Location Portraits0Easy steps to hiring a professional photographer

A big part of what you are paying for is confidence. You’ll want your Isle of Wight headshot photo session to go smoothly, receive wonderful images, and enjoy a great service whilst watching the purse strings.

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Decide what photographs you want – are you celebrating a special event, want to create a gift, or need a professional profile for your media sites? Take time to look through a photographer’s portfolio – what style of photographs do they produce? Does their price list match your budget? Are they able to create a range of products or simple digital packages?

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Initial Contact

Make an appointment for a portfolio viewing, ask for testimonials, or to see their most recent work. Avoid asking them for a price list immediately. You’ll want to find out a bit about them first and be sure that you can work with them creatively and personally.

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Think about

Is there a specific image or product you like? Ask the photographer about it. What do you have at home? How are you using it? When you visit people’s homes, what do you enjoy looking at? Having clarity about what you need the photographs for (social media, book launch, website, business headshot, and fun) help the photographer know what style of imagery to create. Share your ‘must have’ shots with the photographer and talk about what you think of the images on the back of the camera.

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Before the portrait session

Be sure to get a photographer’s terms and conditions to make sure there are no surprises later. Give the photographer all your contact details to ensure he or she can get in touch with you directly before the photography session, and get the same from your photographer. Everyone should have a clear understanding of what to expect.

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During the session – have fun and relax.

If you’ve got to this stage, you know you’ve made the right decision for your photographs. Trust your photographer to guide you through the session. Most clients confess to being anxious at the start of their session, even the most confident of women need a little support. Photographers are ‘people persons’ and will quickly take control to support and guide you.classy black and white photos

I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next headshot photo session on the Isle of Wight is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful.

Amanda Herbert is the premier headshot photographer in Ryde and the Isle of Wight. Known for the genuine expressions she captures in her portraits of camera-shy women and small business owners looking for expressive portraits. Contact her Seaview home studio to book a session.

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Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight
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