Louisville and Lexington photographer, Adam Brennan, photographs Scott Heesemann and his daughter Finn at Old Blue Ribbon Farm.
No matter the type of photography you’re looking for, whether it’s wedding photography, a commercial shoot, senior portraits or an awards ceremony, finding the best Kentucky photographer can be daunting. From comparing styles and prices to figuring out which Louisville or Lexington photographer to invest in, here are 6 tips to help narrow your search before making any sort of commitment.
Know What Style of Photography You Prefer
There are many different photographers with many different styles of photography. Event and portrait photography will typically fall under the umbrella of posed portraiture or documentary. While many photographers tend to do a little of both, their works will usually emphasize one over the other. Think about what you would prefer: mostly traditional poses or more emphasis on the candid nature of a subject’s personality. Once you have decided your preference, look through a photographer’s website, Instagram, and Facebook page to see what style their photography gravitates toward and compare them to other photographers. If you are looking for traditional portraiture notice if the photography looks generic across multiple photographers or if their portraits truly stand out. If you are looking for more candid shots, look for technical accuracy and consistency in the photographer’s ability to capture the personality of an event or subject.
A Specialized Photographer Doesn’t Always Mean the Right Photographer
Look at a wide range of photographers. If they say they are a wedding photographer but you are looking for senior portraits ask if they do any. Likewise, don’t just search “wedding photographers” exclusively but look at a broad range of photographers in your area. There are photographers who excel at many niches of photography.
Compare Cost Vs. Value
Most professional photography ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the type of shoot (i.e. wedding, commercial, headshots etc.) When comparing prices note the quality of the photographers work, such as technical accuracy and consistency. Also ask about the gear they provide, what their contract is, their experience and any references of previous shoots they can provide.
Look for Consistency and Competency
Ask a potential photographer to show you all the photos from one particular shoot. Notice if there are a few excellent but ‘lucky’ shots, or if all the photos are of the same exquisite caliber. See if all the photos are in focus, that key moments were captured, and that the photographs aren’t grainy or too bright or dark. Ask them about any challenges of the event and how they overcame the challenges. Make sure your photographer can problem solve quickly should something happen. Looking for these qualities within your photographer’s portfolio and performance will build your confidence in his or her ability to provide you with exemplary photos.
Ask About Backup Gear
As beautiful a thing as technology is, damages can occur or equipment can fail at the worst possible moment. Make sure your photographer has his or her bases covered should any equipment fail during the shoot. Ask if their backup equipment is of equal quality as their primary equipment.
Make Sure Your Personalities Mesh
Most everybody feels a little awkward and stiff in front of a camera. Having your photograph taken is an experience that should be relaxing and enjoyable instead of worrying about if you have a double chin or if your pose is awkward. Look for a photographer you can laugh with and whose personable. That allows for you to be yourself and for your photographs to truly represent your personality.
Scott Heeseman holds his daughter, Finn, at Old Blue Ribbon Farm. Photographed by Louisville and Lexington photographer Adam Brennan