Given you have enough time in your schedule, the best way to choose a headshot photographer is to meet with them. Lots of photographers would gladly meet up for a consultation. This is a way you can get to know them and their space. Make sure to come prepared with any questions or concerns you may have about the shoot. Meeting for a consultation may be important even if you have found a photographer through a referral. Most photographers will meet up with you, free of charge. Make sure you take advantage of that offer. I can provide you with some consultation times I have available, just reach out. I have also provided my clients with video chat consultations if they cannot make it into the studio. You need to trust that your photographer will deliver you with amazing headshots. If you do not trust your photographer or if you try to control your shoot too much, your headshot session will not be a success.
There are many different photographers in the Philadelphia market. Different photographers are at different price points and different levels of experience in the Philadelphia area. The right photographer for you is out there, you just have to find him/her. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Photography is not a commodity that anyone can be good at. Every photographer values their work and their time differently. Here is a list of possible questions to ask during your headshot photographer search.
How long have you been a photographer?
Avoid people who are just starting out as they don’t have the experience you are looking for.
Do you have your own studio?
This can help weed out the people who are not serious about their work. In the Philadelphia area, you are not really a professional headshot photographer unless you have your own studio.
Do you specialize in headshot photography?
This question is very important. There are a lot of people who are trying to be the one size fits all photographer. This is not something you should look for. You want to choose someone who specializes in headshots. The same way you want to go to a specialist for certain medical related issues. You want to go to a photographer that specializes in the exact thing you are looking for.
Why are you a headshot photographer?
I am a headshot photographer because I love helping people look their best. I love getting excited when I see these amazing shots showing up on the screen. Being photographed like this is a very vulnerable feeling and not many people can do it well.
Use google to search for your headshot photographer! Google is your friend. For instance, if you were in the Netherlands you would be crazy not to go see Lori Linstruth for your headshot because she has certainly made a name for herself online. She has the social proof of her product. Great headshot photographers will have plenty of reviews online for you to look over. Learning from past clients is a huge help when making this decision. Do your homework! Read the reviews, look at their work and ask them any questions you have. Once you make this decision you will probably have to live with this choice for a few years (unless you get an update), so take the time to make sure your photographer is the right one for what you need. If you are still not sure who to hire, go ahead and hire me!