As a busy entrepreneur, you know that time is a valuable resource.
And between showing up consistently for your audience and producing engaging and meaningful content, you probably don’t have a whole lot of extra time to take professional shots for your blog.
And your phone camera can only take you so far.
With that being said…
Spending hours trying to figure out settings on a DSLR camera, and not to mention trying to get the right photo, in the right light, may not be the best use of your time. And we haven’t even gotten to the editing stage… ugh, what a headache!
By outsourcing your blog photos to a photographer, you could be setting yourself up with all the images you need to stop the scroll and have those leads setting up camp on YOUR page.
So, if you are ready to get those eye catching, click-worthy professional photos that will take your blogs to the next level…
…then it’s time to hire a professional photographer.
Whether you’re setting up shop on google or pinterest, professional visual content is going to give you more shares and saves across all social media platforms.
It doesn’t matter if your blog is explaining how to bake the very best chocolate chip cookies, or what to wear on you next date night, having a beautiful image will get you more clicks and keep your readers on the page longer.
So, here are 7 things to keep in mind when searching for the right photographer for your blog
1. Have a budget in mind
As we all know, money is a big factor in decision-making. Before you start shopping around for a photographer, have a number in mind of how much you want to invest in your blog photos. This will help you narrow down your selection.
2. Make sure they have a consistent style and you like their current work
Whatever your niche is, you want your photographer’s style to match it.
Every photographer is different, and they will have their own way of capturing an image. Examine their work to make sure that they have the skills necessary to take your blog in the direction you want to go.
Finding the right photographer, the one who understands your unique vision, can bring your blog to life!
3. Make sure to discuss exactly what you need
Set up clear expectations for the images that you need from the photographer. Discuss where you will use the photos, and what they will be used for.
Are you just looking for photos to be used on your blog, or do you want images for social media as well?
4. Ask what rights you’ll have to the photos
As with most things business related, you want to know your rights. Typically, when you hire a photographer, they will have ownership of the images and you will have the rights to use those images. Just make sure that you understand all the legal stuff before jumping in feet first!
And while you’re at it… make sure that your photographer has a contract in place.
5. Will the images be edited?
Having your professional photos edited can be the difference between a good photo and a stunning photo.
Make sure to ask the photographer about their editing process:
- How many edited images are included in their pricing?
- Does the editing cost any additional fees?
- Are the images individually edited?
Just like all photographers have a shooting style, they also have an editing style, so make sure you are in love with both!
6. How long will it take to receive the final images?
This is a biggie… before you make your decision, ask the photographer about their turn around timeline.
The last thing you want to be doing is waiting months for your product photos! You want to get those babies up pronto, so just make sure you are clear on what your timeframe is going to be to receive your final images.
7. If you want images of yourself, make sure they take those photos locally
Putting photos of yourself in your blog can be a great way to build that genuine connection with your audience.
If you are looking for brand building, professional photos for your blog and you’re in the Phoenix area, contact me or head over to Instagram and send a DM . I would love to chat about your vision for your blog!