How to choose your photographer - from a top San Francisco Corporate Headshot Event and Branding Photographer and Videographer
“How to choose your photographer” is a topic that resonates with me, because so much of it comes down to expectations. If those expectations aren’t addressed upfront or addressed honestly, there’s a good chance both the photographer and the client will experience some dissatisfaction. Here are some tips for choosing the right photographer for your corporate headshots:
Know your needs
In my earlier posts I noted that if you want a corporate headshot that meets your needs, you need to go into your shoot knowing what your needs are. For example, perhaps you want to work primarily in black-and-white. Or, perhaps you want the option of having your photos heavily photo-shopped. Or, maybe you want someone that has a lot of experience working on location. Understanding this in advance of sourcing a photographer will help you source the right photographer.
Do your homework
Now that you know what your needs are, it’s time to spend a little time digging around the websites of the photographers you’re considering. Look at their portfolios. Ask for referrals. Speak with those referrals. Think about what it is that you like or don’t like about certain photos. Is the photographer’s style appealing to you, or do you find yourself primarily thinking “I wouldn’t want that for me”? If it’s consistently the latter, it might be time to move on.
Take time for a consultation
Whether it’s over a coffee or on the phone, I like to get to know my potential clients. This is because chemistry matters, and because I ultimately want them to feel comfortable working with me. A consultation can help you determine if you’re going to jive with your photographer, and if your personalities are a good fit. For example, if you’re on the quieter side, you may not work best with a boisterous, mile-a-minute talker. Sometimes, a 15-minute conversation can make a world of difference.
It's important to talk with your photographer about budget. If you are looking for something special you may need special equipment, or special post production. It may not be much more to add those requests in, or any more at all but be sure to talk about your full budget for the project.
If you’d like to book a photoshoot with San Francisco’s top Corporate Headshot and Event photographer, contact me today for a quote and a list of locations that’ll make the shoot a success!