8 Tips For Hiring a Photographer (+ 20 Questions to Ask Before Hiring)

February 25, 2021

Get expert tips on how to hire a photographer from Dean of DeanB Photography, a professional photographer on Bidvine. Plus read to the end of the post to see Dean's 20 recommended questions to ask before you hire, so you can be sure you have all the information you need to hire the best photographer for your next project!

8 Tips For Hiring a Photographer

Whether it's to capture the special moments of your wedding day, a special family event, or to help promote your business, knowing how to choose the right photographer can be a challenge. There are so many talented photographers available, all offering something different, with different personalities. So how do you choose which one is right for you? 

My name is Dean and as a professional photographer with over 10 years of experience, I wanted to take a moment to provide some guidance when making your choice. I am a family man with a very relaxed approach to my photography. I believe that if all parties within the shoot trust each other, then truly amazing images can be created. DeanB Photography exists to exceed expectations. 

1. Know What You're Looking For in a Photographer

When beginning your search, it is so important to know exactly what you are looking for. Do some research about the style of photography you are looking for and provide as much information as you can from the very start. 

Know your budget and don’t be afraid to tell the photographer. Many people worry that they will just receive a quote based on the budget. This should not be the case. Your budget is usually just used as a guide for the photographer to put the best package together for your requirements. 

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2. Consider Photography Styles

Be clear on the style of photography you would like. For example, I personally like a very informal approach to a shoot. I can offer the formal magazine style of shoot, but I prefer an informal approach so I tend not to take as many formal magazine style bookings. 

3. Read Reviews & View Their Portfolio

Take time to read a photographer's reviews and look through their portfolio. Check social media and their website to get a feel for the photographer's approach. It’s all too easy to just go for the cheapest offer that you receive but beware of any additional charges. Make sure they can offer what you are looking for in not only the time covered but also the after services you may need. 

DeanB Photography

Photo by DeanB Photography

4. Get to Know Your Photographer Before Hiring

Arrange a call. Speak to the photographer either by phone or video call. These would traditionally have been face to face meetings, but in the world today video calls are a great compromise.  

Bidvine offers the option of setting up a video call as part of the bid process. Make a list of questions to go through so you don't forget. 

Keep reading to see 20 recommended questions to ask your photographer!

Don't be afraid to challenge anything you are unsure of as this is your opportunity to be certain that you will not have any unexpected costs later down the line.  

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5. Compare Bids & Consider Packages

Review all your bids once you have completed all of your calls. Calculate the total cost and not just the entry price.

  • What is the total value of the package?
  • Will paying slightly more to begin with mean you pay less in total?
  • What added value items has the photographer included within the package?

Be sure of the payment terms, insurance, and that they have indemnity to the level required by your venue. If they are offering aerial photography, ensure they are commercially licensed and insured. Are they DBS checked? You may be inviting the photographer into your home, so make sure that you have the reassurance of these checks. 

DeanB Photography

Photo by DeanB Photography

6. Take Your Time

Take your time. Don’t rush into a decision until you have had time to speak with everybody you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need and go back to a photographer if you think of anything else after your call. 

7. Request a Trial Photoshoot

If you cannot decide between 2 photographers, ask to have a trial shoot. This can be a great way to know that you will be comfortable working with your chosen professional. Whether it's in a studio or out on location, you will get a true feel for who will work best for you. 

8. Remember, It's Up To You Who's The Best Fit For Your Photoshoot

All in all, only you can decide who is the right photographer for you.  Somebody with all 5 stars may not suit you as well as somebody with a lower rating. Make sure you have covered everything, look at all of the information provide and ultimately, go with what you feel is right for you. 

DeanB Photography

Photo by DeanB Photography

20 Questions & Considerations When Hiring a Photographer

  1. What is my budget? 
  2. What style of photography am I looking for? 
  3. What would I like included? 
  4. How long do I need? 
  5. Research generic photography for ideas 
  6. Read photographers reviews and check portfolio
  7. Request phone or video call
  8. Does the photographer work alone? 
  9. Contingency planning – Does the photographer have a replacement in an emergency? 
  10. Will I receive digital copies with printing and copyright of my photos? 
  11. How many images are included? 
  12. Will we have an online gallery? 
  13. Will we receive an album? 
  14. When will the photographs be ready? 
  15. Any additional charges? 
  16. Upgrades available and costs? 
  17. Aerial photography?  Licensed and insured? 
  18. Can we have a test shoot? 
  19. Payment terms? 
  20. Insurance and public indemnity level of cover?

DeanB Photography

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Dean considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to follow his passion to become a professional photographer.  A fun-loving personality that will help to relax the most nervous of clients, but with the professionalism to work within a formal corporate environment. With a vast range of experience covering multiple areas of photography, he is certain to be able to provide images that exceed your expectations. 

Dean regularly receives praise for his flexibility in working with clients, whether it be extending the scope of the shoot on the day, remaining past the booked time to capture those unexpected priceless moments at a wedding or being able to adapt instantly when noticing those little things that make the difference between a good and great shot.

Interested in booking a photoshoot with Dean? Click here to visit Dean's Bidvine Profile!

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