Hiring a Bar/Bat Mitzvah photographer is different from hiring a wedding photographer. These images aren’t just a portrayal of something that you have dreamed about your whole life, but more so a representation of your family as it is today. Still, you want that representation to bring out the personality of each family member, to preserve this special moment in your family’s life. You want to feel proud when you look at these images in 30 years! Here are 10 tips to help you focus your thoughts and create your game plan when you’re ready to hire a Mitzvah shooter.
1) Be sure the photographer loves children! This is one of the most important distinctions for your Mitzvah photographer. Don’t hire a wedding photographer who is available for your date, because there are many unique elements to shooting a Mitzvah that a wedding photographer may not be aware of. There are a lot of kids at these events and you don’t want someone who captures the happenings from afar, but rather embraces the whole tradition. We have specific photographers that specialize in Mitzvahs because they do amazing family pictures and amazing candid photos — that’s what you want.
2) Know what factors affect a photographers rate. There are a lot of options out there and lots of different price points: what’s the difference? It’s about supply and demand. If a photographer is very popular and gets booked a lot on social events, they probably are at a higher price point because there are only 52 Saturdays a year. Only you can decide how important the photographer’s popularity is to you, but remember: The more experience a photographer has, the higher the rate is likely to be. (more…)