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Picking the Right Photographer for You: Part 1
  • Michelle Harris

Picking the Right Photographer for You Part 1

Do you struggle trying to find the right photographer for you? There are so many choices, they offer so many options, and the price range is huge. How do you narrow down the photographer the best fits you? Keep reading to learn more about the five qualities every photographer should possess.

Photography is an important part of life for a family, individual, business or entrepreneur. You want someone that is technically strong, but someone that gets you and what your needs are.

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures." Don McCullin

Picking the right photographer is a huge decision for anyone! Let's be honest you want them to be technically good, but you also want them to be good at what you need them for. There are many genres of photography and not every photographer is good at each one. There are small aspects of several categories that cross over into other categories, but it just isn't the same as being specialized. Let me give you an example. You have a wedding photographer and a family photographer. Both specialize in portraits, but the wedding photographer also knows how to get the detail ring shots and all the special photos during the wedding and the reception. The family photographer specializes in capturing the little moments from individual family members to showcase each ones personality and doesn't mind chasing little ones around to get their photo.

So the big question is, "How do you know what photographer is the right one for you?" I want to share with you the five main desirable qualities for any photographer. In my next post I'll go into more detail for certain genres of photography. I'll cover family photography and personal brand photography.

I am going to break down the five main qualities every photographer should have no matter the genre they work in. First I want to talk briefly about what I think makes good photographer.

What makes a good photographer?

No matter what niche a photographer has chosen they should be technically strong. What I mean by that is every photo they show you, the main subject should be clear and not blurry. (For the purpose of this post I am not talking about the artistic effects that may be intentionally done that creates blurring of the subject.) Also, the lighting is careful and artfully used. The lighting should be even and not spoty and enhance the subject. The photographer should know the little nuances of their specialty. Examples would be a pet photographer should have a very strong understanding of working with animals and know how to properly interact and connect with them. A sports photographer needs to be quick and agile to get the best shots. They would also need a good understanding of that sport and be able to anticipate where things are going to happen. #storytellingimages #capturethemoments #familyportraits #capturethemoments

5 Qualities Every Photographer Should Possess

Let's get down to the nitty gritty of the five main qualities every photographer should have outside of knowing their specialty and being technically strong.

1. Creativity and Imagination

a. Photography is a form of self expression and is a true art. Art requires imagination and a creative mind, but it also means they are willing to take a risk and try something new. It is

the willingness to step outside of their comfort zone that enables them to grow.

b. A photographer is able to look at the ordinary and find countless ways to interpret what they are seeing. Then they take their vision and convey it in meaningful photos.

c. The two mentioned above go hand in hand to create great composition. The composition of a photo is what guides the viewer and takes them on the journey through the story being told.

2. An eye for detail

a. A photographer needs a good eye for detail to ensure all elements within the photo work together. It is the fine details that make the difference in conveying the message.

b. The key elements include lighting, composition, storytelling and emotion.

3. Patience and Flexibility

a. You want a photographer that is patient and flexible enough to wait on the perfect moment, the perfect lighting, the crying baby to calm, the hyperactive pet to settle, and even to work with a difficult client. Why do I mention a difficult client? It's simple, everyone has an idea of how the photo session should go and when it doesn't they want to take charge and run the session themselves.

b. You want your photographer to keep trying to get "the shot" even when it isn't going as planned

c. You want your photographer to be patient enough and flexible enough to deal with what comes along and adapt to the situation.

4. Good People Skills

a. You want a photographer who communicates with you in an effective and timely fashion. You don't want to wait days to get a response to your questions.

b. A photographer should have good networking skills in order to obtain clients and partnerships.

c. You want your photographer to be a good listener. Listening is one of the most underrated parts of communication. By listening they learn what your hopes and dreams are for the session. Even more important they learn what your hesitations are and what your likes and dislikes about yourself are.

d. Most importantly your photographer should be able to connect with their client. When you connect with your photographer they are able to understand you and what you are looking for. They understand how to communicate with others and can interact with their subjects to make them feel at ease. When you feel comfortable and can relax they will be able to get cooperation and draw out all the right emotions.

5. Passion

Passion for what you do is what drives you to be your absolute best. It is passion that sets a good photographer apart from the ordinary. They let their passion drive them to push a little further and always strive to improve their skills. They don't want to settle.

"A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is , in a word effective." Irving Penn

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I know this may sound like a lot to consider when looking for a photographer. Think about it for a minute. Most of these qualities are attributes that any employer would look for in an outstanding employee. These are the qualities that drive us all to be the best at what we do. Don't settle for an average photographer. Find the photographer that you connect with and one who has the attributes you consider to be the most important for the job at hand.

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