Before you even go about searching for the best photographer to do the job – make sure you have it clear in your mind what you want to achieve. It’s been said many times before that one of the biggest reasons that problems arise in projects is because of poor communication between one or more parties.
Communication problems can come in all shapes and sizes – if you don’t believe me here are ten of the most common as reported by Forbes. The best way to deal with them is to figure out what problems might arise and figure out a plan to tackle them.
Be really specific in what you want to achieve with the photographer. Even taking a little time to sit down and write out a brief can be useful. Make sure you make a list of every type of shot you’d like to capture on the shoot (this is a little tip I picked up from wedding shoots, but it works just as well for corporate clients).
Obviously the different jobs that you will have will mean that some photographers will be better for you to use than other ones. This will mean having to do your research about professional photographers to find the one that will best be able to capture you vision.
Luckily, having spent some time clarifying in your own head what you actually want to achieve this shouldn’t be too difficult.
There are plenty of places to find good photographers online. If you have a specific job in mind it might just be as simple as typing that particular photography skill and your location into Google – for example, “portrait photography London.”
Alternatively you can search for photographers that are affiliated to larger organisations, to name a few:
British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP)
The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP)
The Association of Photographers (AOP)
Event Photography Society (EPS)
Or even down to specific niches like the Baby & Newborn Photography Association (BANPAS). Or, perhaps you have your heart set on having a bespoke, handmade Queensberry Album, so you’ll need to find a Queensberry Photographer. The nice thing about searching this way is that you know the photographer you engage with will then be of a certain standard and quality.
Next week, I would like to give you a few tips on how to brief your photographer successfully. Until then, thanks for reading and stay well!
Kim Rix Photography
Making Memories Precious