How to Choose a Professional Photographer.
When you are looking for a photographer, either for commercial or professional use, the choice of photographer will determine the quality of the pictures you will get. As much as they are many photographers, not all of them are the same. Do your homework and research more on the photographer before you sign a contract with them. Consider the points below when picking a professional photographer.
You can start by checking the portfolio of the photographer. If the photographer does not have a portfolio on their different platforms online, you can call them to show it to you. The portfolio is a representation of the photographers past work. The portfolio will guide you in knowing if the photographer has clear pictures with good lighting. If you are impressed with photographer’s portfolio, you can choose to work with them, if not you can continue with your search.
There are different types of photographers, there are those who specialize in taking celebrities shoots, while others focus on advertising photographer and others specialize in both. To know the specialty of the photographer, you can check on their website, most have this information on the about us section on their website. If you are not sure the niche of the photographer, call them and ask.
What are the rates of the photographer? All photographers charge differently for their services. Before you start the project, it is important to ask the photographer how much they will charge you. If the shoot will take a whole day, the photographer will charge you as compared to a half day shoot, also if they have to travel for a long distance the cost will also be higher. Choose a photographer that is within your planned budget.
Has the photographer worked with other clients in the past? If you find a photographer has no references in most cases they are new in the market or they had bad experiences with their past clients, this is a red flag and you should avoid working with them. The only way you will know how it is to work with the photographer, its through calling some of their past clients, whether it is a company or a celebrity. You can draft down some questions that you will ask the references, the questions should revolve around the professionalism of the photographer. For satisfied past clients, they will give you positive feedback on their experience working with the photographer.
It is important to check the reviews that have been done on the photographer online. With technology if a clients is impressed by the services they got from a photographer, it is common to find them giving reviews or just leaving comments. A photographer that prioritizes their clients need, they will always get positive comments from their past clients.