Whether you are hiring him/her to shoot for your business, your wedding, your birthday, or for any other celebration, you have to make sure that he/she is a professional photographer.

Every photographer who needs a job will tell you he/she is a professional, but how do you know a professional photographer?

Here are five questions to ask any photographer before you hire him. This is a very good way to know if the photographer is a professional or not.

  1. Are you insured? This is the first question you should ask any photographer. If his/her is yes, you can move to the next question. But if the answer is NO, there is no need hiring the photographer. Anything can happen, what if the photographer mistakenly fell, injured himself and broke his camera? You have to make sure that any photographer you hire is insured, so as to avert unnecessary problems.
  2. Do you have a backup photographer? If r the answer is no, then you should not hire that photographer. As I said in the first tip, anything can happen. However, if the photographer has a backup photographer, all unnecessary mistakes will be avoided.
  3. How many events similar to mine do photograph in a year? when you are hiring someone, it is best you hire a photographer that has vast experience with your type of event you want to host. For instance, if you are having your wedding party, you need to be sure that the photographer is very experienced in the job. If you hire a beginner, he/she might get so frustrated and anxious when dealing with multitudes of people. You should hire a professional photographer, so you wouldn’t end up regretting when you see all the photos.
  4. What is your delivery timeline and what does your fee include? Before you even start thinking of hiring a professional photographer, you need to understand what you are paying for – how many images, the album types, how much time, the format of delivering your subject and what is included in your package. Not only that, you should also ask questions about the delivery timeline and editing.
  5. Do you require a written contract? Just in case of any trouble, you need to make sure that the photographer requires a written contract. Anything can happen, so the contract covers you and the photographer. The contract should also spell out the expectation of you and your photographer, just to avoid any misunderstandings.