Hosting an event requires herculean effort, it could be a wedding ceremony, a wedding party, a school reunion or a college party. What threads most events together are the memories we create while we are there and only way we can relive these moments is by preserving them in the only way we can, photos. This thus calls for the need of an event photographer.
A professional event photographer is someone who can capture the most important and significant moments at an event. It is important to know how to properly choose a professional event photographer for quality coverage.
Thus stated below are tips on how to go about choosing a professional event photographer:
Review Portfolios and previous work
One thing to take note of when hiring a professional event photographer is to go through the quality of their work and service. Previous work by this photographer should be critically assessed by you. You can do this by requesting for multiple samples of their work or going through their social media pages to see for yourself. The event photographer might have a website, so that makes it easier to read up expert reviews and customer feedback on the quality of their work.
You should have a sit down with the event photographer, you can invite them to dinner or coffee so you can gauge their creative depth. This is especially done if you are trying to employ reportage or documentary style of photography in your event or if you are unsure about the style you want to use. Hence, a face to face meeting with the photographer will be necessary so you can bounce ideas off each other and brainstorm on possible styles. It also helps you to know if the photographer is well equipped to achieve what you want.
Image Delivery Process/Pricing
You have to know the photo delivery options of the professional event photographer, these options include, how many images will be delivered to you, how long it will take to receive the photos after the event, the medium with which you would use to get your photo. The pricing of the photos should also be known beforehand, the charging rates, is the charging based on number of pictures or number of hours, what happens if there is overtime ? The variables that affect pricing should be known before hiring the photographer.
You have to ask the photographer pertinent questions like, what happens if he or she is incapacitated to make it to the event. Does the event photographer have an assistant or other team of shooters. What wealth of equipment does the photographer ?what happens if he an equipment (camera for instance) breaks up during the ceremony. Is the event photographer well equipped to cover your events properly? You are using a small hall that would not allow the use of large lighting set ups, does he/she have sets of flash that can offset this problem ? Your event photographer should have a deep tool box enough for unforeseen circumstances that might arise during the coverage of your event.