How do photographers differ from each other?
How to find “your” professional among hundreds of portfolios? And why should not you choose only by price? Learn from this article!
Shooting style The first thing you will pay attention to when starting your search for a photographer is how different a view of a photograph can be. Portfolio of one pro is dominated by delicate production shots, in which there is a lot of air and light, in that of the other, on the contrary, the processing is more contrasting, and the frames are dynamic.
Despite the fact that all photo sessions are unique, each professional has his own, sometimes quite recognizable, shooting style. And one should not expect anything fundamentally different from his work at your photo shoot. Look for a photographer who works in a style close to you: for example, if you are usually restrained in expressing emotions, and of all areas of painting you like impressionism the most, you should pay attention to the fine art style, and if you don’t like to pose and want more live frames - reportage or life style will suit you.
Experience / Professionalism As a rule, the cost of professional services depends on this criterion. Experience is one of the most valuable resources, because it largely determines the result of the photographer. Therefore, it is not surprising that the services of an experienced professional will not be cheap. You pay for unique professional knowledge that allows the photographer to always be responsible for the quality of work.
A true professional gives photos on time and never loses them, a true professional realizes the value of every moment and sincere emotions that cannot be “replayed” and “reshooted”, he knows how to work in different lighting conditions and tells you what time it is better to schedule a photo shoot .
An experienced photographer helps to open up even to those models who have never participated in photo shoots and don’t know how to behave in front of the camera, and tries to be creative even when shooting on the same sites. The lower the price, the more likely the level of professional skill and training of one or another specialist will be lower. Should you risk my memories for the sake of economy?
Customer approach One of the most important conditions for the success of a photo shoot is comfortable communication with the photographer. It is important that you like him not only professionally, but also just as a person, otherwise during the shooting you will feel clamped, you will not be able to relax and show your feelings and emotions.
In this matter, each specialist has his own approach, and each model has his own wishes. For someone it is important that the photographer is a friend, so that communication is not limited solely to the topic of the shooting. Someone, on the contrary, is comfortable to keep their distance, to maintain professional relations. In any case, you and the photographer should be on the same wavelength, and if the photographer’s behavior confuses you with something or you find it difficult to find a common language, it’s better to look for another specialist.
Passion for work The importance of this factor is hard to overestimate! After all, when a person’s eyes are shining and he really loves his job, it is always in the best way reflected in the result. Someone just takes pictures, and someone is looking for the best moments, constantly comes up with something new, updates portfolio, learns and improves his level. Someone is interested in money, and someone is interested in the result.
A photographer can have many awards and rich experience, but be completely disinterested in your photo shoot. Or do not update the portfolio for years. Or from time to time shoot different people in the same poses and in the same locations, without trying to convey their personality. Therefore, before concluding an agreement, look at a few complete series from the photo shoots and make sure that you like not the decor, the model’s dress and the location, but the photographer’s work, his ability to see the beauty and uniqueness of each model.