There has been cases where a photographer caused accidental damage at a concert, church, home, or sports event which ends up costing the organiser and venue a lot to replace or repair.
What a lot of people don't know is that photographers, just like any business, should have insurance if anything goes wrong.
Though the likelihood of something happening is low, the financial impact to the organiser could be detrimental and affect the event itself and organisation or club in the long term.
Before hiring a photographer you should ask to see the photographers certificate of currency and make sure it's up to date. If it's not, you should ask them to insure themselves or reconsider choosing another photographer that is.
With Photonation, all photographers are insured so you, the organiser, will have peace of mind when booking us for your events, location shoot or special occasion. It's FREE to book Photonation for your events.
Due to the fantastic feedback we received from this blog post, we thought it would be useful to update it with some more information.
Since the original post, we have heard from a few clubs and event organisers who informed us that they had previously hired a photographer who they thought represented a business, only to later find out that the business was not insured, or that the photographer provided the service 'cash in hand', or was a friend of a friend.
1. MORE ON INSURANCE
One of the easiest ways to spot an amateur photographer is to ask them if they have insurance!
Hiring uninsured photographers is a recipe for disaster. If anything happens accidentally, you will not be legally covered for any damages that may occur. More importantly, most venues, clubs, tracks, concert halls, or theatres do not allow uninsured photographers on their premises.
Cheap digital cameras and lenses can be purchased anywhere, and there are a lot of people out there who think they can easily make a living in photography using low quality equipment.
Look at the two cameras displayed. They both are DSLR cameras, both look the same, and both have interchangeable lenses. However, they are very different when it comes to capturing an image and processing it.
The 5D Mk III has more focus points (captures images that are in focus and sharp), has a bigger sensor (cleaner, clearer images which can be printed up to billboard sizes), has dynamic range (brings out the shadows and makes a nicer image than cheaper options), and has higher and cleaner ISO (this basically means it makes a cleaner images in darker environments).
This is the camera that professional photographers, film makers and Photonation use.
You want the best quality images possible for your event and the only way to achieve this is to make sure your photographer is using PRO equipment.
Do not take a friend’s word about their photographer 'friend'; instead, make sure you look at their sample photos, and check their website (if they have one) to see if they have an ABN. Browse their website and get a sense of the 'style' of images produced. Are they good quality and could you use the images for your marketing? Will your participants like the images? Are they good quality?
Also, when hiring a photographer, make sure that it's someone you like. They need to have a good personality, good manners and be on the same wavelength as you. We here at Photonation strive to deliver all of those qualities and try to make your time with us fun, as well as respectful and professional.