HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER| Why go with a pro?
It takes as much as a simple Google search to find a wide range of professional photographers specializing in weddings, architecture, family portraits, fine art, and so on. With so many options to choose from, narrowing it down to just one photographer who fits your needs is a task that doesn’t come without reward. Hiring a professional photographer will guarantee a high quality finished product, provide peace of mind that the process will be taken care of from start to finish, and ensure your vision becomes a reality. Here are a few tips to find the right photographer and the benefits that come with using a professional.
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
When it comes to fixing broken plumbing, we want the job to be done correctly and we want it done once. We take to the internet in search of a trustworthy plumber, one who has at least a four-star reputation and positive reviews from his or her clients. The search can be tedious, but it’s one that should be taken seriously. This goes for any professional occupation that provides a service, photographers included. Professionals have honed their skills to provide a specialized service that guarantees long lasting results and a high quality finished product.
Hiring a professional photographer who specializes in your creative needs is the best way to ensure professional results. Anyone wielding the latest-and-greatest smartphone with a great camera can dub themselves a photographer, but your needs may be more specific than a beginner can tackle. Although professionals might cost more to work with, in the end, the job will only have to be done once, and it will be done correctly. Save yourself the time and potential disappointment by going with a pro.
FINDING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER
Say you are in the market for a wedding photographer. Someone who can capture those special, once in a lifetime moments and preserve them in beautiful, aesthetically pleasing photographs. Take the time to look through their portfolios, follow them on social media, read what clients have to say about their experience working with them. Praise and recommendations from clients is one of the most helpful ways to get a feel for who you will be working with. There might be one or two people who leave negative reviews, but if the positive outweighs the poor, don’t be afraid to set up a time to chat with the photographer and decide if they will be the right fit for you.
When looking at your chosen artist’s past work, imagine their style and how it would fit in hanging up on your walls at home. Is it aesthetically pleasing? Does their creative style match the style you have envisioned? If not, keep looking until you find what you’re looking for.
If you’re simply looking for art to hang around your home, finding a fine art photographer who’s style aligns with your taste has never been as simple as it is today. There are established photographers all over the internet with galleries that show off the work they’ve carefully curated over years of dedication. These artists take time to ensure the quality of their prints and have high standards for their creative products. They may even host workshops or online classes that teach beginners to use a camera and create artwork of their own.
At the end of the day, hiring a professional photographer has never been easier, and the benefits outweigh the overall cost. Professionals have the knowledge, skills, and years of experience that are guaranteed to satisfy your needs.
PHOTOGRAPHERS NEAR ME | WHERE TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Many cities have local professional photographers that offer a variety of services ranging from commercial architecture to real estate to wedding photography and fine art photography. While some photographers are considered generalists and can be competent at multiple styles of photography most professionals tend to specialize one or two defined niches. Have you have ever thought about or wondered "how do I hire photographers near me?" I'll answer your questions in this article along with providing some of my own personal recommendations.
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
The difference between a professional photographer and just any person with a camera is that a professional is capable of consistenly delivering the goods. Anyone can make a good picture or two with enough failures and put it into their portfolio but knowing how to service a client and do so reliably is another story. With the prevalence of $1,000 smartphones and small mirrorless cameras it can be tempting to just contact anyone with a camera but that is a mistake if you need professional results. If quality photography and service is important to you and you don't want to risk being disappointed then I would advise you to hire a professional HIRE THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER
One of the most common ways to earn a paycheck as a photographer is to shoot weddings. I hear stories all the time about how people's first paid photography work was wedding photography but then they hated it since they only accepted the job for the money. Personally I think it's a mistake to hire a rookie or Uncle Joe to shoot weddings. If you only plan to get married once do you want to take a chance on someone who has never photographed a wedding before nor know how to use strobes? Spray and pray has no place in wedding photography. Again, do your homework and hire a professional.
If you need a photographer for a commercial or editorial assignment and willing to pay for travel expenses then it's best to make sure that their style of photography matches the type of photography that you need. It doesn't make sense to contact a photographer for work that they haven't demonstrated that they can credibly accomplish. Professional photography is all about customer service.
If you are in the market for fine art photography prints then ask the artist questions about their process and make sure they can provide the right level of service for your needs. There are a lot of photographers out there that automate all of their print processes and charge rock bottom prices for their work. I wouldn't consider that to be "fine art" worthy of hanging on your walls. Art worth spending money on should have the artist's input. There are also photographers out there that I know personally who have never even test printed the products that they offer. I on the other hand have spent thousands of dollars testing every print substrate that I offer so that's why I can sleep well at night knowing that my fine art prints are made with best-in-class print production value.
What other things should you look for when deciding on which photographer to work with? Every photographer worth hiring should have a website with detailed information. Read what they have to say; do they sound like they know what they're talking about? The right photographer should be able to adequately answer your questions. If you have further doubts then reach out to them and ask. Those whom are serious about providing customer service should respond within 24 hours ideally. Also look for examples of where their photography has been published. Anyone worth hiring should have some sort of track record at least. For example, here are some places where you can find my work.
WHAT IF THERE AREN'T ANY GOOD PHOTOGRAPHERS NEAR ME?
Lets face it. There are a lot of photographers out there but most of the work out there is mediocre or they aren't capable of delivering a professional product. Finding a good professional photographer near you might not always be a realistic or even the best option. If you find yourself in that situation then look outside of your immediate area. The internet has connected the entire world so don't just settle for anyone with a camera. Ask around as well. Word of mouth has and always will be an important referral tool. In fact, I would suggest starting with the list of photographers