There are several important milestones in life that should require hiring a professional photographer. Many life events don’t require hiring a professional and basic snapshots will do. Some may only hire a professional a few times or more over the years for births, first birthdays, senior images, family portraits and weddings. It can be difficult to decide on a photographer for your special event or milestone.
So what are some of the criteria you should use for hiring a professional? I’m going to go over a few points to help you choose the next time you need to hire a photographer.
Let’s talk about money. Let’s face it, everyone wants to save money!! Money is hard earned and the more we can save the better right? Not exactly, have you ever heard the old saying “You get what you pay for?” It’s true!! Money should not be your deciding factor when selecting a Photographer. You may save a lot of money on those newborn, senior or wedding portraits but you might also get sub-par portraits. Of course I’m not encouraging anyone to go bankrupt or spend the mortgage payment on a photographer but most of us have an iPhone in our pocket that costs upwards of $1,000. Hire the best you can afford, not the cheapest.
Friends and family. Everyone knows someone that knows someone that has a camera! A lot of people hire a friend or family member out of loyalty. They are afraid their friend or family will be upset with them if they don’t choose them as their photographer. A great rule of thumb is, don’t mix business with pleasure unless they are a great photographer and you really love their work. Don’t hire your friend to do your important portraits out of loyalty to them or because they are a great bargain. What if you hate the pictures and are now stuck with awful images out of loyalty? Don’t be that person who regrets not hiring someone else.
So what is the criteria? Love, plain and simple love. You hire a photographer because you love their work, that’s it in a nutshell. It couldn’t be easier. You look at their website, Instagram, and Facebook to see what their work looks like. Most photographers will have their work available for you to see. If you find a photographer whose work you love, hire them. If you hire someone for any other reason there is a very good possibility you won’t be happy with your portraits. I’ve never purchased a piece of artwork that I didn’t love, and I wouldn’t hang a portrait on the wall that I didn’t love either.
Choose wisely my friends.