(Closed) Overwhelmed – how do you find a photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For us, we went to a bridal show (not an option for you) and did a crap load of googling. I finally found someone in our price range on Craigslist of all places. I’d say as you find someone you LOVE just shoot them an email. Being 5 months out might be a slight challenge but I JUST booked the photog like a week ago so there is hope to get your dream photographer!  I’d totally suggest sticking to folks who have blogs. It allows you to see a much wider range of work. I was considering the woman who did our epics but he didn’t have a blog. I loved her portfolio but by coincidence she shot my friends weddings and the pictures were AWFUL! A blog shows you how they improve over time, if they use all the same poses etc. but anywho, good luck!!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Do I send out 100 emails?


Yes. 🙂 Don’t spend time at this stage looking into the details of their work. Email blitz a million of them. Or call them if you like to talk on the phone better.

Then you can narrow down by 1) Price, 2) Availability, 3) Responsiveness, and 4) Professionalism. Find a way to flag or print out the emails of the ones you like talking to who are available and in budget. Only then start going through their website and portfolio to see if you like their work.

Don’t get caught up in looking through thousands of wedding pictures at this stage. You’ll just get lost in it and be nowhere closer to finding a photographer.

Next, of the ones you like, figure out if you like their style. Talk to them more to see if you have some chemistry with the person. (You’re gonna be with the photographer more than your Fiance that day most likely.) Take notes on the things you like and what sort of packages they offer. Then you can compare between the different photographers you like.

If you need other ways to search:

I did this a few times: I went to wedding wire and looked at people who reviewed my venue. If they have more than one review, I would click on their name to see if they reviewed a photographer. Then I would contact that photographer.

 

Post # 19
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1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My wedding date is June 21. We got engaged last March so I really had first pick at who I wanted. I came up with a budget, sent out emails to photographers who I liked. I did a lot of google searching!! I narrowed it down by price & made my decision. We booked our photographer last April. 

Post # 20
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Narrow it down to 5 people you can afford and are genuinely interested in booking. Send each a personal and human email. When I get an email that only talks about pricing and says nothing about the couple or why they are interested I know they are just doing a mass cattle call of photographers are really aren’t interested in my work. You’ll be much better experience with a photographer you click with. 

Post # 22
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1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

My mom actually found my photog.  She sent a bunch of options and I picked the one whos portfolio I liked best.  I’d start off with theknot.com’s recommendations, then maybe yelp or google.  Also, to prevent from getting overwhelmed, I suggest you start delegating certain duties to your bridal party 🙂

Post # 23
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Busy bee

@koi424 that is really only good advice if you are only concerned about price and not about quality. Wouldn’t it be a waste of time to email photographers who work isn’t even good or isn’t your style at all? 


Post # 24
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Busy bee

@lazy I’m in the boston area. PM with what you are looking for as for hours and product, what type of style you are looking for and your budget. I’m pretty tied into the industry out here so I can send you a list of people I highly recommend. Other vendors as well.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I actually completely forgot about photography when doing the budget for my wedding. Then I couldn’t believe how expensive it was when I tried to add it onto the budget without breaking the bank. I did the mass email thing and found a photographer that was within our budget but wasn’t thrilled with the photos but was ready to send in the contract because it was what we could afford. I was showing my SIL her photos while going over the details of the wedding and she suggested someone she knows. She contacted them and although he lives 4 hour away from the ceremony, he is willing to work within our budget as long as we can get him to the ceremony (he lives in the city and doesn’t have a car). After hours researching on the internet and sending out mass emails, I ended up choosing this random friend of a friend. His photos are so much better than the other photographer we were settled on. I recommend just contacting anyone you know who might have a photographer friends and seeing what they can do. He is totally worth more than we can pay. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@EffieTrinket:  yep

i got mine through a bridal show.   after talking to almost all of them there I walked into my photographers booth and we instantly clicked.  we talked like we’ve known each other for awhile.  That’s what made my final decision.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@PizzutiStudios:  Well it’s like two sides of a coin. Either way you are wasting your time. I feel my way wastes less of my time, but other may feel differently.

Steps for Scenario A:
Search the internet for a photographer. Find one. He is one of the many that does not list prices on his website. Browse his entire website and get a feel for his style. Read the testimonials and reviews. Perhaps he has a blog or a facebook page – Browse that. Decide you like him. Email him to ask about availability and pricing.

Steps for Scenario B:
Search the internet for a photographer. Find one. He is one of the many that does not list prices on his website. Email him to ask about availability and pricing.

Both of these scenarios end one of two ways. He is either available and in budget, or he is not one of those things. I feel in Scenario A, you have now wasted a bunch of your time and perhaps gotten your hopes up if your email gets a bad response. In Scenario B, I feel now you can go back and browse the website and this will be time well spent and not in vain.

Scenario B does require the photographer to perhaps waste 5 minutes of his time writing an email. But if he didn’t want to be bothered with those emails he should put that information on his website!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I find it sad that so many of you are making your decisions entirely based on price.  I know that price is a huge factor in whether or not you’re wasting your time or the photographer’s, but  so much of what makes good photography is the personal connection between you and photographer.  Don’t let the perfect photographer slip away because of a $100 on a spreadsheet of 50+ people they were slightly more expensive than someone else.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@lazy:  Very very obviously not what I am saying.  And I’ll stand by the comment I made after reading some of the suggestions made in this thread.

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