Wedding photographers can cost up to $10,000 or more.

You can do a whole lot with $10,000. You could travel to another country for a few days, pay off a few months’ worth of rent, or invest in crypto to make more money down the road. 

Even if you’re only paying a couple of hundred dollars for a portrait photo session, it’s important to make sure your money is going to the right photographer! 

We’ll show you how to pick the best photographer with the below guide. 

Reviews And Portfolio

When selecting an expert photographer, always check out their reviews and portfolio. There are a few reasons to do this. 

The first reason for peeking is to check out the quality of their work. Paying for professional photography is expensive so it’s important to know you’ll be getting your money’s worth. Stray away from any photographer with a handful of negative reviews.

Looking at their portfolio is also important because you need to make sure you align with their style. Every photographer has a different way of capturing a subject and editing a photo. 

Lastly, an extensive portfolio shows you that the photographer has devoted plenty of time, training, and attention to their craft!

Reach Out

If you’ve found a local photographer that you’d like to work with, reach out to chat about your dream photoshoot. 

Look at their social media or website to see how they prefer to be contacted. Some photographers have a contact form to fill out, and others don’t mind the occasional Instagram direct message. 

(When you are looking at websites, make sure they look professional. A professional site, such as, says a lot about the photographer.)

In your first message to the photographer, introduce yourself and share the types of photos you’d like to capture. Then ask if they’re available for a consultation.

Pay attention to how they answer and how quickly they answer. Communication is key in the photography industry. 

Whenever you do meet with the photographer, make sure you’re comfortable with them. Being comfortable will make for a fun shoot!

Know Your Budget

Be firm with yourself when creating your budget, especially if you’re hiring a photographer for a major event. 

If you’re hiring a photographer for a single shoot, don’t forget to consider the price of your shoot outfits, makeup, hair, etc. Always chat with the photographer about their package options and what’s included. 

Are you sad about not being able to hire an ‘expert photographer’? Luckily for you, there’s a good chance a local photographer is nearby with the same level of skills. And they’re cheaper too!

Say Cheese: Selecting The Best Photographer

Make sure your money is being used in the best way possible for your upcoming photoshoot. Use the above guide to select the best photographer. 

Always look at a photographer’s portfolio to double-check their experience. Reach out to schedule a consultation, and know your budget beforehand. 

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