Tips for Avoiding Amateur Photographers

When you schedule an appointment to get photos taken with a professional photographer, it is often for a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary party, or to get photos of you and your family that you want to have as memories to last a lifetime. Whatever the case, when you hire a professional photographer, it is with the expectation that you will get the highest quality photographs so you can preserve those photos forever.

Unfortunately these days there are some people who believe that with digital photography, all you need to be a good photographer is an expensive camera. Professional photographers know there is a lot more to capturing you and your loved ones at your best, so here are some tips to avoid bad photographers.

Tip #1: Go with Experience
Experience alone doesn’t guarantee that someone is a good photographer, but chances are if someone has been taking pictures for a very long time, they have a record of satisfied customers and will be able to do a good job. For example, JayLynn Studios has been in the professional photo business for decades, which can help you feel confident that the photographer who takes your pictures is going to have enough experience to make sure that you get the perfect pictures every time.

Tip #2: Ask for Referrals
People who get great photographs will often be happy to offer a good referral for their photographer. With the prevalence of social media, it’s easier than ever to find out whether or not someone was happy with their photographer and their photos. When you see someone’s pictures posted on Facebook and Twitter, contact them to ask about their photographer. You can also get in touch with friends and family to ask for referrals so you can make sure you are satisfied with your pictures.

Tip #3: Browse a Photo Gallery
Any photographer worth hiring should have an extensive photo gallery for you to browse, like the one available at JayLynn Studios website. Pay attention to whether or not you like the poses, the backgrounds, and all the details in the pictures. You may find photographers who prefer to go with more abstract or artistic poses, colors, and exposures, while others stick to more traditional formats. If you have a preference one way or another, make sure you hire someone who takes pictures in the style you like.

Tip #4: Don’t be Afraid to Say No
When it comes to your big day, many people find that they have a random relative or a long-lost high school friend who will offer to take your pictures for a discounted rate, or even for free. While it’s nice to steer your business toward family and friends when possible, make sure you put that photographer through the same vetting process that you would for anyone who you might hire to take your family or special occasion photos. Ask for referrals, browse through their photo gallery, and find out how much experience they have taking pictures like the ones you want to capture. If the answers to these questions don’t satisfy your criteria for a quality photographer, don’t be afraid to say no. After all, once the moment has passed, you’ll never be able to capture it in photography for your memories again.

When you want the highest quality, experience and customer satisfaction matter. Contact JayLynn Studios today for your next photography experience.