Hiring a photographer is kind of like shopping for a pair of shoes. There are a few different aspects that go into shoe shopping. First there is the size, you don’t want them too big or they will rub on your heel or slip off constantly and you don’t want them too tight or your feet will be cramped and hurt all the time. Then there is personal style and taste. You wouldn’t even try the shoe on if you didn’t think they were cute. Lastly there is function…. do you need dressy heels for a special event or are you going hiking? You definitely don’t want to wear heels if you are going hiking.
Ok, yes, but what does this have to do with hiring a photographer? Everything! Fit, obviously you need a photographer that fits into your budget. Keep in mind though that usually the pay scale matches the skill and experience. So if you go with the cheapest photographer in town chances are your photos are going to look more like your Aunt Sue took them. And the higher end photographers charge so much because they are worth it… your photos are going to be gallery quality and you will want to display them on your wall proudly!
Personal Style! It is important to look through a photographers past work to see if their style of shooting and or editing is something you like. After all you are getting these photos done in order to adorn your walls or perhaps send out on Christmas cards or birth announcements. Liking the images is a pretty big deal.
Finally function. If you want your family photos to be more like a lifestyle shoot where you are making cookies with your kids or taking a trip to the zoo for the first time then you don’t hire a photographer who does studio portraits. You won’t be happy with the outcome.
Here are 5 simple questions you can ask to see if the photographer is a good fit for you: (remember you are hiring them its ok to ask questions)
1. How long have you been a professional photographer?
2. Can you provide references and may I see your portfolio?
3. What is your photographic style?
4. What does your fee include and what’s the delivery timeline?
5. Do you require a written contract?
(Contracts protects you just as much as the photographer)
If you are in the local Northwest Arkansas area I would love to meet with you over a cup of Arsagas coffee (Myan Mocha is my favorite!) and see if I'm a good fit to capture your memories! I look forward to meeting you and making meaningful art together!