When hiring an event photographer for your corporate meeting or conference, there are a few things you want to ask them ahead of time. While the days of waiting to find out how your pictures turned out from attendee’s disposal camera are over, there is still an element of anxious waiting with professional event photography. There is nothing worse than missed expectations, so make sure those expectations are voiced before heading into the event. Here are some of the most important questions to ask your event photographer:
- How much coverage is needed to cover your event? It is important to make sure that you and your photographer are on the same page about the amount of coverage is wanted. If you just want a photographer to come in for some group photographs and then some action shots during a specific segment, let them know that. If you are wanting to weave in and out of different break out sessions and get pictures from every bit of the event, let them know that too! Clear and communicated expectations are key!
- What is your ratio of staged to candid photography? For some of us, stopping in the middle of things to get a picture is the worst, but staged group photographs are essential. But they are not everything. It is important to get photographs of different groups at a corporate event, and most often those happen best when they are staged. However, to capture the interactivity and fun of the event, candid, in the moment photography is essential. So knowing how your photographer splits his or her time in terms of stage and candid photography is important to know when it is time to review, post, and send out photographs afterwards.
- How quickly can I expect to receive the photographs back after the event? After an event, there is always a time of anticipation to see how photographs turned out, especially when you are wanting to post them for publicity or send them to attendees. Having a turn around timetable can help manage how to properly disseminate the photographs from your event.