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Hiring a Photographer: What You Need To Know

Date Added: August 30, 2012 09:21:18 PM
Author: Lynn Brown
Category: Wedding Photography

If there is one thing most people want at some point in time, it’s some nice pictures of their family. The photography industry has grown dramatically as the technology to support it has advanced. While people do have the capabilities now days to take good quality images from their camera phones, many people are still choosing to hire a professional photographer to do the job. This is especially true for important events, such as weddings. Here are a few things you should be looking for when you are setting out to hire a professional photographer, whether you need one for a wedding, or a family portrait:



  • Make sure you like their artistic point of view. Most photographers have their own artistic uniqueness and it’s very important that their “photographic style” goes well with your tastes. This is not to say that you can’t like something you’re not used to. In fact, many times an artist can present a new idea to you that you might not be used to at first, but develop an attraction for. At the same time, there could be some photographers that are just completely distant from what you are expecting. The best way to quickly see what their style is like is to view their portfolio. Most professional photographers will have nicely bound books of their past work at their office, and or all of their past work on their website. Take the time to look through all of their work to see what they are capable of.

  • Another thing you want to look for is their knowledge of the equipment they use. Professional photography equipment is expensive, and the cameras can be extremely complex. Most certified photographers have taken the time to be trained and learn all the different features of their cameras. The more they know about them the better they will be able to capture the best photo in any situation, specifically lighting. The best way to find out about their knowledge is to ask them what model of camera they use and what they like most about it. Maybe ask them if they have taken and kind of training classes. Many of the good ones have even been an instructor for such classes.

  • The final thing you should watch for when trying to decide which photographer to hire goes back to their past work. The difference here is that you are not looking at their work, but speaking with people who have used them before. One of the main reasons people buy something is because other people have said good things about whatever is being sold. Speaking with their past clients is a great way to understand how they work from start to finish. You will often find that most professional photographers will gladly give you some referrals to contact.


There are several other things you can check when looking to hire a photographer, especially if you are hiring them for a major event. The three tips mentioned above are some of the major things people should seek to learn about as they can provide some useful insights into how good a photographer really is.


This article was provided by Lynn Brown Photography, a group of experienced Atlanta photographers.

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