I have hired two different photographers at two very different price points for my website personal branding images. I really like the first set of images the first photographer did for me. They were done in my home and were super casual.
However, I absolutely love and still use the images from the second photographer. They were done in her studio with props that I brought. We collaborated on the styling and the look is fresh, fun and professional.
Both photographers did a great job. My needs and expectations changed.
Here is what you should ask yourself before you begin your photographer search for your personal brand.
Determine your budget and reach out to people – ask who did their personal branding photos and research these photographers.
Hire a branding expert or make your own your personal branding mood board and determine the overall feeling you want to convey in your images.
Make a list of all the images you need for your personal brand. Consider the look you want, all the props required and if the image will be vertical or horizontal.
Be very clear with the photographer you hire. Read the contract terms and conditions. It’s your personal brand, so ask questions if you need clarity.
Your plan should be created with deadlines – identifying dates for when you will need the images. Be sure your photographer is aware of these critical dates in advance, so you are working toward your goals as a team.
A good photographer will help you along the way. I’d highly recommend you hire a marketing and brand expert to help you get a clear vision – by creating a brand identity and briefing document before you invest in a photographer. Get a great team to support you and your personal brand.
My personal brand photographer was AnnaWithLove Photography. I highly recommend her. You are in luck if you live in the Greater Toronto Area, as she is accepting new clients this coming fall (2019). Check out her site at http://annawithlovephotography.com/
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