Planning a party or an event can be a lot of fun, but can also take a fair amount of your time and energy. This can be particularly difficult if you also happen to work full time, have children at home, or are otherwise very involved and busy with other things. However, no one likes to say no to planning their parents’ anniversary or helping a friend plan a wedding and in fact, it can be a lot of fun for many people.
One of the most important parts of planning a party or an event is selecting an event photographer. There are a lot of different ways to go about this, starting with determining how professional you want the photographs to be. If it is just a small family gathering, maybe you do not need a professional photographer. If you are helping a friend plan a wedding, she is definitely going to want an event photographer and it could take some time to find the right one. Once you have determined that a professional or portrait photographer is needed, there are a few steps you can take to help ease the search process.
First, determine the budget. Portrait photographers typically charge by the hour, with a certain minimum number of hours that varies based on the photographer. Figure out how much you have to spend on an event photographer over all, and then work out the details from there, including the number of hours, prints, and so on.
Second, you will need to shop around. Different commercial photographers offer different types of packages for various events, so you will want to compare. Do you want four hours of their time and all of the digital prints? Maybe you want eight hours of their time but need fewer prints, or you want to add a photo booth to your event. Shopping around for different packages across commercial photographers can help you sort out exactly what your options are for different budgets.
Third, and perhaps at the same time as the second step, you will want to carefully examine their portfolios. Any reputable event photographer, such as Colorado Visions, is going to have a thorough web site which includes the different types of events they have photographed, and thorough portfolios of those types of events. From weddings to architectural photography to family or school portraits, there should be plenty of different examples of the events they have photographed in the past. You will find that each photographer has a certain style that is evident in their photographs, and you want to find one whose style matches your tastes before committing to one.
Fourth, much like the style point, find a portrait photographer who is willing to work with your budget. Maybe you want fewer prints but more of their time, or maybe you want to add a second photographer and all of the digital prints. Any photographer who is in business for themselves will negotiate a reasonable contract with you so you get what you want at a price you can afford.