Updated: Mar 1
How do you find a professional photographer? There are a million photographers out there and it can be extremely overwhelming when you're trying to find the right fit for you. That's why I've put together some helpful tips for you to find the best professional photographer for you!
1) The Business Basics
For your safety, professional photographers should hold a valid business license and both equipment and liability insurance. In most cases they will also have an active website for their business and not just a social media page. There will also be contracts in place to clearly set expectations between you and your photographer and to keep you both protected. If any of these things are missing, it's a red flag.
Check out their reviews from other customers. Do the testimonials describe an experience that you want to have? Be cautious of photographers who have no available testimonials or references.
3) Do you like their style?
It's important to find someone who's portfolio reflects a style that you love! Editing and retouching are a huge part of the process so you need to find a photographer whose artistic style speaks to you!
4) Do they specialize?
You wouldn't go to a pet photographer and ask them to photograph your wedding, right? If you're looking for a dance photographer, find someone who understands movement and how to capture it. If you're searching for a portrait photographer, find someone who has a strong portfolio full of incredible portraits. If you're looking for the best results, find someone who specializes in what you want!
5) Do you get along with them?
Find a photographer who you enjoy spending time with! Your images will turn out so much better if you feel comfortable with your photographer. Do your best to get to know them and don't be afraid to ask any questions you may have! You should feel heard, supported, and excited to work with your photographer - don't settle for less!
I hope these tips help guide you in your search for a great photographer. Do you have other tips you'd like to share? Comment below!