5 Common Misconceptions About Hiring a Photographer

When you hear someone's had a professional shoot done, I bet you think ' wow, they treated themselves' or 'they must be doing well'. However, professional shoots are becoming more and more common in the private sector of clients. People from all walks of life, call up and book a portrait shoot or a family shoot - for themselves, for their family, as gifts... But... there's still plenty of people who are put off by the idea. Here's 5 common misconceptions about hiring a photographer - from the booking to the shooting itself...

I. Too expensive

Most people think ‘ professional photographer ‘ and immediately think ‘thousands of pounds’, ‘unachievable’ and ‘only for selected few’. Not many people realise that these days, you can find some amazing photographers without having to spend all your money and savings. All it takes is a little research, and a little ask around. Your friends are bound to know someone who takes photos – go to them, if they turn out to be any good. Recommendations are held dearly in the photographers and clients community. If you know a decent photographer, recommend them. They will love you millions and could even sort you out with some freebees!

Another way to find a decent, inexpensive photographer is Instagram. Search under your town’s hashtag or location and I promise you’ll find some fantastic professionals, with innovative shoot ideas that will stun and amaze every time.

2. The better equipment (or studio), the better photographer

That is almost never true. What I found is the worse the photographer’s techniques and skills, the more they try to cover it up by investing in large studios, tons of lighting, assistants (who set it up for them) and super expensive cameras and lenses. In fact, you can take the most stunning photo on any camera. Any camera. Whether it’s an iPhone or an old film camera, if you are a good photographer – you will be able to capture the beauty on film / on your iPhone, polaroid etc… What matters is the skills the photographer posses, their charisma and creative ability. There’s nothing worse than unimaginative photographer who takes plain photos in front of white canvas with bright flash lighting – and calls it an art piece. Also: a good photographer will make you look good. If you come out from the shoot not 100% satisfied with your photos – the photographer clearly didn’t do what they were supposed to do. We will always try to find your best angle.

3. It will be awkward…

It may be that you are not a fan of your photo taken because every time you give anyone your phone, you end up looking like a troll in every shot. The only good photos you take are the selfies, at a very specific angle with very lucky but effective light – and alone. Being alone means you can pull pouts, and strange facial expressions without feeling like you’re being watched and judged – or just caught looking weird doing so.

So when it comes to booking a session with a person you’ve never met before, to be told how to stand, where to look in front of a big lens and under bright lights may seem a bit daunting. That’s why always look for a photographer who would be happy to meet you or at least have a phone call or video call with you. You can then discuss ideas, research into what you want to achieve, and most importantly – get to know each other. You will feel much more comfortable at the photoshoot once you meet the person taking photos and realise they are just as human as you and they only want the best.

4. Photos will be overly edited, unrealistic…

Some people often worry that the photos will end up looking fake and over – edited. Or, opposite – they worry their spots or natural redness will show in photos and they opt out of having a photoshoot. Actually, a photoshoot is a great way to lift your confidence and help you feeling great about yourself again. Your photographer will not release work they are not happy with. If I see that my client is not very happy about the photos I am taking, I immediately try different angles, lighting and show possible editing techniques to find a middle ground. It is key that you, the client, are happy with your photos so that you recommend us further via word of mouth. And it is important for the photographer to deliver great content each time, for the feedback prove to be true.

5. Photos won’t be ready in time

That may have been true about 20 years ago but now there are phone cases that will print your photos for you. You can literally have your professionally finished photos ready in your inbox or on a digital cloud file within hours from the photoshoot – ready to be put up anywhere you want or printed. Depending, of course, on the nature of the shoot – you can get your prints or your digital photos very quickly from the shoot date and you can show all your loved ones. You don’t need to wait for weeks until they are posted or sent to you. It may be that the photographer you’ve chosen is very busy and his photos do take around two weeks to reach you. Want an honest answer? Find another one. Find one who’s less busy but of the same professional level. Again, it does take just a little bit of research!

Photos will be overly edited, unrealistic…

Some people often worry that the photos will end up looking fake and over – edited. Or, opposite – they worry their spots or natural redness will show in photos and they opt out of having a photoshoot. Actually, a photoshoot is a great way to lift your confidence and help you feeling great about yourself again. Your photographer will not release work they are not happy with. If I see that my client is not very happy about the photos I am taking, I immediately try different angles, lighting and show possible editing techniques to find a middle ground. It is key that you, the client, are happy with your photos so that you recommend us further via word of mouth. And it is important for the photographer to deliver great content each time, for the feedback prove to be true.

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