5 tips to find your dream photographer
It’s said that the only thing you want to take with you when your house is on fire is your photo albums ( besides saving your family and pets of course! )
Photos are memories for a lifetime, therefore choosing the right photographer for your event is crucial. Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday party, or a corporate event, working with the most appropriate photographer can help preserve the essence of the occasion.
A photographer is an artist and, as all artists, they have an area of expertise. Some of them love working in fashion, others only with products, reporters, etc.
Therefore, before digging into a deep research, I would recommend you to define the style of the photographer you are looking for and what type of result you want.
For instance, if you are hiring a photographer for a conference, you would like pictures of the speakers when they talk, the VIP guests with your company logo, etc. On the other hand, for a kid’s birthday party, you may like group photos with family and friends, pictures of children playing or doing activities, etc.
Be sure you collaborate with someone who has done your type of event before. Here are some tips to help you find the best photographer:
Look for Emotion
The most impressive photographs of events are those that evoke emotion. Look for photographs that capture the joy, excitement, or even the solemnity of the event. These are the images that will take you back to that moment and make you feel like you’re reliving it.
As mentioned previously, this point is even more relevant when discussing social events: weddings, birthdays, baby showers, etc.
Lighting is critical in photography. Look for photographs with effective lighting, with the subject well-lit and free from harsh shadows or overexposure. Check for consistency of lighting throughout the photograph, and avoid photographs with bright spots or dark areas that detract from the subject.
If you’re having trouble choosing your photograph, seek feedback from others. Ask your close friends and family who may have done a similar event before for help with pre-selection.
Another idea is to use social media for recommendations. Don’t be shy and ask for suggestions. Most reputable professionals are recommended by others.
Take Your Time
Don’t rush through the process. Take your time to review all the images carefully, and consider the event context.Interview at least 3 different photographers before making a final decision.
Ask yourself what message or feeling you want the photograph to convey, and choose the image that truly captures that essence.
Don’t forget to check online reviews.
Follow your instinct
You will instantly know if you like the person in front of you during an interview. As humans, it is normal not to get along with everyone. However, for something as meaningful as your event photos, I would definitely choose someone I like and feel comfortable with.
This is my traditional advice and it applies to all the suppliers you may need, at least those you will be in contact directly.