Cheap wedding photographers that are good can be difficult to find!
Weddings are one of those special occasions we all want to preserve perfectly forever so we hire photographers to do that for us.
But photographers can be quite expensive and if you’re already on a tight budget you may need to find some ways to trim the corners. Here are some suggestions on how to find someone cheaper for your big day.
In the past, most people would look in their local phone books or yellow pages to find available photographers. But those ads and placements cost money and those costs get passed onto you.
Instead, you may want to turn to the Internet. Sites like Craigslist and Gumtree (a UK based online classified site) can connect you with dozens of cheap wedding photographers in your local area. You can easily contact them for samples, rates, and more.
I also love using Twitter to find photographers just starting out. Do a search for photographer and your area, you may be surprised how many there are.
Also don't just stick with wedding photographers, local papers and online communities may just have the perfect photographer for you.
Another idea is to check out the wedding forums online. You can do a search and find a number of them.
Through these forums, you can talk to other couples, including some around your location, who might be able to recommend some cheap photographers who don’t charge a fortune but who still do a professional job. Be careful though – some of the recommendations might be thinly veiled advertisements.
I also share the free wedding photographers I find on my facebook page. Pop along and say hi.
If you don’t feel comfortable turning to the Internet for help finding cheap photographers, another option is to contact colleges and universities in your area. If they have courses in photography, you could ask to hire a couple of the students to shoot your wedding. They could use the shots in their portfolio and add the experience to their resume while also getting a referral for future work. You could get a great day of photography for a lot less than you would pay to hire a seasoned professional.
Do you know someone who is good at photography? Do you have a friend or family member who is a retired photographer? Could someone you know hook you up with a photographer for a discount? You might be surprised at the connections you have to people in the field already. These connections could get you the photography you want at an affordable price.
While using the above methods of locating a cheap wedding photographer is a good idea, you want to take a few precautions before closing the deal. Just because you’re on a budget that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a good value for your money. Here are some pointers:
By looking in the suggested places and by following these last tips, you’ll be able to hire cheap wedding photographers for your big event without noticing a difference in the quality of the results.