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  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

Selecting the Perfect Professional Photographer

If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are. Before you book a professional photographer, there are a few important things to consider.

What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to choose someone who can help you achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from family and corporate shoots to dog portraits and horse shoots. Ask the photographer for some examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

Research and Review

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style.

Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  • Budget. Do their services fall within your price range?

  • Expertise. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?

  • Location. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?

  • Quality. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure and saturation.

Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out to you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions you may have. This is a great way to gauge if you think this is someone you will feel comfortable with during your portrait session. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad photos.

It’s important to pick a photographer you have confidence in. Your photos are there to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions you can’t relive.


Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, and moving to the Nampa, Idaho area in May 2022, Shannon specializes in pet portrait photography showcasing dogs, horses, and their people. Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come - whether it be on a fine art canvas or in a custom artisan album.


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