Finding a photographer that is right for a corporate shoot can seem like an impossible task. “Photographers” are a dime a dozen these days, and it’s your job to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here are some things you’re going to want to look for in that regard:
The Photographer’s Contract
The fastest way to see if you’re dealing with a professional photographer is to ask to have a sample contract drawn up for your first meeting. Most amateurs have no idea (or no budget) to get this task done, and you’ll want to avoid the photographers who fall into this category.
Portfolio And References
The best photographers will have a long list of happy customers, as well as plenty of examples of past work for you to view. This step in the selection process is important on multiple fronts:
First and foremost, you are able to verify that you aren’t the “test case” for some novice photographer. Corporate photography is something that good photographers work up to, it is not the field where a newbie can get their feet wet.
Also, a fleshed out portfolio allows you to get a feel for the photographer’s style. There are few things that are more disheartening than going through the trouble of a corporate shoot (after paying a sizable down payment) and realizing that you don’t like the artist’s work.
Asking a photographer to break down their budget for the shoot (alongside your own projections) proves that the person or agency you are dealing with is truly top of the line. Amateurs will give you surprises. Professionals can give you solid numbers (and stick to those numbers as well.
A A corporate photographer is not your typical artist. They cannot expect to get by on inspiration in the moment. For a corporate event or photo shoot to go well there needs to be a solid plan. Before signing a contract and making a down payment, make sure that you and your potential photographer can nail down a solid schedule. You’ll also want to ensure that you have a list of every shot that you expect to receive at the end of the day.
Finding a photographer that fits all of these criteria isn’t as hard as you think. The best individuals and agencies have established online presences. You can begin the process of finding your next corporate photographer right now!
One of the photographers our company recomends is Ian Waller and not just for corporate photography, but also for wedding photography.