How To Find The Best Wedding Photographers In Miami, Florida

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Trying to find the best wedding photographers in Miami can be frustrating. It can be frustrating because there are so many wedding photographers to choose from. As a result, many couples get overwhelmed when looking for their dream wedding photographer.

The truth is that you don’t have to get a headache trying to find the best wedding photographer. This post will give you 5 steps to help you find the best wedding photographer in Miami.

Step 1 – Set a Budget For Your Best Wedding Photographer

Before you start looking at 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.

Be Realistic When Searching for Your Best Wedding Photographer

What does the term best wedding photographers mean to you? Perhaps you would like a photographer with a particular style, or you may want 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 brides. 

Understand that there are many organizations that rate and rank photographers. Many organizations rate and rank photographers by the photographers’ photos’ quality. Some of these organizations have a pay-to-get ranked program. 

My point here is to get you to stop and think. Just because someone says that this photographer is the best doesn’t mean that the photographer is right for you.

So, what is a bride supposed to do?

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: 

  1. Photos 
  2. Personality
  3. Cost
  4. Clients Relations. 

Your list should look something like this image.

Image of list of things that are important for your wedding | Best Wedding Photographer

Step 2 – Create a List of Potential Best Wedding Photographers

Once you have a realistic idea of the best wedding photographer for you, your next step should be to go searching for your potential best wedding photographers. As mentioned above, there are many wedding photographers here in Miami. To reduce time and ensure that you are only considering the photographers you think are best, start your search online.

Then Take These Steps:

  1. Use the photo section of your list to review and select 10 wedding photographers. 
  2. Make sure your chosen photographers have photos of real weddings on their websites. Real weddings will give you a better insight into how the photographer will tell your story. 
  3. Organize your list of photographers with the best wedding photographers at the top of the list. This will help you decide which photographer you can remove from the list.

Step 3 – Evaluate Your Best Wedding Photographers’ Cost

Now, with your list of best wedding photographers and your list of what is important to you, you can evaluate each photographer’s cost. Go to each photographer’s website and see if they have their price listed on their sites.

Some photographers will have their price 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.

To keep it simple, keep in mind what you are willing to pay and what you would like to receive. For example, if your number one photographer prices are out of your budget, remove that photographer from your list. Suppose the next photographer has a package within your budget, but the package doesn’t offer everything you want. In that case, you will have a few options.

You can see if the photographer will modify the photography package to get what you want, or you may accept the photography package as is. Also, you can remove or re-prioritize that photographer.

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 photographers that 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, and you are just doing initial research, and you are not ready to make an appointment.

Step 4 – Do You Like the Photographer?

By the time you get to this step, your list of best wedding photographers should have dwindled a lot. Your next step is to see if you like the remaining photographers on your list and prioritize them. 

You Can Do This Step in Two Phases

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 are getting good vibes from their about pages, you may be ready to dig a little further. 

Phase 2 – if you connect with your potentially best wedding photographer from viewing their about page, schedule a quick phone call with them. 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, they should be eager to learn about your wedding, and they should be 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.

Step 5 – Meet with Your Best Wedding Photographer

Think of this step as your first date – you have the warm bubbly feeling in your stomach, 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 have a clear understanding of Contract Terms & Clauses such as the Force Majeure/Act of God Clause, Cancelations and Refunds, and Deliverables.

Note that if you travel to Miami for your wedding, you should still have a meeting via zoom.

Don’t sabotage yourself during this step. Once you have met with all 3 photographers, close the deal and hire your best wedding photographer.

I have done consultations with many brides 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 with you,” etc.

Don’t sabotage all the hard work that gets you to this point! End the knight with a kiss!

Have questions? Let’s connect here.

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