Questions for an Isle of Wight Portrait Photographer
Remember – questions are a means to getting to know someone better, to get a sense of their personality and outlook on life. These questions will help you feel confident in your choice of photographer.
- I want photos for my dating website – this tells the photographer you’ll need causal, unposed images in a park
- I want photos for my website – this helps the photographer take horizontal images that can be used for banners
- I want photos for my family – now the photographer will think about a range of classic shots as well as something fun
2. How long have you been taking photographs?
Look for a photographer that has produced a consistent body of work. Try this:
- Look back through their archives to their first blog post, do you like their style?
- Take a peek at their instagram account as this will give you a sense of their personality.
- Use social media to explore a wider body of work, photographers love to share, share, share.
As a hobbyist I started out taking travel photos in 2006. You can see my first travel photographs here when I covered Marco Polo’s journey on the silk road.
4. What can you offer for my budget?
Bespoke portraits are expensive. Find a photographer that suits your budget. Look through their price list. Feel confident in your choice and manage your expectations to avoid disappointment.
5. Are you insured?
The only correct answer is yes.
6. Do you work with an assistant?
Some photographers work with assistants. Some don’t. It’s certainly great to have another pair of eyes to check all the little details during the session. Very often the assistant will carry bags, keep a watchful eye over your belongings and hold the reflector.
Sometimes I work with assistants, all of them have become friends. If you’d like to join me on a shoot, get in touch using the contact page.
“I collaborated with Mandy for her portrait session in London. She has fantastic, bubbly personality. Her work method and how she put the nervous model at ease so professional. She gives lots of simple directions and makes you laugh. She takes images what you will hang on your wall.” Krisztian Sipos SWPP
7. How do you achieve your style?
Quality portraits are created through patience, empathy and the search for beautiful portrait options. Each stage should lead you to natural portraits that honestly and authentically convey the happiness and laughter in your life.
I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session on the Isle of Wight 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 an Isle of Wight photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight