Hiring a Photographer

When you’ve hundreds of photographers to choose from, how do you decide on the right one for your big event?

There is no single photographer who is perfect for everyone, but there is one who is perfect for you! The tips on this page will help you to make a good choice – and to ensure that the whole process of hiring a photographer goes smoothly for all concerned.

Photography is a creative process and while awards and memberships are often hard earned and richly deserved, not all professional photographers want to join associations or be judged by awards.

You may be better served by a small professional operation than an international, award winning (and expensive) one. Feeling comfortable with the person you hire and confident that they will produce the results you desire is the most important thing.

There are at least seven associations serving the Irish photographic industry. The Irish Photographers Website is not an association but a place which gives you the opportunity to see the work of many photographers in one place .

Points to Consider when hiring a photographer

  1. Experience Level
    Has this person photographed in the field you are looking at? Does he or she do this for a living or for fun? Are they insured, do they have qualifications etc.
  2. Appearance
    Is your photographer well presented and neatly groomed? This may not be important for, say, a wildlife photographer, but it is very important for a wedding or a formal event.
  3. Price Range
    Although, the last thing you want to do is shop by price, you do need to establish at an early stage that a photographer is within your budget. If you may have to spend more than you planned, is he or she worth the price difference? Make sure you establish and understand all costs, including reprints, usage and albums.
  4. Personality
    Is the photographer that you meet someone you can get along with? Is the “chemistry” there? If you are going to spend hours or even a whole day working with someone, you want it to be a happy experience.
  5. Photographic Style
    Are the images that you are shown the sort of images you’d like to have after your event? There are “buzz” words flying about everywhere about photojournalism, formal, classic candid, and so on – make sure that you and your photographer are clear about the style you prefer.
  6. Offering
    Ascertain what exactly are you getting. Ask about such things as what happens if you need extra time or if there are other changes on the day – but remember if you make extra requests on site these will be reflected in the final invoice.
  7. Delivery
    Be clear about when your images will be ready – bear in mind that some photographers take longer than others, be sure to ask about this.
  8. What about deposits and payments?
    Most photographers will require a deposit; this is only natural. Be sure to ask about what happens if you cancel and about what will happen if for some reason the photographer cannot be there?

Spending some time making sure that you know everything that’s involved and that your photographer is clear about your requirements will mean a happier experience for everyone and, most importantly,  the best possible results for you.