Hiring a Photographer? Don't Sign Anything Until You've Asked These 7 Questions

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An unforgettable event’s ability to remain “unforgettable” is often largely dependent on hiring a great photographer. Here are seven questions that will help you choose the right one.

1. Are You Qualified? (and Can You Prove It?)

Almost everyone has a digital camera these days, meaning there might be a lot of amateurs and imposters out there posing as seasoned pros. When planning for any event, large or small, make sure your photographer is both experienced and talented.
Any professional should be able — and delighted — to provide you with credentials and a portfolio in order to demonstrate that they’re adequately qualified. Take any resistance or hesitation as an immediate red flag and move on to your next option.

2. What Is Your Area of Expertise? And What’s Your Particular Style?

If you’re planning a wedding, it’s probably safe to assume that you don’t want to hire a sports photographer. The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) suggest browsing portfolios and past jobs in order to determine that a professional’s style meshes with what it is that you’re attempting to capture.
The more confident you are in the photographer’s ability, the more comfortable you’ll feel in front of the camera.

3. Can You Make Me Laugh?

Personality and photography usually go hand-in-hand. A good photographer should have the ability to make people feel at ease while also bringing out their personalities. This is crucial when it comes to capturing intimate moments and authentic emotion.
Remember that they’re not just documenting the event, but in many ways, they’re a part of it. So be sure that their personality fits in nicely with the group.

4. What If…?

“What if it rains?” or “What if you get sick?” Seasoned, professional photographers will always have a contingency plan just in case. If they get sick, they should have a backup on call.
If a camera breaks, they should have a replacement charged up and ready-to-go. You should be able to focus on enjoying your special occasion; let the photographer deal with Murphy and his miserable law.

5. What Makes You Special?

Today’s Bride Magazine suggests that you sit down with at least three different photographers before making your final decision. Go over your prospects’ portfolios, experience, and strengths, and compare them. Don’t always jump at the first thing you see. Providing yourself with as many options as possible is key when it comes to choosing the perfect one.

6. What’s Included in Your Package?

This is one of the most important questions on the list. Does the photographer charge by the hour? Will they be rushing off to get to another event? What kind of equipment will they bring? Get all of these details down on paper before you sign. That way, you won’t be in for any nasty surprises when the big day finally arrives.

7. Do You Print with AdoramaPix?

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect photographer, make sure you get the perfect prints to match. Relive your unforgettable event whenever you want with a beautiful photo book, textured prints, or personalized cards from AdoramaPix.
With a variety of affordable, high-quality options designed for any occasion, AdoramaPix has become the clear choice for consumers and experienced professional photographers alike.