It’s that time of year when Southern Mamas search for local photographers offering Holiday photos! You’ve also probably noticed a rather large range in prices. So how do you really know if a photographer is worth their rate? Here’s a list of tips to keep in mind when choosing a photographer.
1. Read reviews and ask for recommendations.
Post on local groups asking for recommendations with photos for reference. Most people are more than willing to oblige and share their experience.
2. View their portfolio.
Once you have a few recommendations do a little investigating. Check out their business page, look at past photos, check the dates on those to see how often and how long they’ve been photographing in the area and again read the REVIEWS.
3. Ask Questions.
Once your find a photographer with an aesthetic you like don’t be afraid to ask questions.
How much experience do you have in this field?
What is the turnaround time to deliver the pictures in digital or printed format?
Is photography your primary source of income or is it just a side job/hobby?
Where is your favorite location for photo shoots? I like to ask this questions because these locations are their favorite for a reason and they probably have experience with their most successful shoots in these locations.
Tip: Mid-morning and afternoon are the best times for taking outdoor photos (avoiding high noon because of unflattering harsh shadows).
Finally, in my opinion, a professional photographer will direct you during a shoot. So ask: Will you tell us what to do and how to pose? A good photographer doesn’t need tons of time to produce good photos.
4. Compare Price
Price for the photo-shoot depends on different things like time, equipment, photographer’s experience level, traveling costs, etc. Get at least 3 to 4 estimates from different photographers to see where they fit in based on what they offer.
5. Don’t be afraid to share your budget.
If you have a budget let them know what its is and see if they are able to find a package that will fit your budget. Thrifty Tip: Look for photographers new to the area trying to build a clientele, they usually offer great introductory rates!
Best of luck! We have a wonderful assortment of talented photographers in the Lowcountry to choose from! Check out Photographers in our Business Directory to get started.