6 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Photographer
Jun 11, 2020 | By: Jennifer Tanksley-Coss
Choosing the right photographer can be a daunting task in a widely saturated market. The good thing is, with these many options, you will be able to find the perfect match for your personal portrait needs. All you need to do is ask the right questions. The most important thing is to choose a professional with experience who's personality and business conduct aline with your hopes and dreams for the outcome of your portrait session. Below are a few of the questions you may want to ask.
How long have you been a photographer?
The longer a photographer has been in business, the more likely it is that it’s not just a hobby for them. They have the right gear and know how to use it. Most importantly they have the experience to capture you in the most flattering way and bring out everyones personality, rain or shine.
Which types of photography do you specialize in?
It’s uncommon for a photographer to specialize in several different types of photography as they often only specialize in one or sometimes two genres. For example, a photographer who specializes in newborn photography might not be the best candidate to shoot wedding photos unless they have the experience in doing so.
Do you have many repeat clients?
This is a great litmus test of not only the quality of a photographer’s work but of their customer service too.
What is your studio policy on rescheduling a session?
An experienced photographer will definitely have a contract or Portrait agreement for you to sign with a policy in place when it comes to a customer cancelling or rescheduling a photography session. Not only that, it will most probably touch on the topics of
Do not edit/reproduce clause
A photographer with policies indicates that they have experience with different types of customers and situations and have created policies accordingly.
Have you had any experience with (name your specific concern)?
If you have any specific concerns regarding your photo session such as the photographer’s ability to work with a special needs child for example, find out if they have ever handled that type of situation before. Do not dismiss a photographer and their abilities based on their answers to your concerns. If given adequate notice, an experienced photographer should be able to deal with any situation you present them. This is the hallmark of a true pro.
Use your gut to judge their personality and rapport. A photographer’s main job is to capture emotions and moments. If your photographer doesn’t mesh well with you on the phone or in person, chances are you and your family will not mesh well with them at your session and this will show in your photos.