What Are The Most Important Things To Look For In A Photographer?
Kevin: A camera?
Clifford: Shoes. Shoes is a good start.
But seriously, there are so many things you need to consider when you select a photographer. To help you on your journey, here are our 3 things we feel are the most important:
Great photos are a given. The photographer can be young or old, male or female, shoot with a Nikon or Canon. It doesn’t matter. The point is they should be able to know what makes a quality shot. What makes a quality shot? Well, it’s many things: lighting; positioning; post work; creativity; image sharpness, the subject – the list goes on, but at the end of the day this can only be determined by you. As a starting point visit the prospective photographer’s website to browse their photos. If you like their work, add them to your shortlist. If they don’t have a website, they’re not worthy of your time.
Many people experience anxiety when getting their picture taken [it’s that deer in the headlights look I get each time someone asks me a question] so it’s imperative that you feel comfortable with the person taking your photos. You can get a feel for this by reading the photographer’s online posts, by the referral of close trusted friends or by contacting the photographer directly. Pro tip: Don’t waste your time looking at the testimonials featured on the photographer’s website – it’s usually made up.
The two things mentioned above create a level of trust that is afforded to the photographer. Trust is the most important aspect of all commercial photography. Trust in a photographer’s pricing, trust in their punctuality and trust that they can get the shot.
For us, choice is a good thing – wouldn’t you rather have a cheese pallet of options rather than being pigeonholed and having Uncle Bob take your pictures?
This post was brought to you by Ermahgerd Media’s Clifford Wood and…the letter A.
Ermahgerd Media provides high quality headshot and portrait photography to individuals and businesses in and around Melbourne, including the Western suburbs.