Hiring a photographer or videographer can be an intimidating process. There are so many great options out there, for a variety of budgets, it can be hard to know who to pick. There’s a lot to take into consideration!
What does your event need?
Do you need a photographer? A videographer? Both?
For most events, a photographer will suffice, but videography can be a nice touch for weddings or award based events. Check out the list below, does your event fall into one of these categories? If so, consider hiring a photographer. Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list – and sometimes the camera on your phone is all you need!
- Award banquets
- Milestone birthday parties
Research, research, research!
When it comes time to actually hiring someone, research is key. Check out their work, but make sure you’re looking at work relevant to your event, especially if you hire someone who works as a freelancer. Someone may take amazing portraits while their candids aren’t what you’re looking for, or vice versa. Request quotes and timelines and don’t forget to ask who will own the rights to the content taken!
Why hire a professional?
Even if you CAN take shots yourself, consider if that’s something you really want to do. On event day you will likely be busy ensuring everything runs smoothly and as scheduled. If your hands are busy taking photos it will be harder to address any last-minute problems that arise. Hiring someone else may take out a chunk out of your budget, but it also allows someone else to focus on aesthetics and editing after an event.
If possible, consider hiring the same photographer/videographer (or the same agency) for multiple events. This allows you to build up a relationship with them and creates an opportunity for networking for both parties!