There are certain things that many people do not see as an investment but we believe should be. For instance, many people take for granted having a professional photographer and actually see it as more of a luxury rather than a necessity. That is until they see the pictures that they took of their son or daughter's event. It is at that point that they realize the importance of professional photography. We realize how important these events like a child's birthday party can be both to the children and to the parents. And if you are going to go all out in preparing for the party, it would be great to have a professional photographer documenting the special moments that occur. There is nothing that is really a proper substitute for an experienced photographer. Think about how awesome it will be to have someone at the birthday party that has dedicated their life to the craft of capturing images. If you are going to all of the time and trouble and money that it is taking to pull off the perfect party, why not invest in a professional who will be able to record those very special moments that will be happening in a way that will give you pleasure time and time again. This is what we call true value. Once you have made the decision to go this route, it will take some time to find the perfect fit for you. You definitely do not want to take this search for granted, it is that important. For that reason, we have put together a guide that will help you in evaluating candidates that you find in the Reno area and in deciding which one is the best choice for your photography needs.
So, first things first. There are hundreds of photographers in the Reno area. But you need to know that that does not mean that there are hundreds of really high quality professional photographers. There is a huge difference between the two. We suggest that you start your search on the world wide web. The best way to do that is by doing a Google search for “children's photographers in the Reno area.” Now, here is where the real work begins. Start clicking on the hundreds of links you got back. There is no way that you are going to be able to click on all of them but do what you can. Perusing the online portfolio of past work will go a long way in helping you determine who you really like. When you are wowed by a particular candidate, write their name and contact information down. This is the start of your potential photographers list. Many people completely forget about their family, friends and coworkers in a search like this, but that would be huge mistake. Find out if anyone you know has ever hired a professional children's photographer. If they were wowed by the images they received, get the name of the photographer. Once you have a number of candidates to check out, you will need to check to see if any of them will be available to come to your event. If they are, now is the time to setup an interview to talk about your photographic needs.
Treat your meeting like a true job interview. There are some very important questions that you need to ask. Start with how long they have been in business. We cannot stress enough how important experience is. It take time to hone a craft like photography. A true professional takes their craft very seriously. Do they specialize in in any one genre? You definitely need to ask for references because this is one of those personal hires where it truly matters how they treat you as well. Ask about their equipment. Then look up the equipment on the web. It should be of top notch quality. Check out more of their portfolio. What if they can't make it to your event? What would be the backup plan? What is their personality like? Do you think you would enjoy working with them? Do they seem like they would be really good with kids. There is nothing wrong with paying attention to your gut feelings. If there is anything off-putting about any particular candidate, if so, cross them off of your list. When you really like one particular candidate, make sure that you do a background check on them. It is better to be safe than sorry. Once you are more than satisfied on all fronts, it is time to make your hire.