Studio photography offers the greatest degree of control over the environment in which the photograph is taken and is therefore often the best option for situations in which the subject has to be shown really clearly. Here are three tips on how to ensure you get great studio photography in Aldershot.
Look for a studio which specializes in the type of photography you need
We have mentioned this tip before in other articles but it really is the foundation for a successful photo shoot. Some studios will concentrate on human portraits, others on pets, a few will concentrate on objects (e.g. product photographers). While these different areas share a common skill set, they all have their differences and hence benefit from specialist knowledge. Even within these core areas, there can be definable niches, for example taking portraits of newborns is very different to taking shots to be used by actors and models. Likewise taking shots of manufactured products is different from taking products of food. Hence you not only need to check whether or not a studio has expertise in a general subject area, but also whether or not it has the skills and equipment for any specific niche within that area.
Check that the studio can deliver the style of photography you want
There are basically two types of photographers. One sort has their own distinctive style and is sought out by clients who like that style. The other sort adapts themselves to deliver what the client wants. Neither approach is right or wrong, but generally one is better than the other for any given situation. If a client doesn’t really know what they want, but likes a photographer’s pictures then it is probably better all round that the photographer takes creative charge (with possibly some input from the client), this is often the case in branches such as wedding photography. If, however, the client wants or needs a specific result, then it’s crucial that they find a photography studio which is happy to work to their specifications rather than imposing their own “in house” style.
Make sure that the level of service is appropriate
Beware of being dazzled by slick websites, frankly all that shows is that the site has been put together by a good web designer. Instead look for signs that the company behind the website has thought about the customers. Do they state clearly and in plain English what services they can provide? Do they give at least a ballpark idea of what each of their services is likely to cost? Do they display their contact details clearly on their website? These are all basic points which any service-orientated photographer should think to cover. If you’re happy with what you see on their website, then get in touch and see how you feel once you’ve made contact with an actual human. Good customer service is a bit like balance, it may be hard to define but you know it when it’s there (and when it’s not). In particular, see how willing your contact is to answer your questions. One of the marks of a good studio is that they will be happy to give you all the information you need to make your buying decision.