5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Photographer


October 29, 2020

Professional photography is a luxury service that many people only purchase once a year or during major milestones. For this reason, I cannot tell you enough how important it is to choose the right photographer for you. Your photographer wants to create keepsake images that your family will cherish for years to come, and that will only happen if you have taken the time to make sure you have chosen the right photographer for your needs and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a family session, engagement photos, or even your wedding photographer, always ask these questions before booking any photographer!

What style of photos am I drawn to? As a photographer, it pains me to hear about friends and clients who go through the process of booking a photo session and then being disappointed with the end result. Everyone has a unique taste in photography styles, so avoid the mistake of choosing a photographer just because their style is trendy or- even worse- because you know them personally. Choose a style of photography that you will be proud to display on the walls of your home!

Is this photographer able to consistently create the style I want? Along those same lines, be sure to look over every photographer’s portfolio for consistency. Think about your favorite coffee shop; you wouldn’t keep going back to that shop if you weren’t confident in the consistency of their coffee. It becomes your favorite because when you walk through the door, you know exactly what you will be paying for. Photography is the same way- make sure that you are hiring a photographer that can create the style you love time and time again just like your favorite cup of coffee.

How much am I willing to spend? As I mentioned, photography is a luxury experience, which usually comes with a luxury price tag. In addition, because photography is an art, you will find a huge variety in prices based on a number of factors. While I definitely do not recommend choosing a photographer only based on their prices, it is always beneficial to know what you are willing to spend for photography services even before you reach out to a photographer!

How many photos will I receive? Photographers use different business models for deciding how many images to deliver to clients. Some photographers will charge a lower session price and provide a set number of images (think 10-15 images) and offer the option to purchase more photos. Others, like me, will charge slightly higher prices and provide you with the full gallery from your session. Know ahead of time what type of session you are looking for and what you plan to use the photos for, and that will help you to decide if a photographer will provide you with enough images in your desired price range.

When will I receive my photos? While I do not recommend basing your entire decision on this one question, it is important to consider. Gallery delivery timelines can vary based on a number of factors, such as how many sessions a photographer does per week or whether the photographer has another job outside of photography. Always be sure to ask your photographer what kind of timeline they guarantee for photo delivery so you won’t be caught off guard if you don’t receive your images for several weeks or even months!

I love hearing that clients are thrilled with their choice in a photographer and I truly hope that these tips will help you to make the right choice in the future! If you ever have any questions about making the decision or need someone to talk you through the process, I’m only an email away!

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I'm Miranda, a coastal photographer based in Charleston, SC! I believe in documenting the real love stories of kindhearted people through bright, timeless imagery and a joyful, simplified experience!

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