Choosing the Right Photographer for You
When choosing the right photographer for you, it's important to consider three (3) main things:
Style & Feel of Photos
This would have to be probably the most important aspect of choosing the right photographer. Do the images the photographer displays make you feel something? Do you like the style and the overall feel of the images in their portfolio or do they have ability to create images to suit your individual tastes? You will most likely find that the majority of photographers have a particular style or way an image comes across and if you love the look and feel, it's safe to say that you will be more than happy with what the photographer will create for you.
I have a blend of two distinct styles. One would be described as soft, warm and a little heady, reminiscent of the romance vintage era. These images don't necessarily include props and clothing from that era, but more so are inspired by that era and may include warmer, softer tones with cinematic overtones.
The other, Documentary Style, comprise images that are more spontaneously captured. These images are created through a more naturally flowing and organic process with little editing. What makes documentary photography so special is how specific images unique to an individual or family are captured, lending to an authenticity that shows the true nature and personalities of the subjects. Whilst not always black and white images, they are often used in documentary style, because it allows you to focus quickly on the emotion of the image to give a precise idea of the story that is being told.
What I do differently to other photographers is that for each and every client, I apply an overall style that I feel represents the over-reaching style of my client. I endeavour to get a deeper understanding of what makes people tick. This enables me to get a clear vision of what they would like to see in their images, and then I apply my own unique creative stamp on the images to create something that is truly unique and that embodies who my clients are.
This aspect is often overlooked when choosing a photographer, because most would have you believe that it is enough that you like the images and you are happy with the pricing. However, I strongly believe that this is one of the most important things to consider when choosing your photographer, because it's how you get along, communicate and most importantly...connect with that person. The more you feel at ease and connect with your photographer, the smoother and more relaxed it will be for everyone concerned, turning a 'photo session' into an experience to be met with genuine joy. When you have these ingredients it will positively influence how your photos will be captured, creating more significant memories and beautiful images.
With all my packages, I include a Pre-Session Consultation. This is to ensure that you as the client feels comfortable with me before your shoot and we feel happy to be working together to achieve a happy outcome for you. It's also important for me, as your photographer to feel comfortable about working with you as I start to get a feel for who you are and how to create and capture images that authentically represent you and/or your family.
Professionalism and service that is highly personal is something I also believe is important and will differentiate one photographer from another.
This is the last aspect to consider when choosing a photographer. And many may disagree and say it should be first, and is understandable as everyone will have their own individual budgets to consider. So let me put it this way...what price do you put on your memories? Are your special moments worth preserving? Anything to which you attach great value or deem as a high priority you will justify the outlay. Something to consider is whether your photographer has invested in their business by providing professional, quality equipment, what professional associations they are part of to ensure they are meeting the industry standards and whether they are continually investing in their ongoing education and photographic and creative skills.
But when it really comes down to it, what's most important at the end of the day is how your memories are created and captured in a way that you will remember for not only your lifetime, but perhaps for generations to come. Photos and images of our changing lives are a way to enable us to stop and remember poignant times in our lives and that of our families. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, when we have moments and periods of challenge and also as we age, our history and moments we've created over our lifetime become even more significant to us. Because sometimes that's all we have to cling to...how we've contributed, who we've shared our lives with, and that our lives have made a difference."