How To Choose a Headshot Photographer
We're all addicts and as you know the first step to solving addiction is to admit you have a problem... with your selfie-stick and phone.
Coming to the realization that those quick pics won't cut it for anything but your photo albums is great, but now you need to pick the right headshot photographer to help you out.
So, who are you going to call? The Ghots Busters....? No, but you can check out our handy guide to choosing a professional headshot photographer.
It's a fair question and one you should definitely consider carefully! Here's a little flow chart to help you out when choosing your photographer!
Is the photographer specialized for what you need?
Many photographers will specialize in one area of the industry. I'm not talking portraits vs. still life or landscape vs. commercial. Many specialize even further into a niche. There are photographers that only work with corporate headshot photography for example or only work with brides that have tattoos. Find someone who specializes and you'll be better off already! Whoot Whoot!
How does their (headshot) portfolio look?
Find their website (they should have a website) and check out their portfolio of past work. If you like it and feel as though it will best represent you then you're another step further! It's good to compare a couple photog's portfolios too! Remember QUALITY over QUANTITY. Lifetouch takes thousands of portraits a day but we all know they're not the best.
Do they have any reviews?
In this day and age, online reviews can help you out even before calling a company. Looking for honest and level-headed reviews can be another step in the right direction. Businesses have come to depend on review services like Google and Yelp, however, you should be careful of fake reviews (yelp and google use algorithms to keep the fakes out)!
Give them a call! Can you trust them?
Trust is of utmost importance when choosing your headshot photographer. Give your prospective photographer/s a call. Did they listen to what you wanted or cut you off half way? A photographer should listen to every last bit of info you give before they respond. It helps to make sure they will follow along with your needs.
Get a feel for their personality and vibes to make sure they don't clash with you. You want to be comfortable.
How's the pricing?
Do they have any pricing set online? Check it out and make sure it fits your budget. If the photographer doesn't have any, don't fret. Many leave it off as a way to generate leads, however, make sure before you agree to hire the photog that you ask what you will receive with their given pricing. Cheap doesn't mean better here.
In the end, choosing the right photographer is fairly simple as long as you do your research. Follow the chart and double check some things before you jump onboard with a photographer!
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