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Alabama Photography | 7 Strategies for Choosing the Right Photographer for You

Looking for a photographer near you that's the perfect fit for your photography needs? It can be hard to know where to start, but these seven practical tips can help you start comparing your options and find the photographer who best meets your needs.

Make Sure the Photographer Fits Your Style.

Photography is an art form, and every photographer has a different artistic and editing style. You should be sure that the photographer you choose has a style and portfolio that matches what you’re looking for. Be sure to take a look at their website, past work, and any additional portfolios they may have in order to get an idea of what kind of images they’re able to produce. If anything looks off or different than what you had in mind, this photographer may not be the right fit for you!

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Research Reviews and Testimonials

Looking through reviews and testimonials from previous customers is a great way to get an idea of how satisfied people have been with the photographer’s work. Try to read several different reviews if you can, as looking at an average rating may not always reflect the overall quality of their service. Looking for photographers that are highly recommended by previous clients can give you greater confidence in their talent, services and finished product.

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Ask For Pricing Information

Once you’ve done your research and narrowed down the photography style you love, one of the next best steps is to ask for pricing information if they don't have it listed on their website. Make sure that you include all of the details of what kind of photography you need along with any special requests, so that photographers can provide an accurate estimate.

Ask What Services are Included in the Cost of Your Session

There are many products and services that may or may not be included in the cost of your session. Photography business models vary vastly depending on the type of photography services you are needing. Many photographers include the use of client wardrobes or props in their session costs. On the other hand, professional hair and makeup services or travel fees may be an additional cost. Digital and print packages may be included or sold separately. So be sure to ask what's included and what you will need to pay additional fees for before booking.

Ask if Printed Products Are Offered

Some photography studios offer printed art pieces to showcase your beautiful memories, and some don't. If having someone else worry with designing and ordering your printed art or having your images displayed in your home is important to you, make sure you ask what printing and design services are available.

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Ask What Type of Editing or Retouching is Included

Most photographers offer basic retouching services to client galleries. If you are looking for a more artistic style or more in-depth editing, be sure to clarify this with your potential photographer before booking as more complicated edits usually incur additional costs.

Talk With Potential Photographers

In our tech-centered world we tend to do everything digitally. And why not? It's so fast and convenient. But before hiring a photographer, it is important to talk with them to make sure that your personalities are compatible and that you will work well together. You want the pictures from this special moment of your life to be memorable in the best way possible. Don't let an uncomfortable situation or ill-fitting dynamic ruin the moments you want to remember forever!

Hiring a professional photographer is one of the best ways to honor and celebrate some of life's biggest moments. Hopefully, these tips will help you navigate through finding and booking the perfect photographer for you!

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