The occasion is coming: A wedding, your kid's senior portraits, a new baby, or even capturing photos of your furry friend. Whatever the event might be, you need a photographer.
"But there are so many photographers out there, how in the heck am I supposed to choose one?"
Don't worry! You can narrow it down. There are a few major things you need to take into consideration when choosing a photographer for your special event. The three categories I will talk about will be your budget, the photographer's style, and your compatibility with the photographer. All three of these things (in my opinion) are crucial to having a great experience when it comes to hiring a photographer.
Obviously, the budget is important to you as a consumer. You will be the one paying for the service, so having a budget range in mind is crucial when searching around for a photographer. Make sure you are honest with your photographer when it comes to your budget, because many of us will do what we can to work with you. Some photographers offer their pricing on their website, but some don't. If you like a photographer's work, but they don't list their prices or you have questions about it, don't be afraid to reach out to them!
Every photographer is different, which means every photographer will shoot and edit their images differently. Keep their style in mind and picture yourself in their shots. When you go to their websites, ask yourself some questions. Do you like the color of their photographs? Are their photos consistent? Do you like the composition? How does the photographer's work make you feel? Can you imagine yourself in these pictures? How would these pictures look on your wall?
Lastly, you need to be able to get along well with your photographer. Everyone has a different personality and you need to make sure your photographer will be somebody you actually want to work with. If you don't like your photographer, it possible that it could show in the images. Plus, you could leave feeling like it wasn't worth it. When you talk to a potential photographer on the phone or meet up with them in person, make sure they make you feel comfortable and at ease. Again, if you feel uneasy or confused, it could show in your photographs. A good photographer will know how to give you not only great photos, but a great experience as well.
What I'm trying to say is, do what feels right. Don't stress out too much and trust your photographer! Making photographs should be fun for both parties!