If you have a fashion spread that you need to do or some project that requires high quality pictures to be taken, then you would need to find a fashion photographer. One thing to note though is that there are a dime a dozen photographers out there who claim to be in the business yet lack the necessary expertise or the talent. If you would like to ensure that you are hiring someone that is legitimate, there are a few things that you would need to consider. Here is what to look for when you are hiring a fashion photographer.
1. The first thing to check and see is whether they look the part. Granted, one should not judge a book by its cover. However in the fashion industry, how you dress says a lot about your fashion sense. The fashion photographer should be able to fit in when it comes to the fashion scene. The same way you would want a lawyer that looks formal to represent you is the same way you should find a photographer that does not look out of place at fashion events.
2. The next thing to look out for would be the experience that they have. Some photographers may claim to work in the fashion industry yet have never done a single professional shoot in their career. Fashion photography is not the same as wedding photography or taking pictures for other such events. The pictures need to stand out and be creative in both the directing as well as how they are processed. Establish beforehand what fashion events they have covered and how long they have been in the industry. This will give you a better idea as to whether or not they are the professional that you are looking to cover your fashion event.
3. Request for their portfolio. Any fashion photographer worth their salt will have a portfolio that will showcase the work that they have done. You may have found the photographer through a recommendation but you have to ensure that they are the best suited for the job that you have. The only way that you can do this is by seeing the work that they have previously done so that you can decide if that is the way you would like to go. A photographer may be reputable but if you do not see what type of work they do you cannot know if they will be best suited for you.
4. Lastly, evaluate how they respond to the job you have for them. A good photographer will ask as many questions as possible so as to ensure they bring the vision you have to life in the most realistic way possible.