Great photography is key to growing your blog and instagram.
Whether you're a fashion blogger or a food blogger, at some point you may need to hire a photographer for you blog.
Here are some tips to make sure you find the right photographer to have a successful shoot for your blog.
Free vs Paid
First you need to decide on your budget for finding a photographer. Some photographers are willing to collaborate for free, but with more and more bloggers entering the scene it’s getting harder to do so. Additionally, you have less creative control when you aren’t paying a photographer. Sometimes the photographer won’t release the unedited, raw photos- making it difficult to maintain a theme on your blog or instagram. When you pay a photographer, you’re able to specify exactly the shots you want and whether you want them edited or not.
Hiring a Photographer
Many photographers charge by the hour, or have pre set shoot rate. To narrow your search and easily see pricing, you can use Shuttr.com. On Shuttr you can search by location and specialization such as “blogger photos” or “event photography”.
Narrow your search
Start by narrowing your search to your location. Shuttr has freelancers all over the US, with most of them being in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. Once you’ve selected your location, you can browse freelancer profiles.
Messaging a Photographer
Once you’ve found a photographer you like, you may have questions about price, editing, etc. You can click the “Contact” button to send your photographer a message. Many photographers are willing to negotiate on price, especially if it’s a project that they like. If you find a photographer that you like that is out of your price range, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they’d be willing to negotiate!
Some things you may want to ask your photographer:
How long will it take to receive the photos?
Do you release the RAW files?
Does your price include editing?
You can also include inspiration photos, locations and different ideas for your shoot to give the photographer a feel for what kind of photos you want.
To ensure you have a successful shoot, you’ll want to book your photographer beforehand to ensure they show up. The last thing you want is to be prepared for a shoot and have a photographer flake on you.
As with anything, people are much more reliable when payment is involved. Shuttr allows you to pay beforehand safely, so that you are sure your photographer will show up. Once the shoot is completed your photographer is paid, to ensure both parties are secure.
There are a few ways to receive your photos depending on quickly you need them. If you prefer to edit the photos yourself and need them quickly, you can bring an SD card, external hard drive and laptop to the shoot to transfer them as soon as possible.
If you want your photos edited, it will likely take a few days to receive them. The photographer can then use Google Drive or Dropbox to send you the photos that you are able to download.