Questions To Ask When Choosing a Photographer, Top San Francisco Corporate Headshot and Event Photographer

Questions To Ask When Choosing a Photographer, Top San Francisco Corporate Headshot and Event Photographer

When considering a new photographer for any project, you should be focussed on more than just the look and feel of their images. Obviously, the end product is important and is often what attracts new clients however, the process should be equally weighted.

That’s why I have provided a list of questions and why they’re important to ask when considering a new supplier for your corporate headshot or event photographer.

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  1. When are you available? Seems like a no-brainer, but a photographer’s availability says a lot about them. If you’ve left things to the last minute (pro-tip: avoid at all costs!) and have a requirement for next week, any photographer that has immediate openings should be considered a red flag. A great photographer is usually in high demand and has a schedule booked weeks and months out. The caveat is that a great photographer is also a pro at balancing their schedule and will be honest about whether they can accommodate your request, however last minute it may be. A good rule of thumb for event photography is to start your search for photographers the minute you’ve secured your venue and dates. As for headshots, a 1-month lead time can usually be accommodated but the longer, the better.
  2. How many headshots can you cover in 1 day? We’re aiming for quality over quantity and the client needs will dictate how efficient I can be. Location changes, natural elements, wardrobe changes are all things that will add to the time it takes to capture your team’s headshots. In short, there is no magic number but trust that I work efficiently once set up!
  3. What is your rate? Budget is a common consideration when working with photographers. Be sure to ask whether they charge a day rate (and if so, how long their day is) or if they charge an hourly rate? When production assistants are required, is that included in the overall rate or are they to be paid separately? It’s vital to remember that with all things in life, you get what you pay for. Cost considerations for the photographer that are factored into their quote include equipment (lighting, cameras, backdrops, props, boxes, tripods & more), assistants, travel time, working time, editing time and more. Keep that in mind when reviewing quotes for photographers and remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  4. When will I receive the images? Again, the answer to this isn’t cut-and-dry but the bottom line is that I’m flexible. Be up front about your expectations and deadlines and I’ll do my best to work within those timelines. Considerations should be made for projects requiring more post-production time as well as photos delivered in multiple formats.
  5. How many images will you provide? My job as your photographer is to weed through the hundreds to thousands of images I shoot and only provide you with the best. I don’t want to overwhelm you with every single frame I shoot and will exercise my professional judgement in selecting the images you see. As for a specific number, it usually works out to roughly fifty percent of what I capture, and even in that there are duplicates that are weeded out for being too similar.
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Now that you’re armed with the top 5 intelligent questions to ask a photographer the next time you’re planning an event, corporate rebrand or company headshots, I hope that it will aid you in sourcing the best vendor for your needs. I would love to answer any or all of these questions for you in further detail, so don’t hesitate to contact me today.

 

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San Francisco Personal Brand Photographer, Corporate Brand Photographer, Corporate Headshot and Event Photographer

375 Alabama St. 480 San Francisco CA 94110 liz@lizcaruana.com

New lifestyle fashion work – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

I was so happy to work with Jenn Bonnett for my lifestyle fashion photography shoot.

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I’ve been pining over doing a shoot in the Lands End area of San Francisco for years and finally found the right stylist to work with me on it. Jenn and I spent many an hour brainstorming concepts and coming up ways to have the shoot look effortless and fun.

I think we really succeeded on this one as all the elements came together. We had fantastic models, great weather, and gorgeous scenery. If you’ve never been to Lands End, it literally is the Lands End. There is no more San Francisco at this point. It sits atop steep cliffs and never ending stair cases with epic views of the beach, the ocean and the Marin Headlands. In San Francisco on a clear warm day, it doesn’t get much better than this. Our models came from both Scout and Stars and proved to be great choices. Our hair and make up artist was Tacha Scott Santana owner of Dream Girl Make Up Institute. Tacha always does an amazing job and I could not be happier with the work she does.

When putting together a shoot with multiple models it’s really important that the girls match. This can be pretty challenging as they not only need to match height wise photographically, but they also need to be able to instantly connect so that they portray that they are friends. Lucky for us we keep a pretty light atmosphere on set and everyone became fast friends. I wish I could do this shoot over again except without the camera so that I could hang out and enjoy the beautiful sunset at the end of the day.

Thank you ladies for an amazing photoshoot. I couldn’t have done it without this amazing team that I get to work with!

Check out the rest of the images from the shoot below.

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If would like to book a sports fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.