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How to Find a Wedding Photographer

Congratulations!!!  You are engaged!!!

Now that you’re floating down from Cloud 9 and have finally set a date, you may be starting to feel like there is a lot more to do than you had originally anticipated.  Although it can all be pretty exciting stuff, the long list of details may be a bit daunting especially if you don’t know where to start!

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I wish I could give you 3 tips on how to make wedding planning a breeze, but I’m so sorry I don’t!  But I am here to shed some light on how to find a wedding photographer.

1. WEBSITES

Thank goodness for the internet and the ridiculous amount of information it holds.  These days, photographers usually have a Portfolio Website, a Blog, an Instagram account, a Facebook Page and possibly even more outlets to showcase their work.  Take some time to see what’s out there.  There are so many different styles and approaches to photography, keep looking till someone’s work + style resonates with you!  Googling your city, venue, your theme (if you have one), and any other keywords that reflect your day PLUS wedding photography should populate pages and pages of Photography Websites and/or Blogs that will keep you busy for hours.

And yes, don’t forget about Wedding Blogs!  Amazing way to find inspiration and the vendors that help make it all happen.

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2. ASK

Ask around!  You may have a friend or two who have gotten married recently and maybe you’ve seen a few photos posted on FB or they’ve shown you personally.  Either way, if you like what you see, don’t be afraid to ask who their photographer was, what the experience was like and if they were happy with the final product/images.  Referrals for photography (or any vendor) is always a safe way to go!

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3. MEET

Finally, be sure to meet your potential photographer before booking!  Although you may love a photographer’s style, if you don’t love their personality it will surely be a deal breaker.  And this is something you’ll want to know BEFORE you sign the dotted line.  After all, your photographer will be with you all day including the most of the intimate moments.  If you don’t feel 100% comfortable around your potential photographer, this is probably a big sign that this relationship may not be a fit.  Meeting before making a decision will help you know if he/she “gets you” and if you can imagine spending 8-10+ hours together!

Your wedding day is all about celebrating and being with the ones you love most.  Making sure you trust and feel good about your photographer will help you keep your mind on celebrating!

 

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