How to choose a good photographer in Hackney?
Learn 5 things you need to know to know to ensure the best for your family
Choosing a photographer is a very personal decision. Will they capture the love in your family? What is ‘lifestyle photography’ anyway? Finding the right person is a little like browsing through a holiday brochure. The glossy pictures promise glorious beaches, luxurious hotels and exceptional services. Here is the first hurdle – will they live up to their promises? You want a holiday where your family can spend time together, enjoy the locality and share a fabulous experience. Get all the worries out of the way before hand with these tips, helping you find the right photographer for your family.
#1 Call your photographer
It’s important your photographer ‘clicks’ with your children. Although there’ll be lots of information on their website, a quick conversation over the phone will give you a chance to get a sense of the person. You might want to ask specific questions to help you understand how they can help you (3 questions to ask). In the end, trust your instincts.
#2 Look through their galleries
Booking a photographer is more than finding the right person. It also involves their success stories. You can screen their work by:
- viewing their most recent posts
- look for feedback from other families
- ask how they describe their work
This will help you understand the level of the photographer’s experience and commitment – it’s important to know what you are paying for.
#3 Services, rates and experience
What exactly is ‘cheap’ or ‘expensive’? You can get a good idea about the relationship between quality and price by doing a little market research. If you see a big difference between prices, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are being ‘conned’. Remember the plan to book a holiday, no-one really believes a journey booked with ‘Easyjet’ is a trick. Decide if you want to enjoy the services offered by Butlins, Thomas Cook or the Orient Express – there are photographers to fit all budgets. The difference in quality, experience and enjoyment will be reflected in the price.
#4 Will they help you?
Planning a portrait session can take a lot of time. Ask your photographer for a welcome pack or ‘what to expect’ brochure to take you through the process from first contact, on the day and afterwards. You’ll want to feel confident you know what happens, every step of the way (make sure you get all your questions answered).
#5 What do you need to know?
- Contact details – make sure you have a business address, mobile and professional email so know where to go if you need to get in touch quickly.
- Contracts – the heart of the matter – what exactly do you get for the price? There’s a whole series of services that modern photography demands (prints or digital images, delivery time, types of retouching, presentation, image use), make sure there are no surprises.
- Payment – you will be asked to pay a deposit to secure your date. This will give you confidence that the photographer is committed to the collaboration. Most photographers take a cancellation fee, so read the small print.
A large part of the service that a photographer provides can’t be quantified – experience, artistry and vision. Very often a luxury holiday surpasses your hopes – cobalt sea, warm breezes and delicious food. When you luxuriate on the beach and London is a distant memory, you’ll feel pleased you took the plunge and booked your holiday. That’s why it’s a good idea to take full advantage of your portrait session.
I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session in London is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful, your thoughts on the blog and all things photographic! I’ll be posting more ideas next week, see you again. Mandy
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by a London photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.