Please, Please talk to your photographer, before you book and before the photosession.
It really doesn’t matter who the photographeryou’re planning to use is. Make sure you talk to them. Understand where they’re coming from, and make sure you understand what they do. We all get caught out sometimes. One of the things we’re seeing more and more often, is people just assuming that all photographers/videographers provide the same services. Truth is they don’t.
Recently I spoke with a photographer with a very distinctive style. His work is way different. To be honest, probably too different for most people. But, good on him, he does it his way. Anyway, long story short. He is contacted to do a job. Shows his portfolio, which by the way is crammed with his distinctive style. Het gets the job…. Fast forward to delivery of the pictures and his client is shocked at the photos he delivers. Huh! How could this be? He’s been upfront about his style, shown samples of how he shoots but when he delivers that very same look to the client they are shocked. The answer is very simple. Communication. Neither the photographer or the client actually talked about what they hoped the resulting photos would look like. The client fully expected the photographer to shoot like a normal photographer, despite being shown images that were far from normal.
Another example recently, involved architectural photography. And to appreciate this you have to understand that every photographer with a DSLR thinks they are architectural photographers. Whereas the people shooting architecture generally have specialist cameras costing upwards of $60k. These cameras are difficult to operate. Take massive amounts of learning and practice to even be able to produce acceptable images. However the benifit is, in the right hands these prehistoric styled cameras, deliver breathtaking quality. So instead of the photographer rocking up for an hour, walking around shooting off a few frames, then delivering the unfinished result on a DVD. The real deal architectural guy, may take a couple of days or more just to shoot a handful of frames. If you’re trying to flog off a little old pickers hut, located in a nasty suburb the DSLR guy is you shooter. But if the subject is a multi-million dollar office complex then chances are you’ll need the guy with all the right gear.
To know which photographer you need you will need to talk to not only the photographer, but also someone with some knowledge of your intended use for the photos.