Where did YOU find your wedding photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I found my photographer in a bar…randomly.  It was not on purpose!

If I hadn’t, I was going to look on my local Craigslist board and just look at the style of pictures on the websites they listed and go from there.  You can find reviews on Weddingwire, too, I think.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I googled, and then I did extensive research and went with what other brides had reviewed. I SCORED, cuz I LOVED him.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I found mine through my day-off coordinator.  She worked with him when she did weddings at the Bronx Zoo and said he was great to work with- so far, so good! After browsing his website I realized that he did a former colleague’s wedding (whos pictures I always loved) so I think I’m in good hands.

Post # 7
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857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Google.. They’re local to my FI, we saw her pictures thought they were nice & she has great pricing! I emailed a few photogs before we found ours and some took way too long to reply, and some were WAY out of our price range… 

I’m so happy we found ours!

ETA: I’m talking about our enagagement photographer here.. We’re having a DW and we have to use the venue’s in house photographer. If we were getting married here, we would be using her!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I found mine through my venue.  He was the recommended photographer. Since I had a semi-destination wedding at a venue that was about an hour and a half away from where I lived, I decided to choose him.

Post # 9
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I just posted a thread the other day and am going to be booking a woman from out of town who is willing to waive her travel fees, which saves me more than anything local!

After scouring facebook, google and blogs for over a year, she just fell into my lap!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My future sister in law went to school with the guy (like, middle school). She had vaguely kept in touch but didn’t know he was doing photography until after her own wedding so she recommended me to him.

Post # 11
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3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

At a bridal show, but they also did my MOH’s wedding. When I saw them I immediately remembered them, and how fun they were. Booked an appointment that day and wound up hiring them.

ETA: I was def. looking for a specific feel to their portfolios. I think a lot of photogs nowadays are focused on getting artsy shots that get blogged and pinned online. I noticed a ton of them seemed to forget a wedding is about the people, not the scenery. I loved our photogs portfolio because there were beautiful photos of the people and the day. Yes there were some artsy shots, but that was not the focus.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our venue had a list of “suggested vendors,” none of which I intended to go with. I asked a friend for her photographer’s name because her photos were beautiful, but didn’t really hit it off with them, so we went back onto the suggested vendors page, clicked through the photographers, and found one we loved. Once we thought about it, having a photographer who is familiar with our venue was really important to us because our venue has some unique quirks that you wouldn’t know about if you hadn’t been there before, and that’s part of why we like it so much.

ETA: I definitely looked at WeddingWire reviews too. The first photographer (who we had no chemistry with) had two reviews. The one we ended up picking had like 90.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

When I went to visit our now reception venue, they had us flip through these booklets of weddings they had catered and I asked them who exactly was the photog – they told me, I called them, and booked them. They were also their top recommended photog. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

When I was in the process of selecting my venue, I Googled “[Bower’s Venue] wedding blog” and came up with a lot of local photographers who had shot there. Then I started Googling “[Bower’s City] wedding photographer” and came up with more. From there I narrowed down my selections and picked my photographer. He hadn’t done a wedding at my venue yet (though he has now), so I assume I found him from the city photographer Google searches. He also had some Wedding Wire reviews, so that helped me make my choice as well.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I Googled photographers in Iowa, and ended up coming across a website (can’t remember what it was called now) that had a list of photographers in Iowa, their contact information, websites, etc. I browsed through several within an hour distance, searching for ones that were A. available on our day, and B. weren’t outrageously expensive. It was just by pure luck that I clicked on one more link and found our wonderful photographer.

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