Angie's LIST Guide to
Photography and videography

Professional photographers and videographers have the experience and equipment to create portraits and event documentation that surpass the average amateur effort. Do your homework to hire the right pro.
 

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Consider how a professional photographer or videographer can best meet your need for high-quality portraits or special-event documentation. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Linda Y.)
Consider how a professional photographer or videographer can best meet your need for high-quality portraits or special-event documentation. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Linda Y.)
 
 
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Photography and videography services

Professional photographers do much more than point and shoot. Experts at still photography and video services have the background and equipment to produce high-quality images to document your special events or produce that perfect portrait.

Equipment

General-use cameras continue to improve, and so does the equipment used by pros. Better cameras can produce images of higher resolution than standard cameras. Professional lighting techniques can make the difference between a so-so image and one that stands out.

Angles

Professional videographers and photographers are able to use flattering angles and unique perspectives and settings that set their work apart from most amateur efforts.

Editing

Professional photographers and videographers use editing techniques to clear up imperfections and provide filtering and contrast.

Prints

If you want physical images to frame or tuck into albums, be aware that a professional-quality printing service can provide much better prints than those you might get at the local discount store. These kinds of companies have lab correction services and a range of papers such as metallic, pearl, linen and more.

To find the right photography or video pro for your portrait or event needs, consider how Angie's List can help. Members have access to local consumer reviews on these service providers as well as those in 550 other categories.

Hiring a photographer or videographer

Good photographers and videographers have strong reputations. Since what they do is both personal and image-based, their work is easy to check out. Do your research to find a professional who works in the style you want for a price you can afford.

As soon as you know you need to hire someone to document a wedding or other major life event, begin your search for the right pro. Angie's List can be a great resource, in addition to asking friends and family for recommendations. Set up a consultation appointment with those whose work seems to be what you want. Use this initial meeting to find out more about their experience.

When looking at the work, take note of the style and variety of images, and how that matches your personal preferences.  Pay attention to poses, angles, lighting and other techniques.

Make sure ask about what to expect all along the way and the full spectrum of possible services and products. Be clear about how long the photographer will be on the job and when you'll see proofs or final images. Be sure you know what to expect in terms of end product. Will you receive digital or print proofs from which to choose final images or will the photographer provide you a large selection of images with you being responsible for any prints?

When you are sure of what you want, be sure to get all details in writing, including prices.

Tips to preserve images

Photos form a precious link to the past. Treat them with care. You can ask the photographer for advice on storing and displaying prints of special images. Consider also these tips:

  • Frame photos using acid-free mat board and backing. Leave space between the print and glass to prevent sticking; double matting is a good way to ensure sufficient spacing.
  • Store or display photos in cool and dry conditions. Avoid attics, basements, laundry rooms and bathrooms.
  • Photos are sensitive to light, so avoid direct sunlight or indoor lights.

Another way to preserve special memories is to have a professional video editor duplicate and transfer images to a digital format. A video or photography service can also digitally restore old or damaged photos, create montages from slides and prints and add music and other elements to a digital presentation.

When searching for video and photo service providers, consider how Angie's List can help. Members have access to local consumer reviews on more than 550 service provider categories, including video duplication and transfer services, video production, photography and film development.

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