(Closed) Wedding photographer-how did you decide?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I saw our photographer’s work in a local wedding magazine. He did a famous NFL players wedding and his pictures were beautiful. I ended up looking at his website and all of his photos were beautiful (not just the one of a celebrity). I thought he’d be out of budget for what I wanted but he actually ended up being in our budget. Met with him and we loved him 🙂

Post # 17
505 posts
Busy bee

I found mine (2k under budget at that!) by looking through #chicagoweddingphotography on instagram and Facebook. 

We had a lot of good luck on thumbtack as well. 

Post # 18
9 posts

We were engaged a year before our wedding, and my mom said she would find us a photographer. Two months before the wedding she still hadn’t found one so I had to start looking. My two best friends are photographers but they were both bridesmaids so I ended up scouring the Internet, going to bridal expos, Google and Yelp and all of the Facebook profiles for photographers were ridiculous! Some were good but cost the same as some great ones. Finally my mother in law was at a charity event and ended up getting an 8 hour photography package worth $1500 there. We accepted the gift but it went pretty bad. Our photographers left before the 8 hours were up – before we even cut the cake. We fortunately had an Instagram and Facebook hashtag and tons of people with cameras and cell phones so it was no biggie, but yeah I suggest not doing what we did 😅

Post # 19
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I found one I loved on Style Me Pretty but when I got the pricing info back, I realized she was way out of my price range. I asked if she knew of anyone in my budget with a similar style and she was nice enough to recommend a few people. Never hurts to ask!

Also, don’t buy into the hype about needing to be best friends with your photographer. In 20 years, you’re going to want to love the photos, not cherish the friendship you’ve made with someone you worked with once. Make your decision based on the photos you see on their website. Not only whether you like their style, but whether the photos they showcase are flattering selections, poses you think make the couple look natural and comfortable and overall, what you’d like to see on your mantle next year!

Post # 20
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Took us forever to find a photographer we liked becase we were both so picky. We ended up finding an amazing photographer on the Wedding Photojournalist Association site. http://www.wpja.com/

Post # 21
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We used theknot and wedding wire as well as fell in love with someones photos that we both knew. 

I thought he would be out of oru budget but he wasnt! 

We also found it helpful to meet our top choices in person. We really liked one photographers work but he really rubbed us the wrong way.

Post # 22
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2016


I was trying to be cheap for our engagement shots. I looked for photography deals in my area, checked out ALL of their personal pages and reviews, and went from there.

Had an amazing $75 engagement shoot, and I can’t wait for our wedding photos to come back. He’s incredible and really affordable! DC photographers are ridculously expensive.


Style-wise, cloe your eyes and try to picture what you want your wedding to look like. When you think about your wedding, what does it look like? The images that I saw in my head were all candid, in-the-moment shots that captured our energy. That’s what I looked for.

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