4 tips for choosing a photographer
An experienced portrait photographer is essential to getting great portraits.
Below are four tips to consider when choosing a photographer - style, quality, experience and price.
To ensure you get the images, you want to choose a photographer whose style most resonates with you. My portrait style is contemporary, focusing on capturing personality and authenticity. I love keeping portraits simple without overpowering them with props or unnatural posing.
Explore a photography portfolio as well as their recent sessions. Look for consistency in their work. To get the perfect portrait the first time, hire with quality assurance. Amateur portfolios have a couple of accidentally good images from many sessions. You risk that there may be only one or two good images from your session. I pose and angle people to flatter their body type with carefully crafted lighting and framing. My photos are sharp, properly exposed and framed well.
Years of experience may not necessarily equate to quality; a photographer with expertise has often had the time to master their craft. I have over 19 years of portrait photography experience and have honed my craft.
Although the price is essential, it is not the most important one. Like any quality product or service, good photography is expensive because it is not easy to create quality images. Lousy photography is even more costly. If you don't like your photos, you have wasted time and money. If there is a chance to do the portrait shoot again, you will spend more money on the re-shoot for a better photographer. It's often less expensive to get it right the first time.