Post # 1
I was just wondering, how did you find your photographer for your wedding? I am actually new to the Phoenix area and trying to figure out how to promote my photography business. I am also planning my own wedding in Columbus, OH for this September, and I know finding a wedding photographer is a really important part of the day!
Let me know if you have any ideas!
Post # 3
Google. He had a pay per click ad.
Post # 4
Word of mouth. I asked friends for recommendations and then checked out the website of each. If they didn’t have a website, I didn’t persue it. Out of the ones that did, I just chose the one whose style I liked best. Also, I knew 3 people who had hired her whose photos turned out amazing, so it was an easy pick.
Post # 5
I definitely think word-of-mouth is best…that’s how I found mine too…I just don’t know a lot of people in Arizona yet. Maybe once the word gets out it will be easier!
I also chose my photographer based on the pictures on his website. His work was amazina and within my price range (which is difficult, I feel like!!).
Post # 6
Also, in case anyone wanted to look at my website, it is here:
(link removed due to self promotion policy)
What do you guys think? I know I don’t have tons of experience, but I am working toward that! Just need some clients! 🙂
Post # 7
The ones that I ended up making appointments with were based on this
Bridal show (I didn’t sign with her there but I ended up meeting with her at a later date and she is the one I have picked because I liked her personality and photos so much)
Have a good website. I hated the websites where you have to wait for the pictures to download. When I picked the photographers I wanted to meet with out of dozens the website really did come into play. I needed to have an emotional response to the photos I had seen of theirs online. Having to wait 10-30 seconds for a photo to load to then go onto the next was more of a headache then anything. I wanted to be able to scroll through photos easily to really get a feel of the style and look of the photos. And have a wide variety of photos from each wedding. It does not help when you only get to see 3 or 4 photos from each wedding and it kind of made me suspicious whenever I saw something like this. This of course is all IMO.
Post # 8
@JessicaAnn12: I first asked my friends for recommendations, and second, I looked at various wedding blogs/websites and when I see a wedding I like, I check who their vendors are.
Post # 9
@FiFiKib I totally agree with you about the slow sites…that is extremely annoying to me. If they don’t load quickly, I’m out! Adding more pictures of each wedding is definitely something to think about.
Thanks for all the help, guys. It’s so hard starting a business 2,000 miles aways from everything/everyone you know. I appreciate the support!
Post # 10
The photographer we’re using is a former student of mine (I don’t teach photography, but I’d seen his photos in teh campus paper and he did a project that used some of his photos). So I guess he didn’t need to promote himself to me. However, the photographer we were thinking of using one of the girls who works at the salon I go to used for her wedding. She happened to have some pictures on her phone, adn they were great. I looked them up online and their website was very clean and easy to navigate, plus they seemed to go more w/ a photojournalistic style. I’ve only been to one wedding show, but there were a TON of photographers there – some that we like and would have considered had samples of their work and were friendly without being pushy (some stands had incredibly pushy or even rude workers).
Post # 12
@JessicaAnn12: Mostly word of mouth. My friend had her for her wedding and I loved her unique photos. But then I found out the photographer was on facebook (and has her own website). I love being able to look at her albums of other couples that she posts throughout the year. Let’s me know the type of work she does. It helps me be to be confident that our wedding pictures will be just as beautiful! And I make sure to tell everyone I know who gets engaged about her and her facebook page so they can check out her work as well. Three of my friends have already hired her.
Good luck with your business 🙂
Post # 13
I found mine by having coffee at Barnes and Nobel with one of my bridesmaids while doing wedding planning. The photographer overheard us talking about the wedding and gave us his card, and after much shopping around, Darling Husband and I liked them best.
Post # 14
@alwayscurious: That’s awesome. I hope that clients spread the word about me too. I know what you mean about looking at the photographer’s blog at other sessions. I loveeee looking at my photog’s blog and seeing how he has photographed other brides. I hope mine turn out the way his previous ones have!
@dolphi99 I think that is great! I need to step up my confidence in talking to people. I just ordered business cards today, so hopefully that will help my business as well!
Post # 15
He’s a good friend + my fiance’s roommate!
Post # 16
My photographer messaged me on Weddingbee! Before that, I creeped searched for other weddings in my town on google, saw who the photographer was, and looked up their websites. Maybe search for weddings in Columbus, see what you like, and look up their reviews on Wedding Wire.