There are tons of great photographers out there. How can you pin down to the right photographer? Here are some tips that I think would be helpful for you to hire a photographer who you will be happily working with.
1. Start with Style
Select the photographers who have the style you love. Bright and airy, dark and moody, something in between, soft and romantic, crispy look for fashion industry?
2. Consistency is the key
Browse through their websites/portfolios. Select the photographers who provide consistent style, meaning they don't shift their styles back and forth. There's nothing wrong to embrace all kinds of styles, but its harder for you to assure you get the results you are looking for.
3. Fit your Budget
Find a photographer whose fees fit your budget. Experienced photographers may charge more because they can consistently provide high quality work. If you can afford, they may be a breeze to work with. However, if a new photographer's work is as consistent as the experienced ones, chances are you will get good quality of photos within your budget. Their work says it all.
Find a photograher who responds to you in a reasonable time in a professional manner. Whether you are preparing your big day or family photoshoot, it takes a lot of work to put together things for photoshoot. You may even need to take one work day off. Make sure you hire a photographer who cares about your business and is easy to communicate. This will save you a lot of worries. Besides, a photographer who cares about you is more willing to fix any concerns on the photos for you later on.
5. Products you need
Last but not the least, you want to make sure they have products that you need. It's a hassle after your photoshoot just to find out that your photographer doesn't provide any design or print service. If you want professional prints from high-quality printing labs (who only work with professional photographers), you want to make sure your photographer provide prints service. Professional photographers, in most cases, are not allowed to print the photos taken by other photographers.
Hopefully these tips will give you a general guidance to start with. Best, Crystal