Hiring an Event Photographer

As soon as you set a date for your event, begin researching event photography in your area. Ask for recommendations from friends and family members. Your venue may also be able to provide referrals. Many photographers have web sites where potential clients can view samples of their past work. Study their work carefully; do the subjects look happy, relaxed, and natural, or do the poses seem awkward and artificial? Does the photographer use extensive retouching techniques, and do the results look natural and pleasing? Pay close attention to facial expressions. Try to discern the photographer’s specialty. Beautiful wedding photos require a different approach than head shots for your corporate newsletter. You want to hire an event photographer whose skills and style will mesh with your needs and taste.

Schedule interviews as early as possible. Event photographers are often among the first professionals hired for a special day, and you may need to speak with several individuals before you find someone who will suit your needs.

When interviewing potential photographers, trust your instincts. A photographer should present themselves in a neat, professional manner, listen to your concerns and desires, and discuss honestly with you the extent and limitations of their skills and abilities. Try to get a feel for the photographer’s personality, and ensure they will work seamlessly within the boundaries of your event; hiring a photographer who is bossy, pushy, or overbearing can ruin even the most carefully-planned day. Ask how long the photographer has been in business, and ask to see more samples of their work. If possible, speak with past clients, and find out if they were satisfied with the service they received.