(Closed) What do you look for in a photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What made you contact your wedding photographer (before meeting them)?
    Based off their website design/ how well it flowed : (6 votes)
    13 %
    Based off the photos on their website : (18 votes)
    39 %
    Based off their blog : (12 votes)
    26 %
    Based on the referrals online : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Referred by friend : (4 votes)
    9 %
    An online advertisement (not craigslist) : (0 votes)
    Craigslist : (0 votes)
    Other... : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    18645 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    The most important thing to me is the pictures.  But it really helped to have a friend refer us to our photographer and then when I saw the pictures I was sold!

    Post # 4
    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I looked at blogs and websites and looked for pictures I liked.  After that, I contact them to find out their prices.  After that, I met in person. 

    As you can imagine – this narrows it down considerably.

    Once liking the pictures – prompt responses to my inquiry and answering the questions I had were very, very important.

    Post # 5
    186 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I voted other before I read your post. I’m in a similar boat as you. Are there any bigger photographers near you? I know that it’s harder for me because I have 2 great well established photographers within 10-15 miles of me and tons 30 miles away. So trying to break through that has been hard.

    Honestly what has helped are flyers, word of mouth, blog, website, facebook, promotions, and craigslist.

    Don’t lower your prices too much. People will worry that they will get what they pay for and with your prices so low that could actually go against you, I know it did for me too.


    Good luck. I know it’s super super hard to break into this business especially wedding photography!

    Post # 6
    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    You need a solid portfolio. If you haven’t done enough weddings yet, post your other photos too. Post a variety of styles. I have seen websites where there are hundreds of portraits, a couple of candid shots, and nothing else. That is fine if you are really good with portraits and are trying to target a specific group of clienteles who love portraits. But in general most people want to see that you can be versatile. In general, I looked for:

    1. Documentary: I wanted somebody who could tell a story. Sometimes, it was a series of images, sometimes it was a specific moment well-captured, but it was important to me that the images made sense from a story POV. This does not have to be a wedding.

    2. Skills: Both camera skills and editing skills. Oh, and it’s really easy to tell when somebody lacks one skill or the other. Some images are so heavily edited because they weren’t well-shot to begin with. Some have lots of potential but lack significant post-production work. 

    3. Originality: What is it that I can get from hiring you that I can’t from hiring all the other photographers out there? What is your style specifically that set YOU apart from everyone else? And I shouldn’t even have to ask the questions “what is it that you can do that my friend with a digital SLR can’t?” because if I do, then there is no reason why I would hire you.

    4. Personality: It reflects through the way you design your website, the music you choose for your website, the way you write your blog, the way you put together your slideshow. If a website is well-designed, you get a pretty good feel of who the photographer is behind the images. The meeting in person of course helps with that also. Everyone wants to be comfortable around their photographer on their wedding day.

    And yes, the design of the websites and things like that helps too. If I have a hard time navigating your website, or if I can’t agree with your sense of aesthetics there, I may just cut my losses.

    I absolutely LOVE my photographer. She was, besides from the husband of course :-), my favorite part of the entire wedding :-).

    Good luck!!!! I think what you are trying to do is so much fun and I wish you all the best!!


    Post # 7
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    If your prices are too low, that might make me nervous.  I mean, I’m only paying $750 for my photographer so it’s not like I’m a snob about it, but if I saw someone at $400 I would think the prices were so low for a reason :-/ 

    I found my photographer through a local vendor website- it had all sorts of vendors in the area, and I just clicked through all the featured photographer’s websites until I found one that fit my needs.

    Would you mind posting a link to your website (is that even allowed?) If you can, we could tell you what we like/don’t like.  If it’s not allowed, you could PM it to me and I’ll give you my opinion, whatever that’s worth 😉

    Post # 8
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My fiance and I looked for photographers with great pictures, a comparable price to other photographers and then our specific criteria that we each had, I wanted a decently priced package that gave us discs of all pictures and a second shooter, my fiance definitely wanted the second shooter.  My mom wanted a package that included albums.  But, most important was price, pictures & personality.

    I agree with the ladies above about price . . . if someone’s price was so low, I’d wonder why and assume that maye they aren’t as good.  I know that’s terrible to say, but I guess that’s the mind of a consumer.  Our photographer’s prices were comparable to most in our market.

    The best kind of marketing is word of mouth, so hopefully you can get yourself one great customer who will brag to all of her friends about you.  Best of luck!

    Post # 9
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    You need to be easy to find online and have great picutres easily accessible on your website.

    Think of it this way: I’m a bride starting to look for a photographer. First thing I do is type “my location wedding photographer” and see what comes up. If you aren’t on the first page or two, I wouldn’t even know you exist.

    So having a decent website that shows up with a google search is key, IMO. That gets you a foot in the door, the rest is up to your work.

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