A picture is worth a thousand words and finding one that speaks to you is the key to finding the right photographer for your event. The first step in looking for a photographer is to decide what type of look you're going for. Different photographers specialize in different styles - portrait, photojournalistic, candid, etc.
Examples of Style:
Erica Lyn (based in Forest Hills, Queens) loves her job and shooting in the photojournalistic or artistic style. Check Erica and her work out on our vendor page!
Above, an example courtesy of Guy Heart Photography and Videography that illustrates a photographer who specializes in manipulating natural and artificial light. The team here does amazing work - check out their listing, too!
Silverfox is the talent behind the above photo - the team there does great work with portraits and photojournalism, but they're really great at adding effects to their shots. Above, a very vintage-style popular with brides. Check their page out!
Once you've decided on what type of photography you like for your event it's easier to focus your search.
A word of mouth reference from someone you know or a trusted source is always a great way to go, so ask your friends and family if they have a photographer that they like.
Another great way to find a trusted photographer is to call around to local party pros, wedding planners, caterers, and similar event businesses and inquire about a recommendation for someone they may work with. With weddings, you'll typically receive recommendations from any one you work with - halls, florists, djs, etc.
Don't be afraid to look online! Most professional photographers have websites that they either post portfolios, recent party or wedding albums they've shot, or informal blogs they update each day with work. If you've seen a photographer's work online and feel that they could capture your event beautifully, see if they are in your area. Even if they aren't in your area, who knows? Maybe you live close enough (or they know some one close by) that would make it feasible for them to consider working your event.
Need a place to start looking online? Our vendor search is super helpful.
A final note, factor in your guest list when hiring a photographer. A 1st birthday party with 50 guests will only usually require one camera at work, while a wedding of 250 will need two or more.
Many photographers have a daily or hourly rate, which may include a certain number of photos or a "package deal," and perhaps you would need to hire their assistant as well depending on the event. Find out what they charge, and if it fits your budget, set up an appointment to meet them and see their portfolio.