Important Things to Ask When Hiring a Photographer
Professional photographers do more than just taking pictures: they use their training and experience to consistentlycapture those once-in-a-lifetime moments. If you’ve used a professional photographer before, you will understand this.
But, how do you find a professional photographer that’s just right for you? The folks at Professional Photographers of America (PPA) have been around for 145 years and can tell you how to find the best photographer for you.
Here are the most important questions they recommend asking prospective photographers:
- What’s your background and credentials?
- Are you insured?
- Do you have a gallery of wedding images to review?
- Will you be available for an Engagement Session?
- Do you have an assistant and what does she/he do? How about a second photographer for larger events?
- What does your fee include and what’s the delivery timeline?
- Do you have a backup photographer?
- Do you have backup equipment?
- Do you have a written contract?
Perhaps the most important thing to look for when hiring a photographer is to find one that you both trust professionally and like personally. If you don’t, you risk losing those precious moments forever, won’t have as much fun the day of, will waste money and all that will reflect in your photos. This is even more important for weddings since you will be spending practically the whole day with your photographer.
The more at ease you are with your photographer, the better your pictures will be. So, pay close attention to your rapport with the photographer as you move through this list of questions. A skilled professional will ask you additional questions and offer creative ideas that an amateur would never think of.
Entrusting your photography to a professional means you’ll get what you pay for! For example, PPA photographers abide to a strict code of ethics and have unique skills and training in the artistry and technology of creating beautiful images that reflect exactly the images you want to portray. A Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) will be an even greater assurance that you are in good professional hands and will get the images you are looking for, and most likely, love!
Remember, anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when you’ve only got one chance to capture life’s biggest moments, you better make sure the person behind the camera is a PRO.
Anand Jayaraman (AJ), CPP