Search photographer online
Check out social networks. Instagram, Facebook, etc.. Look where you are more used to. Usually, photographers have accounts on all popular social networks.
You can also find a photographer on specialized websites. Often different specialists place their portfolios on different sites: Wedding Photography on some sites, and Product Photography on others.
Beware of free shoots
Of course, some people will shoot you for free. This can happen in two cases: either the photographer is a total beginner, or your type fits his or her idea.
Beginner photographers can’t guarantee you a quality result. You may get some good pictures, or you may not. If you are matched with an experienced photographer for his idea, rejoice early. You should first find out exactly what he is going to shoot.
In addition, in the case of a free photo shoot, be prepared for the photographer to give as many pictures as he sees fit. And he will do it when he wants.
Do you like it?
You have to enjoy what you see. And it should have photos that are similar to what you would like to have. Say you want colorful portraits with intense colors, but the photographer’s portfolio is all black and white. If that’s the case, look for someone else to do the photography for you.
When you are looking at the images in your portfolio, don’t judge the models’ beauty and their outfits, but rather the photographer’s work. What are the things you should look for?
If the people in the picture look genuine, it’s worth a lot. If all the models look tense and stressed out, you will most likely meet the same fate.
How is the ambience of the location captured? Do you have a story in your head about what’s in the picture? Do you believe what’s going on in it? If so, it’s a good sign.
If models stand or sit the same way in all the photos, then the photographer doesn’t know how to manage the models’ poses. Chances are he won’t pick the poses that will accentuate the strengths of your figure and hide your flaws.
Specialization is a mark of quality. Does your photographer only shoot portraits in the studio? Great! If he shoots weddings, portraits, children, food for menus, and New Year’s Eve parties too, that’s a bad sign. Would you go to a dentist who works as a surgeon twice a week, sometimes substitutes for a therapist, and does ultrasounds on the weekends for part-time work?
All photographers edit their images. You don’t have to know the intricacies; you just have to like the processing. Because your photos will be handled the same way.
It’s good if your portfolio has pictures of someone with your type of appearance. If you can’t find one, ask the photographer to show you. If you only see photos of 18-year-old models weighing 45 kg in your portfolio, then maybe he just does not know how to shoot girls over 30 with a non-ideal figure. Do you want to become an object of experimentation for your money?
Set up a meeting with the photographer a few days before the shoot. He will see you live and this will help him decide how you will pose. If you’re shy on a shoot, meeting on the neutral ground will help you too. It will make you feel freer in front of the camera.