How to Not Shop for a Photographer

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When you shop for a photographer. You should you ask yourself the following question before you start shopping.

Which two of the following features is Most important to you?

1. Quality | 2. Service | 3. Price

Here’s why you should ask yourself this question.

If Quality and Service or most important to you. Be prepared to pay a higher price.

If Service and Price or most important to you. Most likely you will receive poor quality images.

If you Price & Quality or most important to you. You can expect the customer service to be poor at best.

Before I go any further. These Photos were Not taken by me (Let Me Repeat)!

These Are Not My Photos!

This is the worst photo editing job I’ve seen done in Photoshop or any photo editing software.

And the Facebook post states this was done by a professional photographer. Really!

I came across these photos on Facebook and I would like to explain how you should not shop for a photographer.

I came across these photos on Facebook and I would like to explain how you should not shop for a photographer.
I came across these photos on Facebook and I would like to explain how you should not shop for a photographer.

So, who was the photographer that took these photos, and when were they took?

I don’t know the answer to either of those questions. I can however point you to the Facebook post from January 12th of 2018.

Is this a real photo?

I came across these photos on Facebook and I would like to explain how you should not shop for a photographer.

Absolutely, this was posted on Facebook by a family that paid their hard earn money for a family photo session by a professional photographer.

What would you do if these were your photos taken by a professional photographer?

But I can’t tell you how many time I have received a call, email or asked the question when talking with someone face-to-face shopping for a wedding, portrait, graduation or personal branding photographer, and the first question I am asked 95% of the time is:

How Much Do You Charge?

When you’re shopping for a photographer and your first questions is (how much do you charge) and you’re talking to a dishonest (no skills looking to make a quick dollar) professional photographer, at that very moment you’re no longer talking to human being, you’re standing in front of a two legged vulture who can point & shoot a camera and that’s it.

I can’t tell you how many wedding couples I’ve met and they showed me their photos after the wedding. Now, I must say, I’ve never seen anything like this. When I first saw the pictures, I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for the family.

What’s the first question you should ask a photographer?

The first series of the question(s) should not be directed to a photographer, but the question(s) you need to ask yourself.

Here are five (5) questions you want to ask yourself and have to know the answers to these questions before calling, sending an email are meeting face-to-face.

  1. What kind of photographer do I need?
  2. How long do I need a photographer?
  3. What date do I need the photographer?
  4. What’s my budget limit?
  5. Is my venue outdoors/indoors or both?

Without knowing the answers to these questions, you leave yourself at the mercy of the dishonest (no skill looking to make a quick dollar) professional photographer vulture.

I came across these photos on Facebook and I would like to explain how you should not shop for a photographer.

What questions should you ask the photographer?

Once you’ve answered your five (5) questions, you’ll have a list of questions for your photographer because you’ll have an idea of what you need, want and can afford.

But, let me give you a few question(s) you definitely want to ask you photographer in case you don’t think about these questions.

  1. Ask the photographer if they photograph the type of venue you’re having (e.g. wedding, family portraits, etc.).
  2. Ask to see the photographer’s work: website, social media, Instagram, etc.
  3. Ask if the photographer is available on the date of your venue?
  4. Ask for a particular service that you want or need (e.g. prints, video, digital media. etc.)
  5. If you’re on a tight budget, ask if you can make payments? If so, what is the minimum down payment?
  6. Ask to see the reviews of past clients. What do the previous clients have to say about the photographer?
  7. When can you meet the photographer in person? Learn to trust your judgment. If you’re not comfortable with your photographer it will show in your pictures.
I came across these photos on Facebook and I would like to explain how you should not shop for a photographer.

One last photography tip and I’ll let you get back to shopping for your photographer.

Should I shop for the cheapest photographer?

This depends upon what you expect from your photographer, the quality of the work, the service you need and the price you’re willing to pay. Once you’ve decided upon the quality, service & price, ask yourself the following question.

Which of the Following Two are Most Important to Me?

Quality! Service! or Price!

Because you can’t have all three! Here’s why.

  • If Quality & Service are important to you. The price is not going to be the cheapest.
  • If Quality & Price or important to you. The service you receive will be slow, with no communication & unprofessional.
  • If Service & Price or important to you. The quality of the work will be fair at best but most likely poor.

In Summary

When shopping for a wedding, portrait, graduation or personal branding photographer.

  • Always (if possible) meet your photographer in person.
  • Have an idea of the quality you expect, the service you need, and the price you’re willing to pay.
  • Be flexible and open-minded to different ideas. Photographers can help you create & capture a lifetime of memories.

‘Til the next episode, shop with confidence when shopping for your next photographer.

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