How To Find Your Wedding Photographer Using Social Media & The Internet
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The wedding planning process is a decision-making process and a lot of it has to deal with a vendor being the right fit for you. Don't just pick someone because you "need somebody". Really take the time to get to know the vendor you're looking at. Take the time to look at what's making them stand out to you from the rest. Most Brides & couple's are finding their "right fit" using social media and the internet. There's nothing wrong with this as most professionals are more than likely on social media and have websites, but it may be hard to navigate how to find a photographer or cinematographer for your day. I'm here to help.
I'm going to walk you through the best ways to do it. Keep in mind that I will be searching in the "Orlando Florida" area. Change your search to the location of your wedding.
1. Instagram - Search for specific hashtags and/or be specific in the search bar. For example, if you're getting married in Orlando Florida search for #orlandoweddingphotographer (if video search for #orlandoweddingvideographer)
2. Facebook - Search for photographers based on location. For example, if you're getting married in Orlando Florida search for 'Orlando Wedding Photographers". This can be a little tricky if you get Facebook groups as results, so pay attention to wording. If it's showing you photography or videography then click on that which will show you their work. If you like what you see check out their website which is listed on their Facebook page.
3. Facebook Groups- If you're in a Facebook group like this one or others that are similar make a post that you're searching for a Wedding Photographer in the area of your wedding location. You'll get a lot of comments and this will make your search a little easier. You'll have to look at each comment (so pace yourself). One tip I advise you to to do is SAVE THE POST so you can go back to it easily if you need to take a break or happen to be off Facebook for a few hours.
1. Google - Search for photographers based on location. Be specific and watch watch your spelling and typos. Even searching "Orlando wedding photographerS" (with a capital S at the end will give you different results). Be specific so google can deliver more precisely what you're looking for.
2. Blog Resources: (Green Text Linked to Content)
I. Weddings: 3 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
II. Tips For Brides
3. Video Resources:
I. How To Choose Your Photographer or Cinematographer
Referrals/ Word of Mouth
1. Your Venue/Planner: These are reputable resources because a venue or planner does not want to work with a headache. If they recommend a company to you make an effort to contact them.
Tip: Even if the vendor is outside of your budget it may be totally worth it experience wise.
Look At The Portfolio (Wedding Photographers/ Cinematographers (Videographers):
Portfolio: Look at their work.
Tip: Look at as many wedding as possible so you can have an better idea of their style. Be mindful that everyone doesn't have the same theme for their wedding and some weddings may be more elaborate then others, but for the most part Wedding Photographers/ Cinematographers (Videographers) have a style and you will see that throughout their portfolio.
Look At Reviews (All of Your Wedding Vendors):
Reviews: Reviews and testimonials tell you a lot about your vendors. Professionals will not post false testimonials on their website.
Tip: Look up your potential vendor via Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Google. These platforms don't let people submit fake reviews or allow vendors to pay for reviews.
Questions: Professionals want you to have a great wedding day experience. Asking the right questions is what you need to keep in mind. Most professionals have website and have a section for frequently asked questions. This is a great place to start before calling your vendor with any additional questions. Some may also prefer that you email them with your questions; practices vary.
Call your vendors with your questions after you've reviewed their FAQs page.
Hire a Wedding planner
Tip: Write down your questions. Cross-off the questions that are already on the FAQs page. This doesn't meant that your question isn't still important. What it does is give you more time to ask your vendor the additional questions you have.
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