Finding a wedding photographer may not be difficult to do these days given the availability and wealth of information out there. But sometimes, we get overwhelmed and confused as we ask ourselves how we can find one, given the wealth of such information.
To help you get through this confusion, we have prepared this guide to get you going with your search.
1. Ask around within your own network
Basic as it may seem, the best place to get started is within your immediate circle. In this case, start by getting in touch with people in your own network. This would include your family, relatives, and friends. Most especially, try to connect with those in the network who got married recently ask how well did their wedding photographer do in covering the event. If there are any, try to check out the photos that were done by the photographer to have an idea of his photography style and see if it would fit your preferences.
Even if there are no recent weddings to note, still try to ask around and maybe some of them have a photographer they would know or recommend. Or, by a stroke of luck, you may have those in your network who are photographers themselves who may either cover the wedding for you or know fellow photographers who are available.
2. Visit bridal fairs
Bridal fairs provide an excellent venue to find wedding photographers. One advantage of such events is that it provides a single venue where you can get acquainted with as many photographers as possible and see what they offer, providing much convenience and saving considerable time and effort on your part as well.
Another thing to note about bridal fairs is that some participating photographers take advantage of this event by offering special discounts for those who will avail of their services during the fair. It’s something worth keeping in mind.
3. Explore social media
With the growth of social media, a growing number of wedding photographers have begun to use this tool to their advantage in promoting their services through paid advertising or viral marketing among others. In fact, you may have seen some of their works which have spread virally in the web whether through your own network or through the form of a promoted post.
Social media is also a good source of information, especially if you’re focusing your efforts online. With more photographers now having an established presence in social media, you get to save considerable time and effort in reaching out to them, not to mention being able to easily see their portfolio.
4. Browse bridal publications and websites
There are a number of publications and websites available that are dedicated to wedding matters that you can check out. Many of these publications have a directory listing of wedding service providers like wedding photographers that you can contact.
Also worth checking out are the wedding coverages they feature on their respective publications and sites which spotlight the work of the photographers who covered those weddings. These features should give you an idea of the work and style of the photographer you may have in mind.
5. Check out the classified listings
Whether online or offline, classified listings have long been a reliable source of information on wedding photographers. The downside though is that the listings do not provide much detail, at least when comes to the work they have done, unless they listed their site or online portfolio in the ads. But with the limitations of the source, what is important at least is that they have provided valid contact information and that your queries to them will be promptly answered.
6. Visit online forums
Online forums are also a good source of information as to where to find wedding photographers. Check out the wedding forums in online communities or online communities dedicated specially to weddings; some of these places have helpfully put up wedding photographer questions as sticky posts so you won’t have a hard time finding them.
Given the democratic nature of online forums and communities, some information you may find may not be entirely accurate. Take such information with a grain of salt, especially when it comes to those that don’t have additional information available.
7. Talk to your wedding planner
Wedding planners can be very helpful in taking care of most of the wedding details for you, giving you lesser headaches and worries to mind about your wedding. In some cases, wedding planners can take care of finding a photographer for you if in case you have not found one.
Whichever option you will take in finding your wedding photographer, in the end it is the photographer’s skill and expertise that will matter. Always be sure that you get to know your photographer and the quality of the service he offers before you make the choice.