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Photostorie's guide on hiring a photographer

Miami, Florida. USA| October 6th, 2019

So you’d like to be photographed. You either go right to Instagram and search for a local photographer and all of a sudden, you have access to what looks like The Matrix of photographer database. You soon come to realize that the field is superbly competitive. So, how in the world do you pick the right one? Well, here are a few tips on how to find the right person for you.

1. Settle on a style

You were flying through Instagram during that downtime between episodes of your favorite show on Netflix and you saw this amazing amalgam of boudoir, lifestyle photos, moody and dreamy destination shoots, and cute mother and baby daughter sessions. Well, most photographers specialize in each of these areas and very few do all of them. Some love fashion, others prefer families and children. Determine how you’d like to be photographed first, then look for a photographer who specializes in that style.

2. Look for a strong Portfolio (preferably a website)

Although Instagram has pretty much become the go-to platform to see a photographer’s work, nine times out of ten, a website is a far more complete portfolio. A diligent and dedicated photographer would have gone the distance in making a proper website where he or she would house their best work. Instagram is cool, but it has become far more of an advertising tool than what it originally set out to be. So a website portfolio is far more authentic.

3. Look for quality and consistency

There are tons of photorgaphers, and often they even share the same equipment. But they are unique. They have different styles and you need to find one that has the style you prefer. They have different ways of lighting, editing their work, posing, and more. Find someone whose images speak to you and make you stop in your tracks.

4. Check out reviews from past clients

Look for professionalism, experience, and competence. Choose someone you like. You want to work with a photographer who you feel comfortable with and get along with. If you aren’t, your attitude will undoubtedly reflect in your photographs.

5. Understand their pricing

This is often very confusing as you will see prices from $150 to $5000. Don’t let price be your deciding factor. Instead, try to define and understand the value you are being offered. Know what your budget is and be very realistic.

6. Do they offer a contract

Believe it or not, these release forms or contracts can protect both parties. They often stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all images – even those of you – but that also means that if they are taken without permission, you can also protect your images with said contract. However, be sure to read it carefully and make sure you are comfortable with the contained clauses.

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