Happy Holidays!!! It's the time of year for fun, families, and celebration! What better way to remember these times than to capture them photographically?! In this Holiday blog two-part series, I will give you tips on finding a photographer and evaluating the difference between an OK picture and a great photograph.
Finding a good photographer can be a difficult task. Not because we're hard to find, but because there are sooooo many to choose from! First off, you need to understand that a photographer is not just a person who aims a camera and presses a button. Aside from knowing their equipment, photographers need to understand light, be able to draw emotion from the clients, and be efficient (just to name a few). There is much more effort that goes into a professional photograph than you may think.
I would recommend starting by asking around...friends, family members, coworkers..to see if they recommend anyone. Chances are that someone you know has had some photos taken recently and can offer great insight into the experience they had with that particular photographer. Ask them about the photographer's personality. Ask to see the photos. Ask about their overall experience during the whole process. Ask for the photographer's website. All of this info will help in making a good decision on a qualified professional.
If you can't get any recommendations from friends or family, you will probably check the internet next. Most likely, you will find hundreds and hundreds of photographers in your area. Without the input from a trusted friend or recent client, how will you decide? Obviously, you will want to check out their photographs to see if you like their particular style, but don't forget to pay attention to other aspects of their site. Read the "about" page, testimonials, rates, and check out the contact page to make sure they can be contacted easily and by more than one way. These details will help you check the organizational skills, as well as, personality, and price range of the photographer. Then you can begin narrowing them down.
You may be thinking, "Hey Jake, there are so many good photographers, I still can't decide!" Well, now the most dreaded task in our text/chat culture comes to the forefront: the phone call! You may not want to. You may think an email will suffice. You may think their great website was good enough to just go ahead and schedule without putting much thought into the phone call. If you're used to a department store photo studio, that could be the reason you may think photographers just push a button. And if you think about the stressful and/or drab experience, you will realize that personality is a big part of getting great images and, of course, having fun while creating them! So, make the phone call! Get a feel for the photographer's personality. A good personality will make your photo experience memorable and so much fun!