Edmonton Photographer Question #1. What is your photographic specialty?
Asking this question will allow you to get a sense of the photographer’s expertise. This will also start to separate the individuals who shoot everything “on the side” from the true professionals who tend to specialize in one specific area.
Booking an Edmonton photographer can often be difficult in that many people with a digital camera think they are photographers. This has led to an influx of subpar photographers in the Edmonton market who claim to photograph anything from wedding photography, children, portraits, to events, commercial, editorial, and special events…
Be cautious, you don’t want a photographer who specializes in commercial photography or landscapes shooting your wedding or special event. Do your research and request images specific to your project. At Instant Memories we specialize in wedding and event photography. You can see our special event photography samples at www.impevents.ca
Edmonton Photographer Question #2. Do you release the negatives, copyrights or high resolution digital files?
This is a very important question to ask. The last thing you want to do is book an Edmonton photographer for any project and have them hold the rights to your images. Since you will be paying a decent amount just to hire a professional you should own all copyrights to the photographs. At Instant Memories we release all copyrights and files to the clients at no additional charge.
Edmonton Photographer Question #3. Can we meet for a consultation?
Most Edmonton photographers who are professionals have an office where you can meet for a consult or to discuss your photographic needs. If your Edmonton photographer wants to meet you at your office, a house or a coffee shop, especially if it’s not during business hours we suggest be wary. You need to ask yourself are they a professional or someone who shoots on the side? If they’re not good enough to work in photography full time, why are they good enough to shoot the most important event of your life? Who will shoot your wedding if this person gets sick? What contingency plans to they have in case of emergencies?
Edmonton Photographer Question #4. Ask for references and more portfolio photos from the same shoot.
Portfolios can lie. Often photographers take the very best image from one wedding and work on it for hours, perfecting it for a portfolio piece. Chances are you will not want just one image from your wedding, or special event. So ask to see at least five photographs from the same shoot.
This is a very direct approach to your Edmonton photographer, but it lets them know you have high expectations for all the images you are hiring them to take and not just one. Many Edmonton photographers will say Photoshop is needed to enhance the photos. We disagree as do many seasoned Edmonton photographers. In the days of film the photographer had to “shoot clean” and not rely on Photoshop so why expect anything less.