Finding a great photographer can be an absolute game-changer. Whether you're booking a corporate portrait or looking for a wedding photographer for your big day, the right photographer will capture those special moments perfectly for you to look back on in years to come.
Maybe you’re looking for a commercial or product photographer for your brand’s website and advertising. Choosing the best photographer for your photoshoot will make a massive difference to the quality of your photos and their impact on your customers.
But finding the perfect photographer is no easy feat.
Years ago, before the internet (remember that?!), if you were looking for a professional photographer, you'd be limited to very local photographers. You'd get recommendations from friends and scour photographer directories, trying to find some different options. In short, you had a pretty limited choice.
Nowadays, you've got so many choices that it's difficult to know where to start. The number of options you've got can be dizzying, and it's easy to get a bit overwhelmed.
Luckily, you're in the right place.
In this guide, we've put together the best places to find photographers online and taken a closer look at the pros and cons of the different platforms. We've also included some tips and tricks on narrowing your search and finding photography services that match your criteria. By the end of this, you'll be able to find the best photographers as quickly as you can say "cheese".
We're including a few quick links to professional photographers in popular UK locations. You can narrow down to specific photography types on each page.
Before we get stuck into the different platforms, it's important to note that this list isn't every single platform out there (that would be absolutely massive). Instead, we've put together the best and easiest places to find photographers.
Let's get stuck in.
Let’s kick things off with Google because, let’s face it, it’s where we all start anything. The almighty ruler of search engines has a record of almost every professional photographer with a website. So it’s no surprise that Google is a good starting if you’re looking for a professional photographer. It’s a simple, straightforward way to get started.
Search tip: Keywords are your secret weapon here. Professional photographers will optimise their websites for certain keywords, so get specific with your searches. Looking for a photographer in a certain place – search “photographer in [location]”. The more specific you are, the better the results.
Next up is Instagram, everyone’s favourite photo-based social media platform (for now). IG is a quality resource if you’re looking for a photographer, as you get the chance to see loads of examples of their work. It’s easy to use and a great way to look at a photographer’s latest work.
Search tip: Just like Google, to become an IG search pro, you need to speak its language, i.e. hashtags. Most photographers on IG will tag their posts with their photography style and location. Use that to your advantage and try searching for things like #eventphotography[location] or #portraitphotographer[location].
We know, we know, nobody cool uses Facebook anymore. But bear with us. Facebook is still the most used social media platform in the world. While most of it is people sharing pet videos and questionable political views, it’s got its uses. One of those uses is finding local photographers. Facebook can be a great way to connect with a local photographer or get recommendations from communities.
Search tip: Don’t be too quick to dismiss the local community on Facebook, as it can be a goldmine for great recommendations. It can also be a good tool for getting personal recommendations when you’re researching photographers you’ve found on other platforms.
Let’s switch things up a bit and head over to Hitched. Hitched is a directory website that’s specifically designed to help you plan your wedding. It’s a fantastic place to find anything you want for your wedding, from venues and jewellery to, you guessed it, wedding photographers. It’s an easy platform to use and one of the most popular wedding planning websites globally.
Search tip: Two tips for the price of one here. Tip #1: If you’re not planning a wedding, use other platforms. Tip #2: make the most of their search and filtering tool. Narrow down your search by photography style, price range and location.
Next, let's talk about the Association of Photographers (AOP). It's a directory filled with vetted professional photographers. You can search through the directory with a range of filters, including specialism, awards, location and more. Members pay a yearly fee for their listing, and there are hundreds of photographers listed.
Search tip: If you’re planning on using the AOP site, try to narrow down the type of photographer you’re looking for so that you can search directly for that style. If you’re unsure of what a certain photography specialism is, do a quick Google and see if it suits your needs.
Now, let's consider Bark, the platform that allows you to sit back and let the professionals send you quotes. Instead of spending time choosing a photographer, you fill out a quick form, and photographers pitch their services to you. The form lets you choose the type of photographer you need, the format you need the photos in and the date that you need a photographer.
Search tip: If you choose to use Bark, make sure you’re specific with your requests. This can be tricky as the form is fairly limited, but it is possible. The more detailed you are, the better the responses should be. It’s also worth using the platform as early as possible so you can get a wider range of quotes.
Next up is yours truly, Photographerforhire.co.uk. We’re a UK-based platform built specifically to help people like you find professional photographers that match up with your requirements.
Our platform is designed to give you a more hands-on approach to finding a photographer near you or any location. We also cover filters to search for certain types of photographers, like product photographers or portrait photographers. As you go through the results, you’ll be able to view sample photos, price indicators and more information on each photographer’s page.
Search tip: Photographer for Hire makes searching easy and visual. Try to be specific and use the filtering options. When you find a photographer that you’d like to contact, give them clear information about the photoshoot and the result that you want to achieve.
Last but certainly not least, we have good old-fashioned word of mouth. A personal recommendation from someone you trust is great, but you won’t always have someone who can recommend the exact photographer you’re looking for and has similar taste to you.
Search tip: You can’t do much more than ask friends, family and colleagues for recommendations with this method. But when you do get a recommendation, see if you can see some of their photos. That way, you’ll know if they’re right for the job right off the bat.
So there you have it, your complete guide to searching and finding photographers online. There are plenty of options, but hopefully, now you’ve got a better idea of where to start.
You're probably not alone if you’re still feeling a bit lost. Before you start your search, one of the best things to do is to define the type of photographer you’re looking for. That way, when you start looking at photographers, you’ll be more focused.
Here’s a quick and easy-to-follow guide to narrow your search:
And that's a wrap! With these resources at your fingertips, you're well on your way to finding a top photographer to capture your ideas through photography. So go ahead, enjoy your search, get inspired by the world of photography and good luck with your photo shoot.