(Closed) If your wedding was in a different state, how did you choose a photog?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was 3 hours away also.  I started by asking the venue for recommendations, I looked for online reviews on sites like this, I checked their galleries to see if I liked their style.  Then I emailed or called them to ask about pricing.  When they know you’re out of town, they’re more willing to give you that info without an actual meeting.  Eventually you’ll narrow it down, I’d interview the top 3, see if you can do it in one day.  That’s what I did. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was 16 hours away and just started browsing websites.  I’d call and email those that I liked to get more information and I never actually sat face-to-face with my photographer until after she was booked.  You can get just as much about their personality from a good phone call or two!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Via google, I found sites with styles that I like and tht fit my budget.  I then scoured the web for reviews of those.  I also facebook stalked those that have facebook pagest.  I emailed a bunch of questions to the top  finalists, and then did “phone interviews” with my top two.  They mailed the contract to me, and I mailed the deposit to them with the signed contract.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was 5 hours away and didn’t meet my photog until a few weeks before the actual wedding (though I booked her about 6 months before that).  I did a lot of research online looking at different photographer galleries, read a lot of reviews on Yelp and a few bride boards and ultimately narrowed down to a few photographers whose styles I liked and were in my price range.  She was definitely my favorite and, after a phone interview, I just had a good feeling about her and booked her.  It worked out really well.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We actually are flying one out with us from where we live (live in Boston, getting married in San Diego). That way, we got to do an engagement session with her, and really be comfortable with what she has to offer. Since she was only in her second season of shooting weddings, we got an a-maz-ing photographer to fly out with us for the price of an “ok” photog in San Diego. Best decision ever.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

  1. I looked at all the Bee Bloggers marrying/that married in the city I am and looked who they chose for their photography.  I then looked on their photogs current blog.
  2. I went to wedding blogs, SMP, Green Wedding Shoes, Southern Mag Wedding and plugged in my city to see vendors they recommend.
  3. Googled the type of photographer I was looking for in the area
  4. went to town reading reviews on blogs, seeing their press, contacting past clients, etc…

Take a breath and HAVE FUN!!! Wink

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We got some recommendations from one of our groomsmen who is in the photog/videographer business where we were getting married.  We checked out the websites and found someone who matched our style.  Then we sat down with them and booked them that day!  If anyone lives in the area, recommendations are a great tool. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We looked at Craigslist for the city where our wedding was going to be.  When we found photographers in our price range, we looked at their websites to see whether we liked their style of photography.  We then e-mailed the two most promising ones to get details.

We actually lucked out, because one of the two was going to be making a sightseeing trip to Washington, DC (where we live) shortly after we contacted him.  We therefore agreed to meet him in a nearby Starbucks to look at a sample album and talk with him.  At the end of that meeting, we booked him, so we never did end up talking with the other photographer.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We went with the photographer that did my cousin’s wedding.. so word of mouth recommendation i guess!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our venue is dark and has a lot of mirrors, so it is difficult to photograph. I googled images of events at our venue and looked at all of them until I noticed that I kept finding ones I liked by the same photographer. Then, I looked at her website and blog and she seemed amazing. She was the only photographer we met with and we LOVED our engagement pics!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I browsed websites, sent some emails, a few email interviews, a phone interview, and then one in person interview to find my photographer. So many couldn’t answer my few simple questions the way I liked.  I was most likely too picky, but I have a photographer I love. 

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