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Small independent photographer vs. larger studio

I am on a tight budget so I am considering using this small independent photographer from Thumbtack app. He has a great portfolio and appears to be very professional, as well as artistic.

What are the pros and cons of using a small independent photographer? Any business advice if I decide to use him? (Use a contract, etc)...

Re: Small independent photographer vs. larger studio

  • ILoveBeachMusicILoveBeachMusic Indiana member
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    With anyone you use you need to have a contract that outlines exactly what you are receiving for what price - how many hours, how many photographers, pre-ceremony, post-ceremony, reception, first look (if you do one). It should also give you a date by which you should expect proofs and pictures after you have ordered them. It should also state if the photographer does touch ups during the editing process or just leaves the photos as is. 

    Has he been in business very long? Read reviews that are available. Big studios will often not guarantee having a certain photographer (because they have several and it depends on scheduling). However if the photographer is sick or has a family emergency another photographer can fill in for them. Obviously, a small one person studio runs the risk of having a sick photographer (this happened to my daughter). A small studio can give you a more personal touch.
  • I am on a tight budget so I am considering using this small independent photographer from Thumbtack app. He has a great portfolio and appears to be very professional, as well as artistic.

    What are the pros and cons of using a small independent photographer? Any business advice if I decide to use him? (Use a contract, etc)...
    I think most photographers are going to be independent, small businesses. Definitely use a contract, he should have one. Make sure it specifies a timeline for getting pictures back after the event, how many pictures you'll expect, edits, all the usual stuff.
  • ILoveBeachMusicILoveBeachMusic Indiana member
    Sixth Anniversary 2500 Comments 500 Love Its 5 Answers
    I am on a tight budget so I am considering using this small independent photographer from Thumbtack app. He has a great portfolio and appears to be very professional, as well as artistic.

    What are the pros and cons of using a small independent photographer? Any business advice if I decide to use him? (Use a contract, etc)...
    I think most photographers are going to be independent, small businesses. Definitely use a contract, he should have one. Make sure it specifies a timeline for getting pictures back after the event, how many pictures you'll expect, edits, all the usual stuff.
    True they may be small independent businesses but they could have a number of photographers. My daughter looked at two such businesses in Chicago and a one person business. I assumed that was what the OP was asking about. The two different types were very different.

  • Yes I was referring to a one person business. Thanks for all your advice
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