Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tips for Hiring a Photographer for Your Event

The special moments in your life should be preserved with beautiful photographs, and event photographers are the talented professionals who make it happen. An event photographer can capture the significance of any occasion and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Since finding the right photographer is very important, here are some tips to help from professional event photographers:

-- Get acquainted with the photographer's style. You should decide what photographic style you like best for your event; do you prefer artistic, photojournalistic or traditional? Also, look at the photographer's references from other clients since this can give you valuable insight into his or her professionalism and personality. (From Birgit Pol)

-- Learn the photographer's personality. You need to figure out if your personality will mesh well with the photographer's and if you feel totally comfortable with him or her. You should always feel at ease when it comes to asking questions or making requests. Additionally, you need to look at photos from an entire event, not just a couple of samples; you need to be sure the photographer can shoot an entire event well from beginning to end. (From Aspen Grove Photography)

-- Ask lots and lots of questions. A few important questions to ask the photographer:
- Will you shoot the entire event yourself or will it be an associate?
- How many events like mine have you done in the last year?
- Is this your full-time profession or do you just photograph on the side?
- Do you have backup equipment?
- Are you a member of any professional associations?
- How many years have you been a professional photographer?
- What are the turnaround times for delivery of images and/or products?
(From RSVP Studios)

-- Discuss the fine print. Ask the photographer if he or she has a proper business license and if they have professional liability insurance. Also, be sure to find out about copyrights and usage of the images, and ask about payment schedules, cancellations, rescheduling and refunds of retainers. (from Dieter Chaney Photography)

-- The photographer should have questions for you as well. Any photographer you're considering should have lots of questions for you, too. These include things like your vision for the images overall, the event timeline and other basic information. When you've found a photographer you're very interested in, here are three questions to ask yourself before booking:
Price - Does this photographer fit into my budget?
Value - Is the package a good deal?
Intangibles - Is the photographer well presented, on-time, have good references, is friendly?
(From Photographer Marc Pagani)

If you feel comfortable with your answers, and you've done all the research, you should feel confident in your choice!


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