Looking for your photographer can be a daunting process. While there are many capable photographers, there is no real certainty that they can provide you the tailored service that you need. So, in a bottomless ocean of talent, how do you find YOUR photographer? I think these five steps are the best way to go.
First: Check out there work. As you may have guessed, you really do want examine your potential photographer's work to make sure that it is what you are looking for. If you don't like their work, ten times out of ten, you won't like your pictures.
Second: Choose your style. When looking for a photographer, you want to choose someone that specializes in the style you are looking for. You may like a photographer's portrait work, but this does not mean that they will do well documenting your wedding or vice versa.
Third: Appropriate pricing. The old saying is true. You really will get what you pay for! This means, you have to decide that your memories are an investment. How much that is up to you. I am not saying you need to take out a second mortgage or anything, but you want to get bang for your buck. It is better to pay for quality service, than to get a discounted mess. Do your research on what the going rate is for quality photography and go from there. As a photographer, I will tell you; it isn't cheap, but for good reason. A quality photographer (such as the ones at Dee Jestene Photography...plug) are appropriately priced for quality.
Fourth: Look for someone who will meet your needs and at the same time demonstrate their skill by leading the shoot.. Do you want one photographer or two? Do you want a particular photographer? What do you want to wear? Where do you want your session? How many pictures are you looking for? How long do you want your session to be? In the end, knowing what you want from a photographer, helps you narrow down who you select. If your potential photographer is unwilling to compromise to ensure you both get what you want, then they are not for you. In my experience, when a photographer doesn't have a plan, they lack inspiration which will impact their work.
Lastly: In the end, go with your gut.! You are the only one who will have to live with whom you choose. For us at Dee Jestene Photography, we want you to know that whether it is us or someone else, what we care about is you finding exactly who you need to tell your photo story. Take care.