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Frequently Asked Questions


What should I look for in a Professional?

In this day and age anyone with a cheap camera and a social media profile can add ‘Photographer’ to their name and call themselves a ‘Professional’. But, how can you, the buying public be sure they are a professional? Viewing pretty photographs on a Facebook or other social media site, only tells you part of the story. To assist you, we have created this list of frequently asked questions to help you know what to expect when choosing a photographer you can be confident in.

**Disclaimer: Rates and fees in this FAQ are based on our survey results and are for informational purposes only.  There may be photographers charging more or less than stated.


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What is the benefit of investing in a professional photographer?

You typically get what you pay for. You will receive premium service, quality photo products, and the photographers's range of experience and skills.  True professionals keep up with their skills and education, invest thousands of dollars into the best professional photographic lighting and camera equipment, as well as fast computers.

What is the benefit of hiring a PPOC Accredited Photographer?

PPOC has created a procedure whereby our photographers must complete a successful Accreditation judging process by submitting 10 images to prove they are proficient in specific genres.  Currently there are over 70 Accreditation categories.  PPOC photographers also abide by a strict Code of Ethics .  They are not permitted to advertise themselves as PPOC members until this process is complete.

What's the difference between a Professional Photo-lab and Consumer Photo lab?

The main differences between a Professional Photo lab and Consumer photo lab are:

Pro labs do not ‘enhance’ your files adding unwanted saturation and contrast to the final print. All the beautiful editing the photographer did just as they intended.
Pro labs use heavier, archival paper. If you hold a print from Professional lab and a Consumer lab next to each other you will feel the difference. Thicker prints tend not to warp over time.
Pro labs have strict quality control so that your images are true to the original files displaying the ultimate colours, density, and contrast.
Pro lab prints are archival and will last for generations.
Pro labs are often only available to professional photographers.

What things should I look for when looking for a portrait photographer?

Do they have a professional website?
Does their work showcase good lighting and composition knowledge and skills?
What is their turnaround time?
Are they a PPOC member Accredited in Portrait photography?
What is their satisfaction guarantee policy if any?
Do they have liability insurance?
Ask for references and check any online reviews.
Do they have a physical studio/ gallery?
Go and visit them in person if possible.
Do they offer a complimentary pre-portrait consultation to discuss how to best achieve the types of portraits you’re seeking?
Do they offer a complimentary clothing consultation?



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