It is that time of the year when you have vivid foliage and pleasant weather, the perfect season for a photoshoot. You’re probably looking for the right photographer, but it doesn't come easy unless you personally know someone that you can trust.
When you do your initial research online, you are inundated with so many recommendations and so many choices; it gets confusing. There are a lot of amazing photographers, but there are also a lot of not-so-good ones.
So, how do you choose? What do you base your choice? What questions should you ask before hiring a photographer?
There are several areas, fields or types of photography but knowing the photographer's specializations will help trim down your choices.
Below are some of the areas of photography and their descriptions to help in your selection:
Normally covers from maternity, newborn, children, senior and family portrait (can be indoor or outdoor). Schools often use family photographers to do school photographs.
Generally very creative since its primary purpose is to sell a product or service. In this genre of photography, it involves much teamwork between the owner of the product/service, the photographer and the model.
According to Wikipedia, this is the photographing of a person or group of people that capture the personality of the subject(s) by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses.
A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. The headshot is a specific portrait where
Think of this as several photographs that convey the photographer's story that he/ she wanted to share. The photos are mostly about showing emotions, important ideas, and creativity.
This is really cool if you are looking for something to capture your imaginations and fantasies. You or your kid might want to be a mermaid or ride a unicorn, or out of the ordinary imaginations you have, like maybe cuddle a lion. Photographers in this genre achieve fantasy style by using both real-life costumes, makeup, props and combined it with post-processing. How cool is that!
There are too many to describe, but other genres include Aerial Photography, Food photography, Photojournalism, Travel or Wildlife Photography, etc.
Asking friends and family or a reputable online group for a referral can be of significant help in getting your search started. When you have a list of your top choices, then you can take a look into their services, and begin eliminating those who aren’t a good fit.
There are no right or wrong questions, but these few questions may guide you in picking the right one:
You may think that this is not a necessary step in hiring a photographer especially if you just want a straightforward family photoshoot, but this is important since your photos may not look like what you are expecting it to be. You don't have to narrow in on one style since most photographers can do a mix of different styles. You have to know what you like to make sure you get on photographers who can do it. However, if you leave everything to the photographer, then you can skip this step.
After doing the interviews, take time to check the websites and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) and read reviews and testimonials about them.
You should be able to see some sample of photos which will give you an idea of the photographer's style. Also, the website design will surely show the photographer's personality, and you should be able to get a good feel about the photographer.
Once you have decided the right photographer for you, you may also discuss essential details before the scheduled photo shoot like the location, the wardrobe, the props if you want to bring or if he can provide some and of course, the contract.
Check out the best locations for outdoor photoshoots in and around Plano.
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