If you’re getting married on a beach, you’re probably expecting incredible wedding photos to plaster throughout your home. Shots of you two frolicking in the sand at sunset, sharing salty kisses beside a twinkling turquoise sea. You can’t trust these precious memories to just any amateur with a fancy camera! But your initial google search has turned up about a million hits for wedding photography! Where do you even begin to search for your diamond in the rough? And how do you find the best photographer for your wedding in Mexico? Don’t worry. We are going to walk you through the process.
Step 1. Referrals
I know this might sound crazy, but I am actually going to suggest that you DON’T start your hunt with Google! I know, I know….but hear me out. In the beginning, googling can be too overwhelming for the already overwhelmed bride. The results can make your head spin! I mean, at what page do you draw the line?
Listen, there is no better place to start your search for the best wedding photographer than with good old word of mouth! There are several ways to find qualified referrals:
– Friends who got married in Mexico, or friends of friends.
– Wedding forums. You can find these everywhere online, but Facebook is a good one stop shop. Search for your destination wedding location, resort or venue and join the groups that you find.
– If you have hired a wedding planner, travel consultant, or local vendor, then ask them who they recommend.
This should leave you with a nice sized list of wedding photography websites to peruse.
Step 2. Reviews
Okay, now we can move on to Google. Whew! We are back in familiar territory.
Once you have selected a handful of wedding photographers whose style and website you love, then Google their reviews. See what clients are saying about them. Do any of the reviews really resonate with you? You can often tell when a review is genuine, and when it has been bought or bartered for in some way, so take the time to read what’s written instead of just noting the number of reviews.
Step 3. Connect
Now get in touch with your short list of wedding photographers. Send an email introducing yourself, and give them some information about your wedding, like date and venue. And hey, why not throw them a compliment on their photos while you’re at it! Keep in mind that the best photographers are in demand and will be screening you as much as you are screening them. Simply sending a demand for a price list is not likely to earn you any brownie points!
Then see what you get back from them, and this is a crucial bit of intel for you. Do they get back to you quickly? Do they send you an automated note, or are you treated like an actual, valuable person? Do you like the tone of the person on the other end of the email thread? What kind of first impression are you left with about this particular company?
Here is some of the best advice I can give at this stage: schedule a phone call or Skype date to have a real conversation with the photographer. You are going to be spending the better part of your entire wedding day with whomever you choose, so make sure you two click! It is SO important that you feel comfortable this person. Once you have connected in this way, your decision should become clear.
Step 4. Buyer Beware
Hey, nobody loves scoring a deal on something more than me! I am bursting with happy little butterflies when I score a discount on something I want. However, I have learned time and again, that with many things (like services) you often get what you pay for. So consider that if a wedding photographer is willing to give you the sun, moon and stars in exchange for your business, then they are probably desperate for it. And if they’re reeking of desperation, you should probably question Why? Wouldn’t you rather work with someone who values what they do?
I’m not suggesting that you don’t try to negotiate on your wedding photography package. If there’s something you want, or a customization that will seal the deal for you, then go for it! But trust those instincts, and if something feels too good to be true….well….
Step 5. The Extra Mile
Still wavering between your top picks? Or maybe you are just the type who is a little less easy to please. This is a big decision, after all! To get the best idea of what your wedding package might actually look like, ask to see a recent, real wedding the photographer has shot. It should come as no surprise that portfolios are a hand picked collection of the best images across tons of different weddings. For peace of mind, a real wedding is a more accurate representation of how your wedding photos might turn out.
If you follow these steps, then you can pack your bags feeling confident that you found the best photographer for your wedding in Mexico. And if you are looking for a professional wedding photographer here in the beautiful Riviera Maya, then contact us here today! We are Fun in the Sun Weddings, your number #1 choice for wedding photography in the Riviera Maya.