Post # 1
Oh hello there! I’m a vendor moving across the country (I won’t post links to my work – don’t want this misconstrued as advertising) and I’m wondering for all the California brides out there – how did you choose your photographer? Word of mouth? Ad or listing on a blog? Referral from friends/family?
What was the most important factor in choosing a photographer?<br /><br />
Any insight would be highly appreciated!
Post # 2
Wedding show was where I found mine.
Post # 3
TonyClifton: For me, photography was the least important item in my budget. However, I knew family portraits were very important to both my mom and FI’s mom, so I chose someone who needed to beef up their portfolio or get their feet wet in the wedding business. It was win-win because now my moms have their portraits, the photographer gets experience, it’s usually cheaper and if the photos don’t turn out spectacular–it’s no skin off my back!
Post # 4
TonyClifton: I”m not from Cali but I found mine via facebook. I was looking at pictures my friends were tagged in from weddings they’d been to (photos posted to photographer pages and then people I know were tagged in them). There are so many photographers, it’s really hard to narrow down. I think a big online presence is the most important thing. If you can’t be found online it’s a problem.
Post # 5
I was hyper-specific about what I wanted, and I asked around – one of my friends was using the photographer I chose for her wedding last summer – after I saw her pictures and saw them in action, I was sold – no matter the price.
For what its worth, my photographer doesn’t blog – they found it too time consuming. They do however have a fairly decent facebook presence. They usually post one sneak preview image from each wedding/shoot and they are so much fun to see!
Post # 6
These are all so awesome – thank you! Keep the answers coming! We were thinking of advertising with a Cali based blog or mag but the ad quotes we were getting were over $1500 – a lot of a small business owner! Really awesome to hear how you pick your photogs! Thank you guys!
Post # 7
TonyClifton: Our local area has a wedding magazine so that was my first place to look. I’ll admit the advertising in there really caught my eye, but what I mainly used was their vendor listing index and visited each site. I also took the recommendation of friends very seriously, as well as people that I knew would know someone great, like my hairdresser… I did not take any craigslist posting seriously- but they were all not so great anyway. We found our photographer on style me pretty but it was for a destination wedding- usually I would assume if they are on there they are too expensive for me!
Post # 8
I met mine at a bridal show, but reviewed her extensive gallery on her website before meeting with her again and making final decision.
Post # 9
I just googled “(my city) wedding photographers” and checked out a bunch of websites. To narrow it down, I looked at price and how good their pictures were. The more elaborate and professional a website was, the better I rated them.
Post # 10
None of the above, I found her on google.
Post # 11
I did a lot of google searching for photogs but I eventually actually found my photog on Craigslist. She was based out of Southern Cal but wanted to do some photography back in her home state of KY but didn’t want to spend money advertising, so she just took out an ad in the KY Craigslist. And I got a discount for mentioning the ad, which was really nice! Once I saw her Craigslist ad I researched her on her website and some local reviews, but the initial place i found her was still Craigslist!
One other piece of unsolicited advice: Don’t call your pricing information “Investments”. That was my biggest pet peeve while photography shopping.
Post # 12
Has anyone used Thumbtack to find a wedding vendor?
Post # 13
We met our photographer at a bridal expo, stalked her website and fb, then made an appt with her. She was ome of the bet decisions we made about our wedding. I also wasn’t willing to cut corners for our photography and videography since those are what we have left after what’s said and done.
Post # 14
TonyClifton: Boo…. my post got deleted…. Let’s try again…..
As for the poll….. I did none of the above……
I had my heart set on a photojournalistic wedding photography. With this in mind, I searched the internet and found a few photographers in my area that specialized in photojournalism. I then browsed the photographer’s websites to see if the photos went along with what I had envisioned for my wedding. I then contacted them and arranged meetings to obtain further information and pricing.
My final decision came down to the following
- fell absolutely in love with two photographers that work for a small photography company (and was able to book them for my wedding)
- I had copyright to ALL my photos (not a fan of photographers selecting images for me)
- the cost of the package
- the contract that was provided contained everything I wanted and needed to ensure a great wedding experience
I am so in love with my photos…… I am so glad with my decision…..
Post # 15
I also found mine at a wedding show. We talked for a few minutes and I fell in love with their personalities, style, and cost. I love them!