Welcome, welcome, welcome everyone to the kick off to my new blog! I am excited to share some valuable information with you! Here I will touch on topics that my clients and friends have asked about over the past year. All of these topics will be photo related or pet related! If you have a subject you wish me to touch on, feel free to email me or find me on Facebook!
Today's Subject and one of my favorites is: Choosing The Right Photographer for YOU! Face it, you have plenty of choices as far as photographers are concerned. The market is flooded with people claiming to be photographers. With today's digital era, everyone has a camera at their disposal. But what defines a good photographer? Below are a few key points that I wish for you to think about when considering a photographer...for any genre!
"The Eye": I have always said that I can teach the technical part of photography, but if you don't have "the eye" for photography, this is just something I can not teach. For instance, I tend to see a picture in everything...that is how I am put together. One day while driving around with my bestie, she noticed the refection of the clouds off the rear window of the car in front of us, and said to me what a nice picture that would make! This is what I mean, not everyone has "the eye", my bestie however, most certainly does!
Studio and Natural Light Photography: In my experience, many small photographers who are not armed with studio equipment will name their photography with their last name followed by the word "Photography" (example: "Swaney Photography"). I just happened to chose a name that has "Photo Studio" in the businesses name so there were no questions about what I do! So when searching for a photographer, if you are looking for a STUDIO, make sure you ask if they have an actual studio. There is absolutely nothing wrong with natural light photography. In fact, I prefer natural light over studio light because it is just that, natural light! However if you have a family seeking portraits, you maybe walking into a photographers living room because they may not be equipped with a dedicated area for their photography. Many photographers that do not have a dedicated area to do photography will only schedule appointments at a park or maybe your home. There is nothing wrong with any of these scenarios, however, knowing the questions to ask ahead of time could help you avoid an awkward situation. So if you are looking for a studio environment, make sure you ask. Ask about props and backdrop options as well!
A Specialty: Next I want you to ask if the photographer has a specialty! To me, this is very important! You wouldn't go to a burger place to get a taco, would you? Many photographers, like myself, have a specialty plus others that we enjoy shooting. For instance, my specialty is pets. However, I love to photograph Seniors, Children and Families! So if you are contacting a photographer that did your sisters wedding to see if they do newborn photography, chances are this may be something they are willing to do, however may not be in this photographers comfort zone. So, this may not be the best fit. Again, ask questions, ask to see a portfolio, check them out on Facebook and look at the photographers website. If they do not have a website, then photography is a side business for them. Again, nothing wrong with this, everyone has to start somewhere. Maybe they chose not to do it full time, but have many years of experience. Don't be afraid to ask them for a referral! Many of my clients would be happy to speak with my potential clients about my services! To put this in perspective, I would like to present to you a personal example next. When a potential client calls and asks if I do weddings, this is my answer; "Unfortunately, I do not. The reason is this; I am a portrait photographer, my love is the studio. I can control the lighting, the posing, just about everything. Weddings alone are a huge time commitment. If I were to photograph weddings, my studio work would suffer and I wouldn't be providing the level of service I expect of myself to my studio clients."
Style: Find a photographer that fits your style! If you love big bold colors and you are looking to hang a framed piece on your living room wall above your fireplace, chances are a photographer whose style is black and white, probably is not going to be a good fit.
Reviewing your images: Today there are a few ways to view your images. These include on the web, immediately after the session or at an in person preview session. Twenty plus years ago, when I started in the business, we had no choice but to present the preview portraits (aka: proofs) in person. Digital wasn't around and everyone understood that there would be processing time. For me, I loved the aspect that I was sitting down with my clients, face to face at either their kitchen table or in my office. The more time I spent with them, the more we built a relationship with each other. Today, this seems to be a thing of the past. Most photographers feel it is easier for their clients if they place the images on an online gallery, send them the link and hope for the best. What this does is overwhelm and confuse the client. This is where I my blood begins to boil! Placing images online IS NOT SERVING YOU... THE CLIENT! My business model includes holding your hand through the entire portrait process, from the first phone call to order pick up! For instance, if you need help choosing clothing, I always suggest to text me pictures of options so I can help. If you need help as to where in your home to hang your new framed wall art of your family, I will gladly visit you at your home to lend my opinion! We will sit down together to decide which images are a must and which ones you can live without. Relationships are a must here at Pixure This! For me, there is no problem too small that we can not solve together!
There is much more I can say about this subject, but I think I have given you enough to info to thin about for the time being! I will follow this blog up with part 2, to be continued another time! Have a great week my friends!