How To Find Your Perfect Product Photographer In Seattle

Alex Maleki - Jul 2022

Seattle is filled with talented people, and with such broad array of talent is no surprise to see all sorts of startups and entrepreneur ventures blooming every day. If you are one of those brave people perhaps this brief article might come handy for you sooner than you think.

We are sure that you have spent endless nights figuring out lots of stuff in order to make your ideas actually happen. You’ve come with a great solution for humanity, and you need to showcase it quickly. Therefore, you’ll need to invest in a product photographer at some point because stock photography has its limits, and your budget is definitely not prepared for massive payouts in exclusivity. Those images will be your assets, and there is certainly some stuff that you need to consider before looking for a product photographer in Seattle.

The Correct Photographer for your Product

As in any other complex discipline, photography is cramped with small niches, and you need to be sure that you are calling a product photographer instead of sports or wedding photographer. It sounds obvious, we know, but trust us, sometimes people tend to forget about it and is never harmful to remind you all about it.

We are sure that you know your product from its inside out, therefore it will make sense that you look for a photographer that has certain experience with a product like yours. For example, if you are opening a salad bar with a fresh concept, look for a photographer with food experience (it will be highly likely that any of them will hire a foodstyler as well). Or if you want to present your staff to the world, a portrait photographer will satisfy your needs the most.

The Use you’ll be giving to Your Images

If you are planning on having an e-commerce that will make things easier for your buyers and for you, you’ll have to look for a photographer that has experience showing products in an honest way.

These sort of images may look kind of dull, but they are pretty useful for people when buying them online. If you want that product to trigger a big desire on your target market, you should look for a product photographer with experience in advertising and more commercial work.

Arranging Some Meetings

Take your time to browse some photographers over the web, and make sure they have their own website. The reason why you want to keep away from “just Facebook or Instagram” photographers is because having a website often reflects a clear mindset from the photographer.

After the homework has been done, you’ll be ready to arrange a couple of meetings with the photographers that have triggered your curiosity. If your browsing efforts are not giving you the results you want you could also try craigslist, which despite its hideous and deepweby looks is still a thing.

Things to Ask Any Product Photographer

  • Ask for a portfolio: First thing’s first, every serious photographer treats its portfolio as the ultimate asset, and there is no better way to have a clear grasp about the photographer’s level of experience and image quality as well.
  • Ask for a Quote: Even when working with a friend, things need to stay highly professional. Always ask for a quote, that way everything will be clear and traceable. It also pushes us photographers to keep things professional too. Even though when not all photographers do them on a regular basis, they are usually excellent photographers for sure, but still, ask for a quote.
  • Ask About Insurance: This might sound really odd, but things should stay professional, always, and nothing speaks more about a photographer’s level of professionalism than insurance. You should always feel safe when getting a simple “yes” from any photographer after asking them about being insured. Any unfortunate thing could happen, and you need to be safe that things will still run smoothly with any photographer.
  • Ask About Previous Clients: It doesn’t matter that you are just starting out, there is nothing bad about asking about previous experiences with projects like the one you are about to start.

As time goes by, and your products start to evolve and mature, you’ll be on the need of different photographers for the same project, and trust us, that is not a crazy thing at all. In fact, that’s the way how things should be, and we encourage you to always look for photographers that are the best suited for your needs.

Federico Alegría


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Located in Seattle metro area, Coconut Product Photography specializes in eCommerce Photography. We capture customer attention so that you can close the deal at a price that is sure to give you a great return on investment. Simply give us your products and we make them look awesome with clear, professional, and creative pictures you will absolutely love. If you live in the Seattle area, you can also choose to drop your product off directly at our office, saving mailing costs.

Coconut Product Photography helps many awesome retailers with their eCommerce photography. We offer best prices in the industry and each image is professionally shot and edited in our studio by our experienced staff. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you want to make an order.

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