Photographers Near Me | Where To Hire A Professional Photographer

Many cities have local professional photographers that offer a variety of services ranging from commercial architecture to real estate to wedding photography and fine art photography. While some photographers are considered generalists and can be competent at multiple styles of photography most professionals tend to specialize one or two defined niches. Have you have ever thought about or wondered "how do I hire photographers near me?" I'll answer your questions in this article along with providing some of my own personal recommendations.

Vineyard Dreams

One of the premiere wine regions in the world for Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville AVA is comprised of 19 vineyards, 8,000+ acres and more than 1,000+ acres of planted wine grapes.

Why Hire A Professional Photographer?

The difference between a professional photographer and just any person with a camera is that a professional is capable of consistenly delivering the goods. Anyone can make a good picture or two with enough failures and put it into their portfolio but knowing how to service a client and do so reliably is another story. With the prevalence of $1,000 smartphones and small mirrorless cameras it can be tempting to just contact anyone with a camera but that is a mistake if you need professional results. If quality photography and service is important to you and you don't want to risk being disappointed then I would advise you to hire a professional.

Smugglers' Notch

Due to the signing of The Embargo Act of 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson, it was illegal to trade goods with Great Britain and Canada. Since Vermont was adjacent to Canada many people continued to smuggle goods and livestock over the present-day Smuggler's Notch. Fugitives used to run from the law by climbing over Smugglers' Notch and escaping to Canada. The Notch was also a hotbed of alcohol sales during the Prohibition Era with a vast quantity of liquor coming from neighboring Canada. Its safe to say that Smugglers' Notch has truly earned its' notorious name. As for myself? I smuggle fall color photos.

Hire The Right Photographer

One of the most common ways to earn a paycheck as a photographer is to shoot weddings. I hear stories all the time about how people's first paid photography work was wedding photography but then they hated it since they only accepted the job for the money. Personally I think it's a mistake to hire a rookie or Uncle Joe to shoot weddings. If you only plan to get married once do you want to take a chance on someone who has never photographed a wedding before nor know how to use strobes? Spray and pray has no place in wedding photography. Again, do your homework and hire a professional.

If you need a photographer for a commercial or editorial assignment and willing to pay for travel expenses then it's best to make sure that their style of photography matches the type of photography that you need. It doesn't make sense to contact a photographer for work that they haven't demonstrated that they can credibly accomplish. Professional photography is all about customer service.

What other things should you look for when deciding on which photographer to work with? Every photographer worth hiring should have a website with detailed information. Read what they have to say; do they sound like they know what they're talking about? The right photographer should be able to adequately answer your questions. If you have further doubts then reach out to them and ask. Those whom are serious about providing customer service should respond within 24 hours ideally. Also look for examples of where their photography has been published. Anyone worth hiring should have some sort of track record at least. For example, here are some places where you can find my work.

What If There Aren't Any Good Photographers Near Me?

Lets face it. There are a lot of photographers out there but most of the work out there is mediocre or they aren't capable of delivering a professional product. Finding a good professional photographer near you might not always be a realistic or even the best option. If you find yourself in that situation then look outside of your immediate area. The internet has connected the entire world so don't just settle for anyone with a camera. Ask around as well. Word of mouth has and always will be an important referral tool. In fact, I would suggest starting with the list of photographers below.

Desert Super Bloom

Flowers seem to run in my family. My grandmother has always loved flowers and so has my mom. While I'm more of a photographer who happens to enjoy photographing flowers. When visiting in Southern California recently, my mom and I decided to go explore Joshua Tree and photograph the extensive wildflower bloom.

Rather than create another literal interpretation of the 2019 California Super Bloom, I decided to spend time focusing on a small group of lupine in order to create a more personal interpretation of this incredible scene. The challenge with photographing flowers is even the slightest bit of wind leads to blurry photos so I would frequently have to wait out the wind to ensure sharp photos. I shoot many frames of varying compositions, exposure and timing in order to find the perfect frame.

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