When is it safe to use a cheap photographer?

Photographers come in all kinds of price brackets and it can be hard to tell who’s going to do a good job and who isn’t.  In the current economic climate, it can be tempting to opt for the cheapest photography that you can find, but is it safe to do so?  Here are our thoughts on when it can be safe to opt for an inexpensive photographer.

1.        When they’re building a portfolio

Every photographer needs to build a portfolio when they’re starting out, and one of the ways to do this is to offer low prices or even to work for free. The photographer in question may be brilliant, or awful, or completely OK.

Just be very careful about assessing every aspect of their work.  In particular, make sure that you see a whole series of images already taken for a client, not just cherry-picked images from a range of photoshoots.  We’d very strongly recommend that you download our free checklist for choosing a photographer to make sure that you check everything thoroughly.  And we’d have to say that we’re not convinced about using someone inexperienced for a big event like a wedding or christening.

2.        When it’s a tiny job

While it’s nice to have the reassurance that your photographer is going to be great,  let’s be realistic. Sometimes you have a tiny project and, accompanying it, a tiny budget.  And sometimes there wouldn’t be too much hassle involved if the images need to be retaken.  An example could be a newly decorated bedroom in a hotel, when you just need a single image for your website, or a new product for a thumbnail on a product page.  Not, repeat not, a wedding!

A good approach, if you’re uncertain about a photographer but his or her prices are compelling, is to ask to pay for the work when you’ve seen the images and are happy with them.  We offer this as standard – we don’t ask for a deposit upfront – so it should be something your photographer can accommodate too.

3.        When their extras are affordable too

Don’t be distracted by cheap photography prices that are followed by expensive add-ons.  Make sure that the quote you receive includes everything that you need, including post-production editing and hand-over of the images.  Sometimes portrait photographers in particular will offer a cheap rate for a sitting, but their prints of the finished images can be very expensive.  So be clear about all the costs in advance.

For pricing guidelines to help you budget, please visit our article on photography prices.  And if you have any questions, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.  Thank you for reading!

About us: We offer creative and cost-effective commercial photography in North Wales.  Geoff Steen, our photographer, specialises in interiors, exteriors and corporate photography.  He has clients across North Wales, Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester.  Find out more by visiting our commercial photography pages.

Posted by: Jane

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