Trying to find the best wedding photographers in Miami can be frustrating. First, it can be frustrating because there are so many wedding photographers. As a result, many couples get overwhelmed when looking for their dream wedding photographer.
However, you don’t have to get a headache finding the best Miami wedding photographers. This post will give you 5 steps to help you find the best wedding photographer.
Before looking for the best wedding photographers in Miami, set a budget. Most professional photographers will have ready-made packages with options to modify or create a custom package. Having a budget sets you up for getting a custom package that best fits your pocketbook. Nothing turns a photographer off like an inquirer who is elusive about their budget.
What does the term best wedding photographers mean to you? You may want a photographer with a particular style or a photographer you like and can relate to. Whatever you consider being best, identify and make a note of it. Your idea of the best wedding photographer may differ from your friends or other couples.
Understand that there are many organizations that rate and rank photographers. For example, some organizations rate and rank photographers by the photographers’ quality of photographs. Additionally, some organizations will have a pay-to-get ranked program (meaning the photographer pays a fee to get rated).
My point here is to get you to stop and think. Just because someone says a photographer is the best doesn’t mean that the photographer is right for you.
To get a clear and concise idea of the best wedding photographer for you, I recommend that you create a list of things important to you. To make your list of things more manageable, you can break it into these 4 groups:
Your list should look something like this image:
Once you have a realistic idea of the best wedding photographer, your next step should be searching for your potential wedding photographers. As mentioned above, there are many wedding photographers here in Miami. So, start your search online to reduce time and ensure that you only consider the photographers you think are best.
Now, you can evaluate each photographer’s cost with your list of best wedding photographers and what is important to you. But first, go to each photographer’s website and see if their prices are listed on their sites.
Some photographers will have their prices listed, others will have a price range, and many old-school photographers will want you to call them or make an appointment. There are many schools of thought regarding wedding photography pricing, and you could easily get lost in this step.
Keep in mind what you are willing to pay and what you would like to receive to keep it simple. For example, if your number one photographer’s prices are out of your budget, remove that photographer from your list. However, suppose the next photographer has a package within your budget, but the package only offers some things you want. In that case, you will have a few options:
At this point, you should start to get the hang of finding the best wedding photographer in Miami, Florida. As you evaluate cost, keep an eye out for photographers that let you build your own package and for photographers from whom you can request a quote. These options will allow you to zero in on your target budget so you can decide fast.
If you really love a photographer’s work and there is no pricing information on their website, see if you can send them a text message. And if texting them is not an option, then call them. Still, if no one picks up when you call, leave them a message, send them an email, or fill out the form on their website.
Be sure to let them know that you like their work, are just doing initial research, and are not ready to make an appointment.
By the time you get to this step, your list of best wedding photographers should have dwindled. So your next step is to see if you like the remaining photographers on your list and prioritize them.
Phase 1 – go to the photographer’s about page and see what they have to say. Do they speak to you? Can you connect with them? If you get good vibes from their about pages, you may be ready to dig further.
Phase 2 – if you connect with your potentially best wedding photographer by viewing their about page, schedule a quick phone call. Your goal here is to get a feel for their personality and responsiveness.
Once you get a photographer on the phone, they should be polite, eager to learn about your wedding, and a good listener. They should also allow you to ask as many questions as time permits.
If they talk down to you or are all about themselves, and if they are pushy, these could be signs of a red flag. Ask yourself, is this someone I can have close to me for most of my wedding day?
At the end of this step, you should have at least three best wedding photographers with who you can schedule an appointment.
In a post-pandemic world, most meetings are done virtually. So your photographer may want to schedule a meeting over Zoom or Google. Think of this step as your first date – you have the warm bubbly feeling in your stomach, and you are excited and ready for the first kiss, but you still want to be in control.
Be prepared for your meeting. You should already have most of your questions answered. However, don’t be shy to ask the same questions again. Ensure you clearly understand Contract Terms & Clauses such as the Force Majeure/Act of God Clause, Cancelations and Refunds, and Deliverables.
NOTE – Don’t sabotage yourself during this step! Once you have met with all 3 photographers, close the deal and hire your best wedding photographer in Miami, FL.
I have done consultations with many couples who love my work. My pricing is within their budget, and I answered all their questions to their satisfaction. Still, they will find little things to talk themselves out of closing the deal.
They will say something like, “we need to think about it. Let us talk it over and get back to you,” etc.
Don’t sabotage all the hard work that gets you to this point! End the knight with a kiss!
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