(Closed) Help! How are you finding photographers.

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How are you/did you find your photographer
    I looked online : (29 votes)
    58 %
    I got a referral from someone I know : (7 votes)
    14 %
    I knew someone already : (8 votes)
    16 %
    other (please tell me) : (6 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1600 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I went on Google, searched “photographer” and my city, and Google maps comes up with all the local photographers. You can do the cities around you too for some more choices.

    It takes some time, but you get to see a lot of styles throughout the process so you know what you’re looking for.

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    18644 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Have you looked at the photo quality of this photographer versus the other less expensive ones?  There might be a difference in quality that makes up for the price difference.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I found ours online. I looked though many different ones and then once I narrowed it down to a reasonable number, I began looking online for their reviews. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    1757 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Our photographer was featured on Offbeat Bride and was willing to travel.

    Post # 9
    Member
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    I browsed the vendor reviews section at projectwedding.com and skimmed through their blogs to get an idea of their style.

    Post # 10
    Member
    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I know how you feel.  I actually made myself sick over looking for a photographer, I couldn’t even sleep. My sister wasn’t thrilled with her wedding pictures and my brother got “screwed” with his photographer so I was really worried about choosing the right one.   After I finally calmed down a bit,  I finally went with a photographer that was actually an acquaintance because I felt like I could trust her.

    So here are my tips, ask some married friends for referrals or google photographers in your area.  Check out their website, but remember, the websites will only show their best work (Not the thousands of other crappy photos they took)

    Pick the ones you are interested in and see if they are available on your date and how much the packages go for.  Most photographers don’t want to tell your what the packages cost but still try.  If they already booked and are overpriced its not worth making a trip do see their work. 

    Check out their albums and see if you are interested in the style of work. And most of all, make sure you are comfortable with them.

    Post # 11
    Member
    69 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I actually found my photographer on Facebook and after contacting her realized we knew one another.  I had a bunch of people message me with referrals but I’m a photographer myself and I didn’t really like what they were offering or their work.  Instead the person we’re having is new to the field but has already done a few weddings and they all turned out nice.  She agreed to charge us less because all we want is the raw images as both my fiancé and myself do editing.  I wouldn’t count out a new comer unless you don’t like their style or there portfolio is just plain bad.  I’ve seen pictures taken by friends in the field just starting out that are better then those who have spent 20+ years in the business and charge triple. 

    Best of luck!

    Post # 12
    Member
    875 posts
    Busy bee

    I think that referrals are important as well as understanding the photographer’s style or artistry.  (I love photos that look classically beautiful, the edgy look is definitely not me.)  But some brides love that edgy style, so being aware of what you want to see in the finished photos is important.  A dear friend of mine was at a photo session of a new photo studio group…  I think the studio is attempting to build a Trash the Dress portfolio, because they partnered with a local bridal shop to do a TtD session with a group of unrelated women…  not a group of girlfriends or brides with their spouses, the male models… I think were actually the photographers taking each other’s photos along with the women in the group.  She shared her proofs and it was interesting to look through them online, especially since I was surprised to discover that instead of me thinking wow how cool is that…  I found myself thinking why are these photos on the webpage… They were out of focus, badly shot, and just didn’t give the impression of a professional photo.  These photos reflected that the photographer wasn’t looking at the composition of the photo before snapping it, and it wasn’t just a matter of recropping the image to make it more visually pleasing.  So I think that if you can look at an unedited or predicted photo proof set, that you will have a better idea of what you are going to expect to see after the wedding.

    Post # 14
    Member
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We found ours on Craigslist.  We then checked out his website, and had a meeting with him, before hiring him.

    Post # 16
    Member
    317 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I got a referral. I wouldn’t have found mine on my own since I limited my internet search to just my city not nearby cities…yea I didn’t know most photographer have a pretty liberal radius to shoot.

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