So when it comes to hiring professionals, I'm first in line.
Brian Adams and I have a little joke about him being my "official photographer." It's very generous of him to even make the suggestion because he's the official one and I'm the neophyte fumbling my way through The Art World. Last week he waited very patiently while I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to straighten a textile piece on the wall. He'd shoot it, preview the shot and say, "What do you think? It still looks crooked." Then I'd dink around with it some more, then he'd shoot it, and it was still crooked. Eventually we both agreed to accept that it's fabric, not a board. That was freeing. I appreciated his patience. Here's how else you know you have the right photographer:
1.) He gives you a hug when he shows up at your door and is genuinely happy to see you.
Invest in good materials, tools, photography and books. Invest in relationships and friends. Hire the professionals.
Some of these things will remarkably overlap.