Spending an extensive amount of time researching, planning and executing the perfect event can throw up its fair share of challenges. There’s sending out all the invites, getting the food arranged and gathering all the information required to produce the perfect display. Not to mention the difficulties of staying within budget.
However, it’s crucial that you leave room within your budget to hire a professional event photographer. After exerting so much effort into putting on the perfect event, you’ll want to make sure it’s all captured on camera. Either so that you can reflect on the proceedings, and improve for the next time, or so you can simply save them as memories. Plus, many events are actually used as footage in press releases, new reports and other forms of media coverage.
This only highlights the importance of taking your time to select the correct photographer. Although, after all the challenges that are involved with planning the event, you may think securing an event photographer is easy. Now, while it may be simple if you’re experienced in this area, it certainly isn’t if you’re new to the whole process of planning an event.
There are a multitude of factors that need to be considered to ensure you don’t end up with below par pictures. So, to empower you to avoid the stress of hiring a dodgy event photographer, we’ve put together the 3 most important steps to acquiring the perfect one for your needs…
Portfolio & experience
It is absolutely crucial that you do your due diligence and research any prospective event photographers. If you take a look through their portfolio, you’ll be able to get a good idea of what their style is, and ultimately whether they possess an adequate level of talent or not. Also, it’s recommended that you delve into their experience as well. Looking through their past work is advantageous, but if you need them for a large event and all their pictures are from small gatherings, they most likely aren’t going to be suitable for you.
Before hiring anyone, make sure they know the tools of their trade and they aren’t just improvising. So, again, do some research and prepare some questions for them about their equipment. If they can’t provide you with immediate answers then they clearly don’t their business inside and out, which is what you definitely need from an event photographer. In addition, it’s also worth making sure they have the correct equipment for your needs.
Communication between you and any potential event photographers is absolutely vital before making a final decision. Why? Well, because you need to ensure you’ve built up a solid rapport, so that they understand your expectations and feel comfortable enough to deliver what you need. With constant communication and a trustworthy relationship, you can rest assured that everything is in place, and that they’ll capture moments with quality on the day. All in all, keep up constant communication, but during the event, let them work their magic.