How to Hire a Photographer

March 21st, 2011
Just one example of what a good photographer can do.  Photo by Carasco Photography.

Just one example of what a good photographer can do. Photo by Carasco Photography.

I think there are probably about 5,000 wedding photographers in the Chicago area, so how do you go about narrowing that list down to the one you want to hire for your wedding or other special event?

My first recommendation would be to look at a photographer’s work if you are considering hiring that person.  Don’t just look at the limited selection on their website.  Ask to see all the photos from one event.   That will give you a good sense of the photographer’s range and style.  You might notice if they missed something you think is important.  You can judge for yourself the ratio of great shots to adequate ones.

The second thing, as with any vendor, is to get references.  Call people who have hired this person recently and ask if they were satisfied.  Ask if they thought they got value for their money.  Ask if there were any problems and how they were resolved.

Then, look at their prices and packages.  Every photographer has a different set of packages and it can be difficult to compare them.  But it is important to compare prices to be sure you are getting a good deal.

Finally, get to know your potential photographer.  You will be spending a lot of time with this person on your special day.  You should feel comfortable around your photographer.

Trust your instincts.  If you feel strongly that you have found the right person and if they can work within your budget, you have probably found your photographer.  If you have any doubts, keep looking until you are sure.