Vacation in Santorini is incredible and certainly, you will always want to capture such bright moments of life. To keep them in the best shape, you should rent a professional photographer. We have many excellent photographers on the SantoriniDress team which we have identified according to specific criteria.
To make it easier for you to navigate the choice of a photographer, we offer a brief guide, which contains the most basic points that are worth paying attention to.
1. Photography portfolio
A portfolio is a visiting card of any photographer, here you will see the best works of the master. If in the process of studying photographs you’ll have a feeling of lack of harmony in the pictures, you do not observe the unity of style, then it is better to look for another specialist. For example, you prefer bright, cheerful photos, and in the portfolio, you see mostly melancholic black and white shots. In this case, your cooperation is unlikely to bring the desired results.
More specifically, when studying a portfolio, you need to pay attention to the following details:
What do people look like in the photo. This is about naturalness. If in each portrait photography you see feigned emotions, strained smiles, and tension fill the entire space of the picture, then most likely your result of the photo session will be no better. An experienced photographer will find an approach even to constrained clients.
Photo quality. All photographers expose their photos to processing. Someone does only light and color correction, someone retouches. But there are also such "masters" who are engaged in active photomontage, and not very skillfully (they try to correct the flaws of the outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, remove or add a background, correct the figure or oval of the face).
A variety of poses. Everyone is an individual. If in the portfolio all models pose in the same manner, most likely the concept of an individual approach is not familiar to the photographer. In this case, get ready to repeat the poses that already have seen in the portfolio and haven’t counted on the choice of angles that will emphasize the advantages of your figure and hide its flaws.
The shooting place. Do you want a photo session in nature, against the backdrop of the setting sun, and the photographer has only studio photos in his portfolio? Well, then, probably, your relationship is unlikely to work out.
2. Work experience
This criterion is not the main one when choosing a photographer, but it cannot be completely ignored either. Experience allows you to quickly find an approach to different models, to look for a special angle, to notice the "zest" of the landscape. An experienced photographer already knows at the stage of photographing exactly what result will get. The professional has all the necessary equipment. At the same time, a beginner can offer some fresh ideas, a non-standard look at everyday things.
3. Style of work
It is important here to pay close attention to the type of shooting for which you plan to invite a photographer. Let's say you need a family photo session, and you hire a master who specializes exclusively in photographing children's parties. Perhaps he will cope well with the task. But it is better to invite a photographer with the required narrow specialization.
The second most important nuance is the photographer's style. Pay attention to what angles he chooses, how he shoots, how he processes the shots. Evaluate these aspects before agreeing on a photo session.
Search the photographer's website or social media (blog) for a series of photos. To understand the style of shooting and the photos that you will receive as a result of photoshooting, it is important to view not one or two, but a whole series of photos from one shooting, to understand whether the work of this specialist is close to you.
4. Cost of services
Photography pricing is a sensitive issue. It is worth highlighting two axioms right away: high-quality images cannot be cheap and the high cost of services cannot be a 100% guarantee of their quality. It is important to understand that, using the services of a certain specialist, you are not paying for the fact that he spent a couple of hours in your company while pressing the camera button. You pay for a high-quality author's product, which is based on the vision of your chosen photographer.
5. Social media
Social media is a great way to meet a photographer in absentia. Usually, social networks write not only about work and photographs are exhibited, but also some thoughts, values, and exciting moments are necessarily highlighted. This is an important factor in choosing a photographer – if a specialist as a person appeals to you, then the chances of successful shooting increase. Trust your intuition that never deceives.
If you look at the work of a photographer, you’ll have positive emotions – this is the very professional that you need. Through the camera lens, he can see your personality and capture it in photographs. The main thing is not to rush when choosing a specialist and listen to your heart!
The great mix of sea views, volcanic landscapes, breathtaking sunsets, and poetic traditional architecture makes Santorini a perfect background for professional photoshoots. Our special style of photography will highlight all your advantages and capture a wonderful holiday on the island.