Everyone can take pictures; however, not everyone has the eye, equipment and experience to be called a professional photographer. So, how do you glean out the pros from the amateurs?
- Experience – Everyone has to start somewhere; however, some experience does matter, especially when it comes to corporate photography. With experience a photographer learns how to manage their subjects, their setting and the client. With experience a photographer learns how to ensure the end result photos match the shot list. With experience a photographer learns how to capture those moment-in-time special details the client will love.
- Portfolio – A professional photographer should have a portfolio outlining their specialized type of photography. A portfolio will showcase their range of work, along with their style.
- Style – While reviewing a portfolio you will get a good sense of the photographer’s style. It is important you choose a photographer who has the style you are looking for. You may love someone’s photographs, but if their style doesn’t match your needs, you should look elsewhere.
- Equipment – From the camera to the lighting, equipment matters. It is important to provide the photographer with a brief based on your requirements and then allow them to recommend the equipment needed. For example, if you are photographing indoors, additional lighting may be required. Portrait photography may require a special lense along with lighting.
Ultimately, the best tip for hiring a photographer in Boston really comes down to communication. If you can clearly communicate your requirements, wishes and what the photographers will be used for, the photographer can then best recommend style, equipment and a budget.
There are a plethora of Boston photographers, each with their own unique portfolios and styles. When you are looking for a photographer in Boston, consider all four tips so you can ensure you’re getting the right professional.
Nikki Cole provides corporate photography in the Boston area and has years of experience providing event and fundraising photography, headshots and architectural images.