5 questions to ask when hiring a photographer

5 questions to ask when hiring a photographer

Great portraits have one thing in common: skillful use of light. “I cannot stress enough how much the quality of light affects a portrait,” says Theresa Bertocci, owner of 2012 Super Service Award-winning Theresa Bertocci Photography in Chicago.

Ask about the photographer’s skill with light and the lighting equipment he or she uses. Bertocci prefers double-filtered softboxes. “They give skin the most pleasing tone it can have.” Also, find a photographer who puts you at ease. “That’s key,” she says. If you are uncomfortable, it will show in the photos.

• What copyright restrictions apply to your photos?

• Have you had formal photography and/or art training?

• Exactly how many poses, 
proofs and images are included 
in the price?

• What should I wear and can 
I bring multiple outfits?

• How long will the session take?

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