Hiring a professional photographer can feel overwhelming. There are so many talented professional photographers out there, but finding the right one for you can take time. If you’re looking for a professional photographer for your wedding photos, maternity photos, graduation photos, or family photos, here are some things you should consider.
Do you like the photos you've seen in their portfolio?
Any professional photographer will have a portfolio of photos for you to look at. Whether their portfolio is on their website or Instagram, devote some time to look at the photos they’ve taken before you contact them. If you’re getting married and you’re working on wedding planning, you know photography is one of the biggest investments you’ll make on your wedding day. Involve your partner in the process while you’re doing your research.
What are other people saying about working with them?
Read their reviews! Check their reviews on Google and see if they have any testimonials on their website or other sites. Ask your friends and family, if they’ve had professional photos taken, who they used, and how they enjoyed working with them. The majority of my clients are referrals and some of the best recommendations will come from your friends and family. If you trust certain people's recommendations, then that's a great place to start when looking for a professional photographer. Ask around.
Is this person someone you want to have take your photos for years to come?
No matter where you are in life, there are many milestones that you’ll want to capture along the way. If you’re newly engaged and planning your wedding, you may want to think about using the same professional photographer as your family grows. If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to think about having the same photographer take your maternity photos, newborn photos, and family photos for many years. It’s always nice to have a professional photographer in your back pocket who you know you can call on to capture any milestone moments in your life you don’t want to forget. So, think about the longevity of potentially working with this person for many years.
It’s always a goal of mine to really get to know my clients and remember little details about them. Watching a family grow and mature is such a beautiful experience that I’m so thankful to be a part of.