You have a very special event coming up and you need a photographer. What do you do? Call friends, look for references, google, facebook, tweet etc..Thanks to social media and the amazing affordable cost of camera equipment, finding a photographer is not much of a hassle these days, is it? But how do you know if you have chosen the right photographer for your event? Here is a check list that can help you find one.
1. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
Before you go looking for a photographer, you should make a mental note of what type of photos you want to see. Do you want candid pictures, standard or traditional type, photobooth, a mix of candid and traditional pictures etc? You don’t want to hire someone who cannot give you what you expect. So, be clear before you go looking.
2. GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK ARE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT
You may rely on social networking sites for everything but a little caution here. These sites may not necessarily give you what you are looking for. So, you can most definitely use these sites to do further research on your photographer but do not type “BEST PHOTOGRAPHER” and blindly click on the top 5 choices. What you can do however is search the internet for some of the photographers and their past work, check out their website and client list, write to or call the references provided by the photographer or you could call the photographer and ask him/her to send you some pictures of his work, ask him to provide references etc.
3. RELY ON FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
References always help. Go back to your phone book, call a few friends or family to check if they can provide you with some references for photographers. Once you get a couple of leads, go back to step 2 and scour the internet to check out their work.
4. DO NOT COMPROMISE
It may be tough to get a photographer who understands what you want but do not compromise on the quality of photographs. Talk or meet prospective photographers and make sure they are on the same wavelength as you are. Make a list of things you ar