Potential Photographer Checklist
Potential Photographer Checklist
Picking a photographer may seem like a pretty easy decision. We ask ourselves, “Are they in my area? Do I like the way their pictures look? Are they available on my preferred date?”, and that may be the end of the decision making process. There are actually a few more important factors that should be taken into consideration. Do yourself a favor and ASK QUESTIONS and don’t forget to consider the 3 P’s. Price, Products, and most importantly, Personality.
I am a bargain shopper. If I’m grocery shopping, and I see an off brand product for $.01 less than the name brand, I’m going cheaper every time. However, photography is not one of the places you want to look for a bargain. I know that’s not what you want to hear, but it’s the truth.
The way a photographer is priced can be indicative of their level of training, the amount of detail they put into the editing process, and how much time they have to spend with you. Most lower priced photographers usually make the bulk of their income by scheduling as many people as possible. If you know you may need, or just want special attention from your photographer, or longer shoot times, their pricing is a good indicator of if that may be a possibility.
The quality of the products i.e. prints, canvases, etc., that your photographer offers, may also be reflected in their pricing. Speaking of…
It has become rare that people get anything other than digital files from a photography session. Digital files are great! We can share them with loved ones all over the world, use them as screensavers and profile pictures, and pretty much in any place we want.
Recently, there has been a shift towards purchasing physical artwork. You get to decide what is best for you, but I challenge you to at least ask your photographer if they have any print options. Were they prepared for the question or did they have to get back to you after some research? Higher end photographers should, and want to anticipate your needs. Asking questions is how you will be able to determine how prepared they are.
On the other hand, some photographers only sell physical artwork. Before you dive in, see what your options are. What if you don’t have space for a canvas, are there other options? Do you have to purchase digitals separately or are they included? Be inquisitive.
A few key questions up front can save you a lot of time, money, and stress on the back end.
Your photographer’s personality is actually one of the most important things you need to look into when doing your research. How did they react when you asked all of your questions? Were they short with you? Did they just point you to their website? Did they set up a time to speak with you about everything in depth? If they don’t treat you like you matter BEFORE they get your money, do you really want to wait and see if that changes after you pay them?
You also want to see if your personalities clash. You don’t need to be best friends, but you want to make sure you’re not stuck with someone you just don’t mesh with. Your irritation will come across in your pictures and no one will be happy in the end.
We hope these tips are helpful. Here is a printable checklist to help you during your search. Feel free to add a few questions of your own!