With social media being an integral part of most people’s lives, it has become the norm to look up businesses on Facebook and/or ask for recommendations in Facebook groups before using google nowadays, but, don’t just stop there, shop around and look deeper!!
Don’t get me wrong, Facebook enquiries are great, I get over half my business from Facebook enquiries, but I always direct them to my website, so they can see what I offer and at what prices. Also take into account, the price does not accurately reflect the quality of the photographer, their work or their products, there are cheap photographers that are amazing, and expensive photographers that are not so good.
Here’s some pointers for you…
- If you’re not too fussed on photos and just want some group shots or nothing fancy as long as they are better quality than those taken on a phone, then choosing a low cost photographer may be the best idea for you.
- If however you fell that photos are important to you and you want images that you can cherish for years to come, then work out your budget, the same as you did for your flowers, dress, venue, etc and remember to stick to it!
- No doubt you will have a wedding ideas folder, or even a Pinterest account, start looking for wedding photos and keep/pin the ones that really jump out at you, when you have a little collection, you may notice that there is a clear style present in your collection, now you know the style you like, now look for the photographers (Google is your friend) who’s portfolio’s match your style again, its list making time.
- List done, let’s start the cull. Contact them to check their availability for your date, if they are available, tell them your requirements and see what price they come back with, if they are within your budget, Great, if not, see if they will match your budget, if they will, Great, if not, put a line through them and move onto the next one.
- Your now shorter list is who you should arrange a consultation with, you like their work, but will you like them? Given the choice of working with someone your comfortable having around your family and guests as well as dealing with afterwards, and someone you not, who are you going to choose?
- Whoever is left on your list, they are your finalists… now the hard part…. Pick one. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT BASE YOUR DECISION ON THE PRICE!! It’s within your budget already, so that’s not the deal breaker, choose the quality of work, who’s do you love more…? BINGO there’s your answer.
This way of choosing, can be used on all wedding vendors, not just photographers.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the only way, but it’s the way that works the best, if you have any tips or ideas you would like to add, please leave a comment below