First thing is planning where the photos will be taken. It may not seem to matter at first but you will soon find out that a good location will also contribute to the best outcome of your photos. People assume, just as you may have, that the place for photos or portraits is in the studio. This is not the only option and it would be nice to explore other locations. When you choose a photographer, get one who is more than willing to take your photos anywhere. Photographers who give the best results are the ones who have no issues about location and are very willing to be more creative outside of the studio.
Another factor is re-touching. Will the completely natural photos appeal more to you or would you want to have them re-touched by photoshop? You must make sure that the photographer is willing and able to work on your photograph whatever your choice for the type of photograph. Aside from re-touching, you can also have your photos edited just slightly or specifically.
There is also the factor of time-limit. You should also find out if a strict time limit is being followed by the photographer for the photography session. Most professional photographers do not implement time limits. To attain the best results, good photographers do nut rush things. If there is no time pressure, both parties will feel more at ease and have a satisfying experience.
You should also meet the
photographer first before planning the photo shoot. In portrait photography, there should be a good business relationship between both parties. An environment of trust with the photographer makes you feel better and then you can show the proper emotion to be captured in your photograph. That is why you should meet first the photographer to get to know him better. This can show you how the photographer works, his quality of work and the equipment he has. Also, this will give a chance for the photographer to know you better. After meeting you the photographer can gauge what you want to be done.
Is there a guarantee? Usually, the photographers have confidence in their work if they offer a money-back guarantee upfront. It is best to find out about guarantees before a photo session if you want quality results.
Taking all the previously mentioned factors will lead you to a successful choice. Take note that if the photographer is committed to do extra work or give extra time, expect good quality photos.