Congratulations on your engagement! I hope this blog post will help you find the perfect wedding photographer for your big day. Whether you are looking for a lifestyle photographer, an artistic photographer, or something in between, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you need help narrowing down the search, here are some places to start your search.
Find a Wedding photographer on Facebook
The most popular way to search for a photographer for the big day is on Facebook (or Instagram). The first step is to take a look at the photographer's website and make sure that you like their work. If you don't already have an idea of what kind of style you are looking for, then try searching different areas in Utah County (American Fork, Orem, Lehi, Pleasant Grove, etc...) to see what comes up.
Check out the photography page of your local newspaper
This method's a bit old school, but it could be very effective in finding a good Utah County wedding photographer. Many local papers have their own photography pages which usually include information about photographers that live in your area. You can often find contact info for these photographers on the page, as well. If the photographer has gone to the trouble of getting in a local paper, then they've likely been around for a while and probably have a decent amount of experience.
Search for photographers in your area on Google
Google search is another way to find a great Utah County photographer for your wedding. Google (and Bing) offer great resources for finding photographers. They'll typically show pertinent information like what kind of photography the photographer does best, if they are available for weddings in your area, and if they specialize in wedding photography or any other event that you could be hosting.
Look at wedding blogs and see who is featured as the photographer
If you're looking for a Utah County photographer who specializes in wedding photography, look at some of the different local blogs or news that cater to weddings. You might find an ad for your perfect Utah County photographers on those pages or even better, they are featured in one of the articles on how to plan weddings (kind of like this one) and things like that! You'll want a photographer who knows their stuff. Finding blogs written by photographers is a big plus!
Ask family members if they know anyone that does photography professionally
Everyone knows someone who does photography or at least has a camera. You do want to find someone who does photography professionally in order to find the best option for you. No need to spend your money on a family friend or distant relative that is just doing this for fun. It's not worth it!
If your family gives you a reference and that reference doesn't work out, then ask that reference for a reference. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who knows someone. Soon enough, you'll find a photographer who can shoot your wedding perfectly!
Look for Photographers on Instagram
Social media is a great way to find photographers. If you don't follow anyone who does photography, there are many hashtags about the arts (ie #utahweddingphotography) that can give you an idea of people in your area and what they do. You're likely to find someone that might be worth checking out. Instagram is all about images so you should be able to get an idea really quickly about the quality of their pictures.
Go to Conventions
Most people that do professional photography are at conventions. They get the chance to show off their best pictures, talk about new techniques they have learned, and expand their creative minds. There are also conventions around specific events (such as weddings) which is an excellent place to find a photographer associated with that event (such as a wedding photographer). Speaking as someone who's gone to one of these wedding conventions, it's a great place to find your photographer because photographers usually offer some sort of convention deal that is way better than their standard rates.
Keep Looking for the Perfect Photographer
If you are looking for a photographer to document your wedding, family photos, or other events, now you know where to start. You may need to chat with a few photographers before you find the perfect wedding photographer. When you do, make sure you schedule the best wedding venue in Utah County.
About the Author
Justin Lewis writes content for Kiki Photography, a local photography service specializing in wedding photography, bridal photos, engagement photography, and more.