Hiring the Right Photographer: Specialists or Jack-of-All-Trades?

Just because someone is a photographer, doesn’t mean they know how to take great photos for any occasion or assignment!

There are many types of photography actually! A few examples are; landscape, wedding, portrait, drone and corporate event photography. A lot of photographers specialize in a certain type of photography. However, there are also a lot of photographers that are considered, “jack-of-all-trades” and don’t really specialize in anything. How do you know which photographer you should hire for your next assignment? And why can’t you hire just any photographer?

Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages on why you should really consider hiring someone that specializes in what you’re needing versus someone who is a “jack of all trades” when it comes to photography.

First, let’s define Specialization,

”The process of concentrating on and becoming an expert in a particular subject or skill.”

And Jack-of-All-Trades is defined as

A person who can do many different types of work but who is not necessarily very competent at any of them.”

How can I tell if a photographer specializes in what I need?

This is a great question! First, you can ask them, but more importantly you will want to visit their website. If their website lists multiple types of photography services, more than likely they are a “jack-of-all-trades” kind of photographer. However, if they list only one or maybe two types of photography on their website, then they would be considered a specialist in their genre of photography. You will also notice that someone who specializes will have exceptionally great images in that field of photography.

When should I consider a specialist vs
jack-of-all-trades?

Another great question! The simple answer is, hire a specialist when the assignment is of great importance to you. Consider a jack-of-all-trades photographer when the assignment doesn’t matter as much, but you would still like decent photos.

For example, you would want to hire a wedding photographer for a wedding, or a corporate event photographer for a corporate event. But you could get away with hiring a landscape photographer to snap a few photos from a birthday party. Just depends on the importance of the assignment and how you want to use the images.

Does it really make a difference to hire a specialist vs a jack-of-all-trades kind of photographer?

Absolutely! A photographer who specializes in their discipline understands the challenges of the job. They understand what all goes into making that assignment become successful. Not only that, but they are better equipped to handle unforeseen challenges to ensure your photo assignment runs smoothly. Their experience and vast knowledge in their specialty is invaluable. Hiring a specialist, will ensure “peace of mind” knowing that your professional is going to do a great job for you.

Let’s discuss, any final thoughts?

I hope this article has informed you on the difference between a photographer who specializes and someone who shoots a lot of everything. I also hope it has armed you with the proper knowledge to make a more informed decision when hiring a photographer for your next assignment or occassion.

Understanding and knowing these few simple tips, could prevent you from a disastrous experience with hiring the wrong photographer. If you have any additional questions or would like to start a conversation, lets discuss below!

Thank you all for reading and have a blessed day!