It is important that cosplayers are empowered to be able to pick a photographer that will be professional while we are working with them and able to deliver excellent results. To this end, I have a few ideas to help cosplayers pick good photographers.
I have nothing against new photographers. Eight years ago I was new to photography and cosplay. But it is fair game to ask if a photographer has experience shooting with cosplayers. Understanding, the cosplay community, the different types of characters and how to successfully pull off photo shoot at conventions are important skills for any cosplay photographer to have.
2. Work Product
Professional Photographers always want to ensure that their clients receive the best results that they can produce. Most of the photographers that I have met over the last eight years they are always striving to deliver excellent results regardless of the skill level. Work product in many ways the subject, but as long as a person believes that the work they have received their photographer is of high quality than all the matters.
3. Positive interaction
It is crucial that photographers have positive interactions with working with cosplayers. Ensuring that your photographer makes you feel comfortable and free to take all the images is the mark of a great photographer. This means that the photographer is welcoming of you and your friends doing a photo session. Making sure that they are talking to you and letting you know what it is they are doing during a photo shoot. This is not approaching or touching their subject in an inappropriate fashion. And that they are respectful and appropriate when they are talking to you.
4. Customer Service
Especially for photographers who charge for photo shoots at conventions, customer service is a key factor. Showing up to a photo session on time, excellent communication with cosplayers and timely delivery of images are important elements to providing good customer service.
I always tried to keep in mind, that we are all human and sometimes make mistakes. I know I have. It is important that those individuals make mistakes and learn from and improve from those mistakes. As a community I I believe that if a person is trying to improve that we should not hold their mistakes against them. But if there is a pattern of behavior, where individuals are engaging in both illegal and immoral behavior in serious question raised about that individual.
This is by no way an exhaustive list of what is a great photographer. This is just my opinion and I hope that helps you to find a good photographer that will get you results that you are looking for.
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