Every family has a story and it is the job of a photographer to capture that story. These days it seems there are so many photographers to choose from, how do you choose the right one for you? Whether you are looking for a family photographer, you have a high school senior, or you are planning a wedding, finding the right photographer makes all the difference. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right photographer for you.
MATCH YOUR STYLE….
Find a photographer that has the style you are looking for. In the photography industry the way a photographer shoots and edits images defines their style. You really need to take a little bit of time and look thru images of local photographers to see which style you most identify with. Some photographers’ images are very light and airy while others are a little bit more dark and moody. Both styles are beautiful in their own right but which one speaks to you? Another thing to consider about style is the type of photos the photographer produces. Do you want traditional poses or more of a lifestyle shoot or a little bit of both? What’s the difference? Well traditional poses are pretty self-explanatory. Lifestyle photography is more along the lines of candid shots, almost documentary images of your family during the session. Most lifestyle photographers will always capture some posed pictures but most of the images will be candid.
DON’T GO BROKE…
Find a photographer you can afford but also be prepared to spend a little bit of money. It is true what they say, you really do get what you pay for. You don’t have to spend a small fortune for beautiful photographs but keep in mind you will most likely look at these photographs for years to come so be willing to spend a little bit of money to get what you are looking for. Professional photographs are an investment no matter how you slice it. The question is how much can you afford and how much are you willing to spend.
Last but not least ask a friend! Have you seen someone’s photos and thought “I would love those in my home”? Asking for recommendations from people you know is probably the most trusted way to find a lead for just about anything. A lot of photographers get most of their business by word of mouth. Remember if you do end up using a photographer that someone recommended and you are happy with the result be sure to pass it along.
Hopefully these tips have been helpful in making the process of choosing the right photographer a little bit easier. Sometimes you have to do a little leg work to get the results you are looking for. But a little due diligence can go a long way to bringing you years of joy!