We often hear horror stories of people hiring photographers and not being happy with them. Unfortunately anyone can call themselves a photographer but not anyone can be a professional photographer. It takes years of experience and a passion for the art.
Obviously there are several things to consider such as costs, time frame, availability and quality of past work. There are several associations for Irish photographers which can be helpful when hiring.
Some things to look out for when hiring a photographer:
1. Experience levels:
We understand that new photographers have to start somewhere but they should also be honest about their experience levels. Ask the photographer for past work and if they can’t produce any but claim they are experienced then alarm bells should be ringing. If they are honest and telling you they are only starting out then see if you can get them to send on some samples.
Obviously a very important point here. Pay peanuts and get monkeys so if a photographer is quoting way below the norm then something is wrong. Don’t shop on price alone but try to get the best deal you can.
3. Personality of the Photographer
Meet up with any potential photographers and talk about other things than just photography to see if you can build a rap ore with him/her. If you don’t get on with the photographer then move on to the next one.
4. Timeframe and Delivery
Get a clear time frame for delivery of the end product. A good photographer will be able to give you a more precise time frame for having your photos ready and may offer different options such as various framing.
Most photographers will take a percentage up front in order to guarantee the slot. Some will ask you to sign a contract which is a good thing in case they don’t turn up!
Some of these points might seem obvious but you would be surprised about the amount of horror stories we hear so use your common sense and follow the above :).