Choosing a photographer is tough.
Whether you need someone to photograph your wedding, your baby, or your dog, there are often lots of choices in your area and as a client it can be hard to know which one is going to be the best fit for you. What is the difference between all of these options? How do you make sure you're picking the right one?
The good news is that there is no ONE right answer that fits everyone. Each photographer is different, they offer a different experience, and create different work. But there is a right photographer for you! And I will help you find them.
Here are some important things to keep in mind and help you find the right match for YOU:
1) The look or style of the images.
Do you love the colors in that photographer's portfolio? Can you imagine yourself (or your dog) in those images? Do you love bold colours or something more pastel? Or maybe you're looking for a more moody vibe? Find a photographer whose work you simply love to look at.
2) The location or setting of the images.
Does this photographer primarily use a studio or an outdoor location? Which one excites you the most for your own photos? What are you envisioning for your session?
3) Their reputation.
Do you know a friend who has used this photographer before? If not, can you look at some reviews and see if they resonate with you and make you feel excited about working with this person? Reading what other clients have to say is really helpful. How much did they love their experience? Are they giving details about it that help you imagine yourself in the same scenario? You can find reviews on Google, on Facebook, or even on the photographer's website.
4) Their specialty.
I think this is most important part. What is this photographer known for? What type of photography do they show the most in their portfolio/website? If they're showing weddings but you need photos of your newborn, they might not be the best fit. It's just not what they seem to do the most. And you want someone who has experience. Every type of photography is very different and requires different skill sets. You want to hire someone who knows what they’re doing!
So if their entire website is dedicated to dogs and that's exactly what you're looking for... then you're on the right track.
In the end, you want to take the information available to you and decide on a few really great choices to contact for more information. You can meet up with them in person prior to booking and make sure you get along well and you feel comfortable with them. This initial meeting is so great for both the client and the photographer! It gets your journey off to a wonderful start.
There is a perfect photographer out there for you, and now you have these tools at your disposal to find them!