Where to find your perfect wedding photographer
There are simply hundreds of photographers out there, and finding your perfect wedding photographer can be a difficult task. Here are a few top places to start your search for the right photographer:
Google/Yahoo/other popular search engines
This is often the first place many people start from when searching for a wedding photographer. After a quick search you will soon find that heavy photography hobbyist and keen amateur right up to the top end pros you are looking for will all have a website. There are some fundamental flaws with looking at photographer’s websites. The first is that of course the photographers only show their very best work. Often you will only see one or two shots for each wedding so you don’t get a great idea of the full package and what is covered.
Consistency is very important and you want to be able to see that the same standard is maintains for a whole wedding. Websites also don’t give y9ou an idea of the personality of your photographer. How you click with the photographer can be just as important as the standard of their work and can make or break you wedding day. Simply meeting the photographer in person can of course solve both of these issues. Ask to see several wedding albums that demonstrate the full wedding service and spend some time getting to know the photographer. for more information, visit this website.
When using search engines try and be as specific in your search. Rather than searching simply “wedding photographer” narrow the search down to your area such as searching “wedding photographer Milton Keynes” or “ wedding photographer London” this means your results will be filtered to only the company’s covering your area rather than the thousands all over the world.
When using Google don’t be fooled into thinking the first few results are always the best. Google charges for their top spot ads so anyone who is willing to pay can get their ads to appear here. You can tell the paid ads as they are in a colored box that says the word “Ads” in the right corner. This is not to say you should ignore these results but the top result in the natural unpaid listing can often be more reliable.
Wedding Shows/ Exhibitions.
As a wedding photographer a love doing wedding shows. It’s a great chance to meet people face to face and chat about their weddings all day. For a couple getting married it is a great chance to meet with suppliers face to face. This means from the beginning you will know if the photographer’s personality is right for your wedding. Most photographers will also have plenty of albums available to look at and plenty of time to chat. The only problem with shows is of course not all the photographers in the area are there. Some will limit the show to several suppliers from each sector some will be overrun with the same thing.
Most people will have friends and family who have been married in the area and used a local photographer. Asking a friend who has similar tastes to yours is a great way of finding a photographer as you will get an honest opinion of their work and their service. Of course what works for one person may not work for you so still use your own judgment
Always meet the photographer
I have said it time and time again. Meeting your photographer before you book could be one of the most important steps in your decision. Just because there site looks great or your friend loved them does not mean you will. So the more questions you ask and the more you get to know them the better. Learn better ideas at http://petapixel.com/2015/06/26/how-i-use-the-fujifilm-xt-1-for-documentary-wedding-photography/
How did you find your photographer?
For those of you already married it would be great to find out how you found your wedding photographer? Use the comments below to share.