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Checking References: How to Hire a Photographer and Not Get Burned
Posted By Nick Miller On September 27, 2012 @ 8:47 pm In Advice for Clients | 3 Comments
Hiring creative vendors can be a risky adventure. Even if they have an impressive portfolio and you’ve enjoyed talking with them, you shouldn’t gamble your budget on images and rapport alone.
A photographer is more than what they can pull out of a darkroom, or these days, Photoshop. Considering the costs and time involved, you must check their references. Before signing on the dotted line, ask for the contact details of at least three recent clients who had projects similar to yours.
But aren’t all references going to say positive things? Not always, especially if you know what to ask and how to how to probe for details.
Once you have chatted with each reference, check the Internet, too. Google the photographer’s name plus “photographer.” You might find forums, blogs or other sites that discuss the photographer’s skills. Check Yelp, too, which provides reviews of local businesses. Also look for the photographer’s social media presence: Does he or she post regularly? It’s not necessary to have 1,000 followers, but look for signs that the photographer is engaged and active.
Whether you are hiring a photographer for simple headshots, the annual report or an ad campaign, their work reflects on you. Any photographer worth hiring will be the ideal combination of artist and professional.
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