How to Find a Photographer for your Event
It is a given that when photographing an event, details matter. A lot of hard work goes into producing an event of any size and a photographer's job is in part to capture those details. However, a photographer’s priority should be on capturing defining moments of an event that both tell a story and evoke a feeling. Every image should be about something, whether that be an emotion, reaction, or an interaction, there should be meaning behind the photograph. These are the images that offer a window into what it was like to be there. Prior to the day of your event, it is a good idea to brief your photographer on the series of events if any, and provide them with a written timeline.
One of the ways to find a good photographer is by talking to your network. This is often the best way to ensure you get someone who’s reliable. Talk to your colleagues and friends for positive recommendations.
The next good place to start your search is on one of the many freelance job sites around the web. Also, photography associations have large databases where you can find a range of photographers in your area. Talk with the venue or vendors who have worked in the venue about photographers they’ve seen in action before. Is there someone who stands out to them for their impressive work? You might just find a hidden gem this way.
Look at the communication channels you can reach the photographers on. Do they have a website? Email? Phone? Social media? The more options you have to reach them, the better. Check their portfolio to see the quality of their work. Focus on the examples that are relevant to your event. Also, look out for how many events they have done in the past. Online reviews and personal references are perhaps the best way to evaluate an event photographer.
Before hiring the best photographer you should ask the photographer different questions so that you learn their abilities, and determine how you can take advantage of their abilities.
Remember, trying to find an event photographer requires just as much research and attention to detail as finding any other member of your event team. Good luck!