(Closed) How did you choose a wedding photographer!?

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Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - UC Botanic Garden, Berkeley, CA

I googled for wedding photos taken at our venue to find photographers who had shot there before. We’re getting married in a redwood grove, and I was really surprised by some photographers who took all close-up photos of the couple/wedding party, without many that featured the gorgeous setting. After looking through the albums, I found a few people who took photos I like of our venue and had a more casual style (candids vs. lots of posed photos), emailed them to see their availability, and met with two in person. We really liked the personality of one of the photographers, and since they’re going to follow you around all day, you should feel comfortable with them.

For what it’s worth, I think there’s a certain amount of price fixing for wedding photography, so I did not see much variation in the prices between any of the photographers we met with.

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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MrsWatson2b:  Fiance and I had a the hardest time finding a photographer we like. I decided to create a post on the bee asking if theirs any brides in my area knows a great photographer and they replied and boom I found her.

We just got our engagement pictures last night. She did an amazing job capturing our love for each other. Good luck on finding the right photographe. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I haven’t chosen yet, but I feel your struggle.

Do you have any friends or even co-workers who have gotten married recently?  One of my top 2 is the photographer that my bff used for her wedding, and I’ve gotten recommendations for who to avoid as well. 

I also found a few options at a bridal show that I went to.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

The best thing to do is browse through the photographer’s wedding portfolio to see if their style is the kind of pictures you want.  When we were planning, I looked through many different photographers before I found one my DH and I loved.

Also, if you have any friends/family whose wedding photos you love you could ask them to refer you.  

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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MrsWatson2b: Yay, another UK bride! Welcome to the hive.I chose ours based on price, photos and I had met him as my BFF had him too and I knew from first hand experience, as I was one of her BMs how comfortable he made you feel.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It was a combination of their portfolio, price, and personality (3 P’s haha!), probably in that order of importance. If we didn’t like their style, they weren’t even on our radar. We had a strict budget, so that played into our choices as well. The one we ultimately went with just made me feel really good about everything. He was super nice– we chatted about the wedding over some starbucks. He’s going to be right with me all day, so it’s important to me to have someone that I like and I’m comfortable being around. I also think he will be good about getting great shots without being too intrusive.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Request to view a full wedding from the photographer. When looking at the photos, determine if you like the style of the photos, but also check to see that all things you would want photographed are included. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Wedding photography is expensive! We picked our person based on cost, portfolio, convenience. He is in our area and understood that we were on a budget. His portfolio had simple, classic photos, which was what we wanted. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

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MrsWatson2b:  I first looked at quality. Did the photographer use effects I hate? If they had effects like too much blurring, too much airbrush, colors blown way out of proportion, they got the axe. If a photographer used techniques I did like, I would look at their prices.

I wanted the longest coverage possible for a reasonable price. Sometimes to stay in budget you have to compromise and sacrifice a few hours of the reception for better quality. I also did NOT want to have a photographer who charged me for access to high res digital files of my wedding. That’s just highway robbery to me.

So once you compile your “must have” list, start checking photographers off your list. Use websites like wedding wire, or a UK wedding vendor list, to find photographers in your area. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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MrsWatson2b:  I just booked mine after a seven month search (and my wedding is in April 2015!) so I can relate to your search struggles.

Have you had a chance to ask for recommendations from friends? Another option is to look at various bridal blogs. Does “Style Me Pretty” have a UK regional site so you can have a starting point? Look at various photographer sites and then start booking interviews (which are very important).

 

You can tell a lot from an interview. I booked three based on recommendations from recently married friends and then studying their work online. Here was my experience:

1. Photographer #1 got the interview date wrong so he was a no-show. Talk about major disappointment and unprofessionalism! How on earth can I trust a vendor with my wedding if they can’t even get our first face-face meeting date correct?! NEXT!

2. Interview meeting date with photographer #2 was also miscommunicated so I showed up at their office a day early. On the correct date, the conversation flowed nicely but there was no spark. There was also no budging on the pricing (which is on the high end) but I was OK with that.

 

3. I found photographer #3 by accident: two single girlfriends knew her and spontaneously recommended her. She was perfect: I interviewed her over Skype and the conversation flowed very naturally. When I mentioned the names of other famous wedding photographers’ whose work I admired, she knew exactly who I was referring to. When I described a photoshoot I liked on Pinterest, she was able to name the photographer. Her pricing was reasonable and within the range of strong caliber wedding photographers.

In short, interviews (with any vendor) are critical. Do your research (which is very overwhelming) and you will see patterns emerge. You will soon recognize what you like and dislike. The chosen vendor will understand your vision and dreams.

Post # 12
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Newbee

I looked at quality over price. I spent hours and hours searching online for all possible options. Most photographers websites are not updated frequently so I looked on their social media sites to see more recent work and I just had to compare and ask myself which photographer sparked my interest more. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee

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MrsWatson2b:  I “liked” my venue on Facebook (as the venue had an account) and looked at what photographers were tagged in photographs at weddings there.  It gave me a real idea of what my pics would actually look like, and made me feel a lot better knowing they were familiar and comfortable with the venue.  

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