When coming up with this article, it took me a while to narrow it down to three quality questions that fellow photographers and I get the most when hired for a job. If you are not a photographer and have asked these questions, don’t be ashamed. It happens all the time. I wrote this to inform potential photography clients that you don’t need to ask these questions. If you hired the right photographer you do not have to worry about these. Enjoy!
1. What type of camera do you use?
I feel like almost every photographer gets this question at least once from a client. Would you ask what time of jackhammer the contract is using to dig up your driveway? Do you ask what type of snake your plumber uses. You should have answered no for those two questions.
Moral of the story is, it doesn’t matter what you use as long as you get the job done. My entire portfolio could be all shot on an iPhone but you would never know that unless you hired me. You should be hiring me off my work I create not what I use to create it.
2. How many unedited photos will you send me?
I’ve gotten this question quite a few times and recently. This is one of those types of questions that make my head turn sideways in question. But I do see where the client is coming from. The answer is none.
I think the easiest way to understand any of these questions is to compare it to other jobs/professions. Say you hire a welder to build you a railing, he is not going to give you all the rails he messed up on or provide you with a rail with a bunch of defects on it. Back to me original answer of no, I am going to send you all the best images edited to my style and I think are the best.
3. Do you edit the photos?
This question is similar to the previous question. I feel I a lot of people looking to hire a photographer don’t understand that taking the picture is half the job. The other half is editing them which involves picking the best ones, fixing any mistakes, and make sure it fits the photographer’s style.
I am going to send the client the best work possible. They don’t need to see a missed focus on a couple shots or took a couple photos by accident. They hired me to photograph and edit the photos so they look the best possible.