When choosing your senior photographer, several factors must be considered to ensure you get the best experience and results. Here are some tips on how to choose your senior photographer: Experience: Consider the photographer’s experience, especially with senior portraits. Experienced photographers often have a better understanding of posing, lighting, and capturing genuine moments. Availability: Confirm […]
When choosing your senior photographer, several factors must be considered to ensure you get the best experience and results. Here are some tips on how to choose your senior photographer:
Consider the photographer’s experience, especially with senior portraits. Experienced photographers often have a better understanding of posing, lighting, and capturing genuine moments.
Confirm the photographer’s availability for your desired date and time. Some photographers may be booked well in advance, especially if they photograph events like weddings. If you know you want a specific photographer, it’s essential to check their schedule well in advance.
Choose a photographer who is creative and willing to try new ideas. Flexibility is important, especially if you have specific poses or concepts in mind. Make sure your photographer respects your safety as well. If they ask you to get in a precarious situation, such as climbing on very steep, jagged rocks, or standing in rushing water, let them know if you don’t feel safe in doing so. Your photographer should respect your wishes. No photograph is worth getting hurt over.
Look at the photographer’s portfolio, and/or blog posts to get a sense of their style and the quality of their work. Ensure their style aligns with your preferences, and that their work is cohesive vs having multiple editing styles.
Communication is key. Ensure the photographer is responsive to your inquiries and is willing to discuss your vision, preferences, and any special requests or limitations you may have.
Discuss potential locations and settings for your senior photos. Whether it’s a studio, outdoor setting, or a combination, make sure it aligns with your vision for your senior portraits. If you have your heart set on a unique location, make sure to ask if there are any entrance and parking fees or required passes, such as National Parks.
While equipment isn’t everything, it can impact the quality of the final images. Does your photographer have professional camera equipment they are familiar with, or are they using a point-and-shoot camera with limited options and lens choices? Is your photographer using editing software such as Lightroom and/or Photoshop to edit your images? How will they deliver your images? Is their gallery and/or blog posts cohesive in color and lighting, or do they bounce around between various editing styles such as light and colorful, dark and moody, or vintage orange-brown tones?
Review your photographer’s contract thoroughly. Pay attention to cancellation policies, retouching options, delivery timelines, and any other terms and conditions. A contract protects both you and your photographer. If your photographer doesn’t have a contract, this could put you both in a situation that was only agreed upon by word of mouth. This turns into a He said/she said situation and is not good for either party. You want to make sure your photographer has a contract.
Inquire about your photographer’s availability and their typical turnaround time for delivering the final images. This is crucial, especially if you have specific deadlines to meet such as prints, graduation cards, albums, and yearbook deadlines for your senior portraits.
I put this one pretty far down the list, as I feel so many things are more important than pricing. Understand the photographer’s pricing structure and what is included in their packages. Does your photographer offer a payment plan or is everything due all at once? Many photographers require a zero balance before they start taking pictures. Make sure there are no hidden fees, and you are comfortable with the overall cost. Remember, cheaper does not always equal better.
Check online reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or family who have used senior photographers. This can provide insights into the photographer’s professionalism and the overall experience. Keep in mind that just because a photographer doesn’t have a lot of online reviews, doesn’t mean they aren’t a great photographer. Take recommendations from Google, word-of-mouth, and social media pages.
I have this last, but I feel like it is one of the MOST important factors. It’s essential to feel comfortable with your photographer. A good personality match can help create a relaxed atmosphere during your session, resulting in more natural and authentic photos. If you feel comfortable with your photographer, you’ll feel comfortable in front of the camera, resulting in relaxed and fun images!
I hope this list has been helpful when choosing your senior photographer.
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