When you put yourself through all of the trouble that it takes to pull off a successful birthday party for your son or daughter, there is no doubt that you will want to take the extra step of hiring a professional children's photographer who knows how to capture a children's event in a way that no one else will be able to. And the benefits far outweigh not doing so. Just in terms of equipment, the resolution of a high end DSLR camera trumps anything that you have lying around the house. And you really cannot beat the experience that the professional photographer brings to the table. They will know what to shoot and when and from what angle. In other words, they are a specialist who will be able to give you exactly what you want. Properly capturing those priceless memories is more important that anything we can possibly think of. If you want this incredibly important job done right, hire a professional. Here is a guide that we have put together that should help you make the right hire. It will help you seek out some quality candidates in the Tampa area and then it will help you zone in on that one perfect vendor who will preserve your special memories in just the way you want them preserved.
So, where and how do you find professional children's photographers? Well, there are a few different places that you can seek what you are after. Your best potential source of information is the world wide web. We recommend that you do a Google search for “children's photographers in the Tampa area.” More than likely, you are going to get back numerous links that you can check out in order to see who is quality and who is not. Take your time and go through as many of the candidates on the resulting pages as you feel you can. Peruse the websites and make a determination as to which candidates you would like to interview. Start keeping a list of potential photographers. We also like the idea of tapping into the knowledge of the people you know the best. Start talking to your family, friends and coworkers to see if any of them have actually hired a professional children's photographer before. Did they have a good experience with the person that they hired? Could they recommend them? If they say yes, then get their name and add them to your list. When you are done putting your list together, call up each name and see if they would be available for your birthday party needs. If they are, setup a time to talk about their skills and your needs.
So, now you are down to the nitty gritty. You are ready to interview the potential photographers on your list and ask some some very important questions. It all starts with experience. Find out how long they have been in business. The more seasoning that a candidate has had, the better chance there is that they will know where to be at the perfect picture moments. Also, keep in mind that you want someone who is not a hobbyist but who is a true professional who does this as their full-time job. Find out if they specialize in any certain age or are they a general children's photographer? Ask for a few references that you can call and talk to about past performances. What kind of equipment do they use? Make sure that they show you a portfolio of birthday parties in particular that they have captured. Here is a very important question. What is the backup plan in case they can't make it to your event? Do you actually like the person that you are talking to. Pay attention to their personality and whether or not it is pleasant because they are going to be interacting with your son or daughter and all of the guests. If the candidate gives off any weird vibes, cross them off of your list and move onto the next candidate. This interview process should end up yielding a great outcome: a professional photographer for your special event.