7 TIPS FOR HIRING A NASHVILLE PHOTOGRAPHER
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One of the biggest mistakes people make when hiring a photographer is making an impatient or hasty hiring decision. Hiring a photographer is an important decision and finding the right photographer for your wedding or event can make or break your post wedding memories. Another mistake is having tunnel vision, whether it’s about price or any other one thing, there are several important factors to consider before engaging a photographer.
The first question to ask is whether the photographer has the ability to illustrate your “style”. Will your wedding be documentary and contemporary, or more classic and poised? It’s important to have a photographer who best captures your style. One should not expect a photographer to conform to your style unless they are seasoned and have the ability to give you what you want, regardless of price. Take your time to pick the photographer that is right for you. Spending extra money on your dress, flowers and the venue will not help if your photos are sub par. When the wedding is over, and your life together begins, make sure the photographer has captured your memories accurately.
When you meet the photographer determine if the photographer seem passionate and positive about what they do. Do they seem to enjoy it? Since wedding photography is a personal service and they will be around your loved ones make sure they have the personality to enhance the experience. You want not only exceptional photos, but also for it to be a fun experience. It’s important for you to get a feel for this.
Top 7 questions you should ask your photographer.
1. Does your photographer have liability insurance? This is often required by venues, and having insurance is one mark of professionalism.
2. Does your photographer have backup equipment in case of any failure?
3. What type of post-production work is offered on the images? Usually shooting and burning with no post production is sloppy and unprofessional.
4. Does your photographer have print rights with the digital images provided on disc?
5. Does your photographer offer offered customizable packages.
6. What is the turnaround time? This typically ranges from 1 to 4 weeks.
7. Does your photographer have an assistant? Not always a must, but assistants can help keep the flow going and reduce trips, and setup times.
Before engaging a photographer reivew their work in print. Viewing the photographer’s albums, coffee table books and canvases will tell you a lot about the photographer’s abilities. Think beyond Facebook, think about the end product. Ask to see at least one complete wedding shoot, so you can see what was captured, and how the story was told.
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Joe Freedman is the President and Co-Founder of Music City Tents and Peachtree Tents. Four of Joe’s companies have been listed multiple times on Inc Magazine’s Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States. Mr. Freedman has been a finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Nashville Business Journal. Joe is an accomplished serial entrepreneur who has spent more making a difference in the lives of his team and clients by launching, growing and building top-tier service companies throughout the US and abroad.
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Music City Tent’s mission is to “give others the best day of their lives.” Music City Tents and Peachtree Tents are event service equipment rental companies serving the southeastern United States from regional offices in Nashville and Atlanta. Music City is a multi-year recipient of the Hot100 list by BusinessTN Magazine and was awarded, Best in Business by the Nashville Business Journal. In 2011 and 2012, Inc. Magazine listed Peachtree on the “Inc. 5000” list of fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States. Peachtree was also nominated for “Rental Company of the Year” and Event Solutions Spotlight of the Year, by Rental Management Magazine.