Ok … so lets say you followed these tips … and you have found a few ‘togs’ you LOVE … (thats ‘photographer’ in our talk FYI)
Well, a little like your favourite Pokemon, you will find we all have different skill sets, value adds and we all offer different things. You just need to figure out where your values align, and genuinely just follow your gut to find your match!
There is a reason this is number one! You simply MUST love their style! Do you dig their vibe? Do you like their point of view and their edit style? Good! This way you know what to expect when you get your photos delivered to you. It’s probably not cool to book someone and ask them to do something completely different to their iconic style … It’s kind of like going to McDonalds and asking for a Whopper (awk!)
This is maybe bigger for me than for most people, but I simply MUST like a person if I am going to pay for their service. You spend a decent amount of time with your photographer, in pre-communications, on the day and in aftercare. This is especially important for your wedding day! Photographers are one of the biggest influences on your day, it’s important to me that my clients are almost like friends, because I want you to have the best wedding or best shoot ever!
If you like your photographer, it will also likely mean you will be super relaxed on the day, it will feel like a conversation that results in beautiful images … heck yeah right?? Choose ‘good people’ and it will elevate your overall experience.
We all have differing experience levels, things we specialise in, and deliver a unique service. Try to look closely and see if you can find the unique differences in the photographers you like:
Are you looking for someone that rocks location based portraits, or maybe you want someone with a studio? Do you want someone who understands how to tame a toddler or who can pose newborn babies like they are made of playdough? What about someone that can set up in YOUR home or close to home, or maybe you dream of someone who will travel the globe to photograph you? Would you like to be offered a client wardrobe or an inventory of props? Did you want a full service photographer that can take you from shoot planning to prints on your walls, or maybe you want just digitals? Do you want someone that photoshops and takes care, or someone that edits quickly and has a fast turnaround? or maybe you just want someone fun that can get capture some joyful candid moments?
Ask questions of your photographers, figure out your non-negotiable needs and book what suits YOU
You can usually tell early on if your photographer is going to be reliable in the way that they respond to your communications, however for a foolproof check, Try to screen them. Either check reviews, ask for recommendations.
Do keep in mind, sometimes us photographers are so busy out DOING the work, that emails can be tough to reach, but if you feel you don’t have enough information, just reach out and ask .. a true professional will be there to help you! I have personally created an epic client lounge so that my clients are never alone with their questions and I am always an email or call away.
The saying is true, you get what you pay for. Photographers that have more experience in the industry, more expensive equipment and bigger overheads will charge a higher price point, you just need to figure out if the price reflects the value you feel they offer.
Always check your price guide properly and ask questions prior to your session so you know your investment in advance, I am really upfront with pricing, because no one likes nasty financial surprises.
In a perfect world it would be amazing if we could afford every photographer we desire, but sometimes that isn’t the case, and I am here to say, thats ok! .. because there is a big wide world of fantastic photographers out there, in varying price points! No photographer wants you to be in financial strain to book them, and any good photographer would happily give other recommendations more suitable to your budget if you simply ask. If your heart is totally set and you MUST book someone thats a little out of your financial grasp, maybe ask about how to set up a payment plan to break it into manageable chunks.
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This is the Zindani family
This is golden love.
I am a Perth based Photographer and creative!
I own three businesses and three dogs! (yeah three!)
On my days off you will find me working, but when you do what you love it’s hard to
stay away. Currently living out my joys documenting little personalities and BIG love,
and love to uplift others to follow their joy!
Big love, E x