if you don’t have clear expectations on what will happen, then you or the photographer might want to draw up a contract. Because at the end of the day, it’s still a business and what has been spoken about and not written down can be twisted.
These are pretty much what you should take note when looking for a photographer. Check their references and their portfolio, but definitely also go with your gut instinct to get the shot you want!
Here are some photos from the shoot that I really love, there’re quite a few more (sexier ones) that I’d love to share at my next blog post, so be sure to stay tuned! 😉
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