Choosing the right photographer for your needs can be quite the daunting task! There are so many things to consider. I tell all of my potential clients the same thing: Choose the photographer that will best represent what you want out of your session. Every photographer has their own style, their own costs and their own experiences. You can use the following checklist to help make your decision:
1. Create a list of your favorite photographers after looking at their online portfolio.
In today's day and age, almost every professional photographer will have some sort of online presence. Check out their work and stick with the ones you love. Choose a style you love and find photographers that match that (portrait (posed) vs documentary (candid) vs fine art (candid but artistic). Do you want more family shots? Then choosing a pet photographer that also specializes in people might be best. Do you only really care about the photos of Duke? Then a solely pet photographer is probably the way to go.
2. Meet all the photographers whose porfolio's you love.
It is important to set a meeting before booking to make sure you all "click". Don't waste your time if you don't love their work. Make sure you have great chemistry, and that there is no awkwardness or uneasiness. Consider your pets personality. Does the photographer have the experience to work with your pets type of personality? If the answer is maybe or no, then they may not capture your pets personality.
3. Consider value when comparing quotes.
Remember: You get what you pay for. In general, better photographers cost more money. How about those cut-rate ones? Well, they're cheap for a reason. Take a look at what is included in the price they quote you and consider it's value to you. Compare packages. Find out how much time is given to the session. Think about WHY you want the photo session of your pet. What do you want to do with the photos? Choose a photographer that specializes in producing that product. If you just want fun photos of your dog or cat for social media and viewing on your phone, then that "shoot and burn" photographer may be what is best for you. If you want the photography to hang in your home alongside your other art, you should think about investing more.
4. Do your homework. Or at the very least, do a google search to see if anyone has had any major complaints with your potential hire. Carefully review their websites and blogs. Check out their facebook, instagram and twitter pages. Is client feedback positive?
5. Hire someone you trust.