How to Find a Wedding Photographer

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So you’ve recently got engaged and now you’re wondering, how to find a wedding photographer.

The internet is a wonderful tool full of great resources but it has a lot of rabbit holes you can fall into that can get very overwhelming. Especially when you’ve never hired a professional photographer before. This is a once in a lifetime event and it’s important to find the right vendors to hire.

This is my quick guide to get you started on your search and please reach out if you have any questions.

how to find a wedding photographer

ASKING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

One very common path people take is to ask friends and family if they know of anyone personally.
However, I see a lot of times where the photographer a friend uses may not be the best fit or provide the services someone’s looking for. Having other options is always a good idea so you don’t limit yourself to someone you may not work well with.  


GOOGLE

Next on the list would be to check the good old google search for “Photographers Near Me”. 
This will give you some options but may not always yield the best results
(no one really checks out the second page of google so your first options are usually limited).
If you are going to utilize google I highly recommend using useful keywords such as

Family Photographer in Greenville, SC
Portrait Photographer in Lynchburg, VA
Lifestyle Photographer in Virginia

This will help narrow down the options that show up on google so that you’re not just clicking link after link.
I do recommend at least giving page two a look and seeing who all is in your local area!


WEBSITES

For those of you who would rather check out photography websites I’ve listed a few below that I think may be helpful. These are a little more limited but may be a good place to start.
These are geared more towards wedding photography and elopements but these photographers may also offer other photography services so make sure to check out their websites.

https://wanderingweddings.com
https://www.zola.com
https://www.fearlessphotographers.com
https://www.tailoredshots.com


FACEBOOK

Another place that can be a great resource is Specific Facebook Groups (i.e. family photographers of Virginia, Wedding photographers of Charlotte, NC,  etc.).
However, I do warn you that if you post a vague “I need a Wedding Photographer in Lynchburg, VA” you will get a LOT of people commenting and it can be overwhelming.

When posting in specific facebook groups I do recommend having as many details as possible.
Such as what I typed below which will help in getting the right professionals to comment on your post:
Looking for
Light and Airy Wedding Photographer in Roanoke, VA
Available October 3, 2022. 
Budget $2,000-$2,500
 


INSTAGRAM

My last suggest would be to utilize Instagram Hashtags and Locations.
This one will be a more time consuming because it will involve a LOT of scrolling.
You can either use specific hashtags (i.e. #VAphotographer, #NCphotographer, #SCphotographer, #LynchburgVAweddingphotographer, etc)
OR you can look for locations you like (i.e. Blue Ridge Parkway, or Downtown Lynchburg) and click on the photos linked to those locations.
Either way this can help you determine the style of photography you like and possibly where you’d like your photos taken!


CONCLUSION

As a photographer it can be easy to forget that not everyone knows how to pick and hire a photographer. Check out my blog (link below) to get an idea of what to do when you find someone you’re interested in!
If you have other suggestions please let me know so I can add them in.

Emie is a Wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia.  She is committed to helping couples and individuals create beautiful photos that they'll cherish for a lifetime.

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