“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
Many of the customers that have contacted me to hire my services as a photographer and videographer come as referrals. I think that hearing from someone that you know and trust is a great starting point. However, when the time to meet with the photographer arrives, you must prepare yourself with the right questions and to know what to look for. These following tips will allow you to understand more of the photographer’s responsibilities as well making sure that photographer clearly understands your set of expectations.
#1. Do not make the mistake of looking for the least expensive photographer. Remember that what you get is what you pay for. Of all the products and services that will be rendered on your special day, the ones that will remain are your precious memories! The food, guests, limo service, cake, and everything else comes and goes, but your photography and video production will remain with you the rest of your life! Therefore, this decision should not be taken lightly and should be prioritized by this fact.
#2. Make sure the photographer is reliable and accountable. If you are setting up a consultation and you are asked to meet at a Starbucks rather than a studio, that is a RED FLAG! It says something about their level of professionalism and what you are most likely going to expect on your special day. Promptness to the meeting and various examples of their work are also must-have items during these consultations. #3. Avoid hiring photography services as part of a package from a reception hall.Reception halls that bundle all the services together as a "One-Stop-Shop" try to sell the convenience aspect of not having to look for a photographer but they are also making huge profits and usually overlook the quality of services. Often, they hire an amateur photographer for a fraction of the cost that they are charging and they keep the difference as profits. I see this happening in the South Bay area all the time! By the time the customer realizes the mistake, it is usually because of sub-quality pictures of the event and at that point the situation is too late to remedy!
#4. Ask the important questions! There are a few questions that are important to ask during a consultation. The answers should weed out the professionals from the rest.
I hope that this article can help guide you in your journey on one of the most important decisions for your event. If you wish to look at our work samples please visit our website at:
Professional Photographer 535 Davidson St. Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 540-7878