How To Choose The Best Event Photographer

Don Orkoskey | May 6, 2023

How to choose the best event photographer.

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the best event photographer. It can be hard to know where to turn in order to do so. After more than 20 years in the business I've put together the following list that will help you to choose the best event photographer for your event.

How To Choose The Best Event Photographer

Choosing the best event photographer is an important decision as they are responsible for capturing the special moments of your event. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting an event photographer:

Event Photography Experience

Always try to hire a photographer who has experience in event photography. Check their portfolio to make sure they have photographed similar events. Ask yourself if you think they have a good understanding of the type of event you are organizing.

Experienced event photographers have been through many events and know what works and what doesn't. They know how to handle different lighting conditions, unexpected situations, and challenging environments. The best event photographers anticipate potential problems and have backup plans in place to ensure the event photography goes smoothly.

Event photography requires technical expertise. Photographers like myself are masters of our cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, and editing software. We have the skills to handle various types of equipment and have knowledge of the best techniques to use in different situations.

Preferred Style

Different photographers have different styles, so it's important to choose one whose style matches your preferences. Take a look at their portfolio to get a sense of their style and see if it's a good fit for your event.

Experienced photographers have a sense of style about their work and keen eye for capturing the best moments and angles. They know how to anticipate the shots that will best capture the atmosphere and emotion of the event.

A photographer's style will also affect the emotional impact of the photographs. Different styles evoke different emotions, such as joy, nostalgia, or drama. It is important to choose a photographer whose style aligns with the emotional feel that you want to achieve with your photographs.


A good photographer will communicate with you effectively. They will understand your needs and preferences. They will be responsive to your needs and ready to provide a clear answer to your questions.

Effective communication is critical. It allows event photographers to understand your expectations, preferences, and requirements for the event. This ensures that they will provide the service that you want and produce photographs that meet your expectation.

Coordination with event organizers

Good communication between the photographer and event organizers ensures that your photographer is aware of the schedule, timeline, and any specific requirements for the event. This can help to avoid any missed photos, confusion, or other issues during the event.

Problem Solving Abilities

It's so important that your event photographer is able to solve problems.

Event photography is a field that requires quick thinking, adaptability, and creativity. Even though events are usually highly scheduled, there are always a lot of unpredictable things that happen at events. The best event photographers know this.  

Problem-solving requires creative thinking. Your event photographer needs to think fast and come up with workable solutions that produce the right photographs. They often need to do so quickly.

It's often not enough to solve problems when they arise. The best event photographers are able to anticipate problems and have alternative plans in place. Find a photographer who is proactive, not just reactive.

Reviews and recommendations

Reviews and recommendations are important because they provide you with valuable information about the photographer's work ethic and the level of service they provide.

Look for reviews and recommendations from previous clients on independent websites such as Google and Yelp. These help you to get an idea of the photographer's quality of work and reliability. You can also ask for recommendations from friends, family, or event planners.

Reviews and recommendations help you to make an informed decision about whether to hire a particular photographer. When you compare different photographers and weigh the pros and cons of each, the feedback provided by previous clients is invaluable.


It's important to choose a photographer who has a pleasant personality and is easy to work with. They should be able to put you and your attendees at ease and blend in with the event without being intrusive.

The best event photographers are always on the move, camera up, and taking the shot. They're where they need to be and got there without anyone noticing them.

An event photographer's personality will impact the overall experience of the event, and the quality of the photographs they produced. A photographer's personality will influence how comfortable everyone feels during the event. A friendly and approachable photographer puts people at ease. This result in more relaxed and natural-looking photographs.

Choose The Best Event Photographer

Choose the best event photographer by considering the above factors. Select a photographer who is skilled, reliable, and able to capture the essence of your event in stunning photographs.

If you're searching for an event photographer near Pittsburgh be sure to contact me. I'd love to hear about your event and to speak with you about my team.

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