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Tips to Find a Photographer & Videographer

February 20, 2017 by The Marquardt Ranch

When asked about her wedding day, one thing every bride will say is, “It went by so fast!” With all the preparation and planning that goes into making the day absolutely perfect, and then the day passing by in a blur, it’s no wonder every bride cherishes the pictures and videos that will preserve the details and memories of the day for a lifetime. However, finding the right person for the job is no easy task. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to help you find the perfect photographer & videographer for your special day.

Ask Around

If you want to involve your family and friends in the wedding process and you have professionals who are close to you, this might be a great way to involve them. You can have one person taking pictures or recording the whole night, or you can spread the responsibility out by giving a few different people cameras and having them record the event from different angles. Afterwards, you can compile these different videos into a single version.

Search Locally

If none of your family or friends feel comfortable with documenting your wedding, or if you just prefer to have a professional on hand so that your guests don’t have to worry about multitasking, a good way to start your search is by looking at local listings on Yelp or a similar service-oriented site. This is a great way to support local businesses as well!

Check Reviews

As with any other service, it’s important to check reviews on vendors’ profiles. Look specifically for reviews that are precise and explicit as to why the customer gave that rating. See if the one-star reviews are complaining about things that matter to you, or if they are petty complaints, and see if the positive reviews far outweigh the negative ones.

Get Multiple Quotes

By shopping around and getting multiple quotes from different vendors, you can get an idea of what’s really a fair price. No one wants to be overcharged for photography and videography services, but it’s also important to keep in mind that quality matters, and quality sometimes means more money.

Book Early

The best photographers and videographers fill their calendars quickly, and the most popular wedding months, June and July, sometimes fill up a year or more in advance. As soon as you know the date of your big day, start searching for the perfect photographer and videographer for you and your budget and book them. You will be so at ease knowing these major To Do items are checked off your list and you can move on to the more fun items of shopping for gowns and cake tasting!

Happy planning!

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