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How to Choose a Reliable Photographer

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

A wedding event, is a once in a lifetime event. So if you are going to choose a photographer to take pictures during the event, be sure to choose a professionally trained photographer. Here are some tips on how to pick a reliable photographer for the all-important event.

1) Sample photographs.

Portfolio assessment is the first thing you should do. Usually, photographers use a website to help promote their services. You can always log on to the site and view some sample photographs. Good photographers know how to capture perfectly natural moments. They should also know how to set people at ease so that the pictures come out looking more natural. You can tell just by looking at the photographs whether the photographer is a skilled one or not. Technical skills are important. But it’s the social skills that set the true professionals apart from the rest.

2) Value added services.

When you hire a photographer, you may wish to find out about other skills that the photographer may have. For example, you may also need video services or someone to help set up a wedding website. If your photographer can do that for you, it will save you the trouble of having to coordinate between different service providers. The photographer will be working with the same materials anyway, so it makes sense to hire the same person to do the work.

3) Customer reviews.

Check out some customer reviews on the website. If possible, go to wedding forums to read more about what others have to say about their experiences with the photographer. You have to be discerning here though. Even if you read a bad testimonial given by a customer, it doesn’t mean the service provider is an unreliable one. Check out the customer profile as well. It could be that the photographer had served an immature customer. Usually, mature couples tend to be reasonable about their demands. Hence, you are more likely to read positive reviews from this customers belonging to this age group. But if you see a plethora of negative reviews across the board, you must be extra careful when hiring.

4) Information request.

Finally, if you have any questions or problems, send an email or call the photographer to see if he or she can help you out. Professionals always take the time to help solve any problems that the customers may have. Through the contact, you will be able to tell whether the service provider has handled your inquiries professionally.