If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are. Odds are you know someone who's a photographer, so shouldn't you just hire someone you know? Before you go ahead and book a photographer for a session, there are a few important things to consider.
What style are you looking for?
Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and baby sessions. Be sure to review their portfolio and don't hesitate to ask the photographer if you can view a session or two similar to what you are considering booking. This will give you a clear idea of their style, how they edit (do they all look the same or do they change their style from image to image) and what you can expect from your session.
Research and review.
Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:
Create a short list.
Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. It’s important that you chat with the photographer over the phone or in person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to work with them. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad photos and by the time the images are edited, it might be too late to hire someone new if the images don't come out as you expected.
It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos are there to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t re-live. It saddens me when clients contact me when they need a session because their past session didn't go as expected. So do your research, take your time and don't worry about offending your photographer friend if you use someone else, there are plenty of clients to go around and many in the photography community focus on supporting each other. So get out there and start doing your research and don't be afraid to tell someone you are not interested, you might really save them time and save you the annoyance of follow up calls, emails, etc.
And while you are here, check out my maternity, studio newborn, Lifestyle newborn, babies and kids, family and more portfolios and contact me for for info!
Shannon Anderson Photography is a maternity, newborn, child and family photographer in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas of North Carolina. Shannon has a home studio in Mooresville, NC available for newborns and young children and travels around the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas for outdoor and lifestyle sessions. To book a session please email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here use the contact me page