After you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ll find that using a Bluetooth remote with your phone can be pretty frustrating. Figuring out how to pose, while making sure you can correctly aim the remote, is NOT the easiest thing to do (seriously, this could be a challenge for America’s Next Top Model). So, it’s time for you to find a photographer!
One of the questions we get a lot is, “How do you find a photographer to take photos for your blog?” We’ve shared our tried and true tips below!
1. Search Instagram Hashtags by Location
I’ve found almost all of the photographers I’ve worked with by searching hashtags, specifically by looking at hashtags by geography. For example, when looking for a photographer to work with in Salt Lake City, I’ll use variations like #SLCPhotographer, #UtahPhotographer, #SaltLakePhotographer, etc.
2. Look at Who Other Bloggers Work With
Just like you can search for photographers by location, you can also use the Instagram search function to look for bloggers in your area. You may not write about the same topics, but you can look at the captions (or photo tags, by tapping their photos) to find who took their photo.
Any blogger worth their salt is tagging their photographer!
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3. Search Thumbtack & Yelp
Thumbtack is a website that helps people find contractors and freelancers (and photographers!) to hire. You can post a project and get a variety of bids from professionals. Or, you can use Yelp! to research photographers in your area.
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4. Word of Mouth
Have you ever posted on your Facebook profile and asked for advice or a recommendation? Chances are, you were inundated with recs. People love being in the know, and sharing the work of their friends. Post on Facebook, with a cute image or yourself (#PicForAttention style) and ask for recs!
Along the same lines, you can ALSO post in your Instagram Story, and ask your followers for recommendations as well!
5. Facebook Groups
Search on Facebook (based on the city you want to work in) for groups dedicated to your area. Search things like “Kansas Photographers” or “Bloggers in NYC.” If you haven’t already, be sure to join the SYWB Facebook Group. In there, you can ask for photographer recommendations! Members in there will have the lowdown on what photographers they would (and wouldn’t) recommend!
What other questions do you have about working with a photographer? Should we consider putting together a list of our favorite photogs to work with? Let us know in the comments!
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