There are many people who are claiming they are great photographers but their photos will prove otherwise. Good photography is not cheap so if you planned on spending $100.00 for a dvd with all the images you will be sticker shocked when you see the prices of real professionals. So why the premium prices? There are many costs involved in the process of running a photography business. There was a recent write up about how much photographers initially invest in their businesses. While the initial investment will vary according to the photographers field of expertise, family portrait professionals usually invest over 10,000 in equipment, software, and associated expenditures. Wedding photographers spend even more! So when you go shopping around for a professional keep in mind that photographers are just like any other business and have spent thousands of dollars and years of training to bring you a quality product.
Here are some things to look for when choosing your outdoor photographer:
Your photographer should not only have professional equipment, they should know how to nail exposures, how to use the sun for the best lighting, be able lead your photo-shoot, and know how to edit the photos effectively in order to achieve your desired results. They should also have a professional website and portfolio of entire sessions that you can view.
Do you like their personality? It’s always a great idea to give the photographer a call to discuss what your looking for and to feel out his personality. This is one of the most important factors in choosing a photographer and it’s also the most underestimated. I mean if you think about it, do you really want to spend 1-2 hours with someone you really don’t get along with? So if they rub you the wrong way when you call you know it’s time to move on to the next one.
They should also specialize in the area of photography you are looking for. If you want to have a lot of the pictures taken outside then you should hire an outdoor photographer, not a studio photographer. When your searching, you may be tempted to use services such as thumbtack. I would avoid this website altogether and just do a simple Google search for your local town. When you chat with them make sure you ask for ideas about locations for your session. This will give you the chance to visit the places you have never heard of and decide whether the location fits your taste.
Do you like their gallery page? If you are searching for an outdoor photographer make sure that their photos match the results that you are looking to create. Don’t assume that any photographer can recreate a dream picture that you found on Pinterest. If you do have a photo idea in mind, be sure to talk to the photographer before your session so they can know in advance what your expectations are and they might even be able to offer you suggestions on ways to improve the look of your pictures.
Choosing the perfect photographer can be a hard task. It can sometimes be overwhelming to sort through all of the portfolios and choose one that matches your budget and style. But if you find a photographer that you absolutely love but is a little more than you wanted to spend, I suggest paying the extra money for peace of mind.