Monday, January 3, 2011
Finding the Right Photographer
If the photographer you are considering does not admit this to you ... be skeptical. Photography is an art and like any art form, there will be work you like and work that does not resonate with you. Creating images is also about a relationship ... the more comfortable you are with a photographer, the better the images will be.
Before you invest your time and money in creating images, please take the time to meet with the photographer(s) you are considering. Look at their portfolios, talk to them about what you are looking for in the way of imagery, ask what their process is like and what ideas they might have for working with you. And of course, ask about pricing, too. This time spent together upfront is time very well spent, because its going to mean much better results for you.
The consultation is common practice when someone commissions a painting ... most people don't just walk in a studio and say, "Hey, paint a picture for me". They want to meet the artist and get to know them and their work and vice versa, too. And photography, like painting, is a form of imagery-making and deserves careful consideration, too.
I am not the right photographer for everyone ... my imagery tends to have a quiet, reflective nature to it. It can be a little quirky at times. I don't do the traditional, posed group in front of a backdrop thing. I prefer to work with natural light or highly technical studio lighting. But when I am the right photographer for you ... let the magic begin.