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How to Choose Your Photographer

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down shares tips on choosing your photographer. Photos by Alora Rachelle.

Last week, we talked about what it really costs to invest in a professional photographer. You now know the range of rates to expect for a shoot, the time commitment, and the flexibility issues you will likely face when working with one! But today, we’re looking at how you should CHOOSE your photographer AFTER you’ve decided that professional photography is worth the financial investment for you 🙂

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down shares tips on choosing your photographer. Photos by Alora Rachelle.

Photography Style

If you’re going to use Instagram as a channel to promote your blog, then a consistent look, theme, and/or branding is important. Instagram is a really visual platform. With people scrolling so quickly through their feeds, you really only have a couple seconds to convince a potential reader to follow your account.

A cohesive feed will help that conversion.

To achieve a consistent look for your Instagram feed (and for your pictures across all channels), make sure you find a photographer whose style closely matches what you’re looking for. Photographers are creatives too and they won’t be very lenient about changing their style just to match your needs. Often, photographers will put in their contract that they have creative control over the photos! 👿

By choosing a person that already matches your photography style, you don’t have to jump through many hoops or go through fruitless conversations. Plus, each person’s creative vision is respected 🙂

I like bright, white, and dreamy photos so I look for that when I scope out a photographer.

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down shares tips on choosing your photographer. Photos by Alora Rachelle.

Experience

As a subject, I prefer to be directed when I get my pictures taken. I just feel more comfortable that way. An experienced photographer will be used to directing their subjects. I have only agreed to shoot with an inexperienced photographer once and that was because I really wanted to work with him 😛

Additionally, find someone that has shot portraits for fashion. I recommend looking at the Lifestyle section on their website to see. You can also check their Instagram to see if they have shot fashion bloggers before. All the photographers I have hired have either shot fashion bloggers before or were stylish themselves.

I also like to prioritize wedding photographers in my search. They seem to work well with female subjects who care about their clothes. I could be biased because I’m a huge fan of Jana Williams, though. She’s photographed many weddings and has done incredible work for fashion bloggers like Chriselle and Jenny.

Check out my photographer, Alora’s, Lifestyle section! This post also includes her work in this area.

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down shares tips on choosing your photographer. Photos by Alora Rachelle.

This is my photographer, Alora. Photography by Sam Aleman

Personality

This is the ultimate deal breaker.

When you hire a professional photographer, you are starting a potential long-term business relationship with them. Like any partner in crime, you guys have to be able to work together. That working relationship is largely dependent on how compatible you guys are. Alora is the one I get along with the most. She feels like a version of me and I never feel like we aren’t on the same wavelength. Plus, we’re both tough ladies so it feels good to not have to soften myself to match the energy of a daintier person 😉

In the past, I have either stopped working with a photographer for financial, personal, or logistical reasons.

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down shares tips on choosing your photographer. Photos by Alora Rachelle.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing which photographer to work with. The same goes for when you are determining the cost of a photographer. Figure out which things are most important to you and choose according to that ranking. I find that a weighted pros and cons list works wonders 🙂

(I think Instagram is a great platform for discovering photographers. Try searching local hashtags for photographers. For example: #detroitphotographer #detroitweddingphotographer.)

Which characteristics are important to you in a photographer? Let me know in the comments!


Photography by Alora Rachelle

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