When it comes to choosing a photographer, the best way to make sure they’re a good fit for you is by checking their reviews. This is the same for any kind of photography with the only notable exception being for weddings. Still check reviews for wedding photographers, but also check platforms like The Knot & Wedding Wire to see some reviews that may not be on a photographer’s Google Business Profile listing.
But what exactly should you be looking for in a photographer’s reviews? And why is it crucial to check multiple review platforms? We’ll break it all down in this post.
First things first, let’s talk about why reviews are so important. Reviews provide social proof that a photographer is skilled, professional, and reliable. They give you an idea of what to expect from the photographer’s work, communication style, and overall experience. Reviews can also alert you to any red flags or issues you should be aware of before booking.
Now, let’s dive into what to look for in a photographer’s reviews. Here are a few key factors to consider:
Quality of Work
The most critical aspect of a photographer’s reviews is usually the quality of their work. Look for reviews that specifically mention the quality of the photos or highlight the photographer’s unique style (both through and behind the lens). If you’re considering a wedding photographer, make sure to look for reviews that specifically mention their ability to capture candid moments, emotions, and details.
A professional photographer should be punctual, responsive, and easy to work with. Look for reviews that mention the photographer’s professionalism, communication skills, and overall demeanor. If you’re considering a wedding photographer, pay attention to reviews that mention the photographer’s ability to work under pressure and handle unexpected situations with grace.
A photographer’s customer service skills can make or break the experience. Look for reviews that mention the photographer’s willingness to go above and beyond, their attention to detail, and their ability to make clients feel comfortable and confident. If you’re considering a wedding photographer, look for reviews that mention the photographer’s ability to work with large groups, manage timelines, and make everyone feel at ease.
Where to Find Reviews?
Google Business Profile reviews provide a snapshot of a photographer’s overall reputation. These reviews are visible when you search for the photographer’s business name on Google. Look for a high overall rating and a significant number of reviews. Make sure to read the reviews carefully and look for patterns or themes that emerge.
Here’s an example of one of our reviews as an example of what to look for.
The Knot and WeddingWire are two of the most popular wedding planning websites, and they have extensive directories of wedding photographers. They can be valuable troves of insight into wedding photographers’ history and performance. Make sure to read the reviews carefully and look for details about the photographer’s work, communication style, and customer service.
In conclusion, choosing the right photographer is a big decision. Reviews are an essential tool for evaluating a photographer’s work, professionalism, and customer service. When checking reviews, make sure to look for patterns or themes, and pay attention to the quality and reliability of the photographer. And while it would be great if the photographer you choose has no bad reviews, sometimes it’s unavoidable. They’re human and sometimes mistakes are made. See how they responded to the negative review to get an idea of whether it may be a problem for your session as well.
By being informed and thorough in your research, you can ensure that you find a photographer who will capture beautiful, lasting memories for you. Happy researching!