When I decided to have professional photos taken for my website (www.jillhedgecock.com), I asked around for recommendations from my writer friends, but their leads were not exactly what I wanted. So I turned to the information highway. I had hoped that a simple internet search would uncover a local photographer that specialized in author headshots, but that also had experience photographing dogs. Yeah, well, that detailed of a specialty was a pipe dream.
I had better luck when I queried the broader terms of head shots, pet photographer and San Francisco Bay Area. From this search, I narrowed my choices down to two very different options. One was a traditional business and the other was a family boutique operation that either shot on location or in their home. I soon discovered that the boutique family operation was shifting the focus of their photography business (RicKaraPhotography) to include web hosting and design (www.RkeHost.com). I probably would have opted for the more personal experience of working with a less commercial business anyway, but this information, as well as Ric’s promise that if you weren’t 100% satisfied you didn’t pay, cinched the deal.
From the moment I walked in the door, I knew that Ric was more interested in producing a quality product than maximizing profit. Ric discussed the type of look I wanted. He took a few practice shots and we discussed the particulars that I liked and didn’t like in the shots. As the three-hour session progressed, I was allowed as many outfit changes as I wanted. At the end of the photo shoot, I had a variety of poses with and without my dog.
We wrapped up by reviewing the available background choices, but when I got the photos and compared it to my website pages, I didn’t like how my choice blended with the website. Ric was very accommodating and indulged my request to plunk a variety of backgrounds behind a sample photo to aid a change of backgrounds. He also accommodated by touch up requests.
Here are a few words of caution about choosing a photography service. Make sure you will own the copyright to the photographs. Have a clear understanding of what is included in the price. You will need to decide if you want outdoor or indoor photos. If you choose shooting indoors in a studio, you may have the choice of preselect backgrounds or shooting on a green screen. I chose shooting against the green screen so I would have maximum flexibility in background choices. While all of these options may be important considerations in selecting a photographer, I think the most important criterion is to pick someone you are comfortable working with. RicKaraPhotography (www.RkeHost.com) was the perfect fit for my needs. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final results.