“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.” Ansel Adams. This is a visual world that we live in, and the choices people have for photographing their families, their business and their special events grow bigger by the day. Cameras are accessible, smaller, and more affordable. Phones produce great images, but a photographer trained in color management, composition and printing can be a wise investment for special family moments and events.
What are the photos for? Are you building a website, selling your home or a car, highlighting a new business, celebrating a special occasion, or maybe you want to create an heirloom to mark a milestone birthday, or documenting a life well lived. Many great photographers are in business, but you should ask yourself some questions to help you choose the right fit for your needs.
In the article “How to Choose Your Family Photographer,” the author points out that the best place to start when looking for a photographer is for referrals from friends. If they had a good experience, chances are you will too. However, just as friends might choose a different car, or school, from what you might choose, the same goes for a photographer. Do you want a photographer who specializes in a particular niche, or one that you can go to for all of your needs. In my experience, there are pros and cons on both sides of the choice. Personally, when I was setting up my business model for Faces-Places-Photography, I chose to be an “all purpose” photographer. I studied photography extensively, and I have never seen a genre of photography that I didn’t like, or, wasn’t intrigued by. I am a family photographer in every sense of the word.
It is important to look for a style of photography that will meet your needs. Look closely at the photographs on websites and social media. Resist the urge to text or email the prospective photographer. Take the time to make a phone call. It is a good time to ask questions, learn a little more about the photographer and start a plan for a photo session. The process of planning the photographs together is time well spent.
Before booking an event as important as birth or wedding photography ask to see an entire gallery of work. Do they have the expertise to give you unique and beautiful work? Can they prepare photographs for prints and albums. What equipment do they have? Are they licensed, and are they paying insurance and taxes? What are the costs involved in the photo session? What is included, and when and how is the product delivered. Also ask if there are packages available to meet your needs. Sometimes photographers will offer a payment plan, take advantage of these options.
At Faces-Places-Photography we are committed to creating the highest quality photographs in the New Braunfels, Texas and surrounding area market. We specialize in prints and products, but we are flexible and willing to provide digital images when needed. Call me to chat about choosing the best photographer for you! I can promise you that in photography you really do get what you pay for. Great quality comes with time, practice, and commitment to excellence. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.