Whether you have organised a 100th birthday party or you are planning an elaborate wedding, a professional photographer at the event to take photos throughout the proceedings is a must have.
Even if you fancy yourself as quite a good photographer, or your mother or grandmother is obsessed with their new camera and takes hundreds of photos every day, you should still hire a professional.
A professional photographer will know how to pose your party members, will know the best locations to get your good sides, will know about lighting issues and saturation and will be able to capture a side of your event that you might have only glimpsed at through the photos of friends.
It sounds a little pretentious, I know, but a professional photographer is specifically trained to know what will look good and what won’t. They will be able to capture good shots of the whole event once both you and your relatives have long put the camera down; because that is what they have been hired for.
If you are busy taking photos of your event you can’t fully enjoy yourself, because you are busy looking for photo opportunities whereas a professional photographer will be able to scout out for you, leaving all the fun to you. It is a situation that presents a number of benefits.
So how do you find your perfect photographer?
Make your Intentions Clear
There are photographers who have attended events having been told one thing, but have had a lot more expected from them. While their prices can be steep, they are paid well because they are good at their jobs so it is important that you are clear with them from the start. If you want a wedding photographer, you cannot hire someone just for a few headshots and expect a full wedding service. That will only annoy the photographer and upset everybody. Don’t skimp out on this!
Always be honest and open with your photographer. They provide different services at different pricing levels for a reason. Some services require a lot more equipment, or require a different eye for detail and your photographer wants to do the best job for the service you have chosen. Do your research carefully and make sure you have clear communication with the photographer so that they know what is required of them.
Get a Specialist
This is tied in with our previous point as some photographers ‘specialise’ in a certain type of event. It is no good hiring a baby photographer for a wedding shoot. They specialise in certain events because they know they are good at it and can provide a service of an extremely high standard. If you take your photographer out of his or her element, you end up risking bad shots with horrible exposure and a disgruntled photographer and guests at the end of the event. Play it safe, and if you’re thinking of hiring for a wedding event, for example, look only at the portfolios of ‘wedding photographers’.
Giving your photographer as much detail as you can about the actual location of the venue means that they have time to prepare for any size or lighting constraints that the venue itself might put forward. If your photographer knows very little about the event, how can they be expected to provide a first class service? They know what equipment they need to make you look stunning, but if they don’t know much about the venue, they won’t know whether or not they will need the equipment.
Hiring a photographer within a similar catchment area to your chosen venue might be a good idea. For example, venues in London are often quite well known so your chosen photographer may have shot there before, particularly if it is popular and used for events similar to your own. Research is key!
A decent photographer will work extremely hard to make sure they put your event in the best light possible. By conducting relevant research and being open and honest with your potential photographer, you can create a beneficial relationship between both parties that results in a set of gorgeous photos that will last a lifetime. It is certainly worth the time and effort spent into researching your ideal photographer.
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