Selecting a local photographer to shoot you can be a somewhat difficult choice if you don’t know what to look for. This can be especially difficult if this is your first time doing a photo shoot. Fortunately there are certain guidelines that you can follow so that you make the best choice for you.
Look at their photos
Seems like an obvious step right? For some it is, but a lot of people don’t take the time to investigate the full body of work that a photographer has on their website. Do the photos look current? Are the photos relevant to what you’re looking for in your shoot? You should be able to tell within a few minutes whether a photographer has the types of photos you want for yourself. Dig deep though. Look at their portfolio to make sure that they are skilled in a variety of areas in case you need multiple looks for yourself. Do the photos have character that bring the subject to life? Not all photographers take the same pictures, so do your homework.
Can the photographer adjust to my needs?
Whether you want to be shot outside, inside, in a studio, in your home, during the day or night, or any other scenario that you may request, is the photographer willing to give you what you want, while also offering their professional opinion to get the best shots possible? The photographer should have the capabilities, whether it be equipment or schedule flexibility, to work with you.
Talk to them
Yes, pick up the phone and call them for five minutes. Ask them questions. Talk to them about their experience and what you’re looking to gain from your photos. Will this photographer be able to make me feel comfortable in front of the camera and get the most out of me? Will this photographer be able to help me get my foot in the door at talent agencies? You might be an aspiring actor or model, you might be someone looking for corporate headshots, or you might just want some photos of your children. Either way, gauge their experience and determine how they can help you get what you want.