How to find your perfect wedding photographer on Instagram 

How to find a wedding photographer on Instagram
05 June 2018

Instagram is an amazing resource for those trying to find their perfect wedding photographer. As it’s a purely visual medium, it’s the ideal platform for wedding photographers to showcase their skills and portfolios. Soon-to-be-weds who haven’t yet decided on a photographer can browse at will, search by style and/or location, as well as glean tips for other accounts they follow. Here’s more on how to find your perfect wedding photographer on Instagram.

Hashtags for inspiration

Some couples will know exactly what style of wedding and wedding photography they want, even before anyone’s got down on one knee. Others, however, will be looking for inspiration before deciding which route to go. If this is you, search for some general wedding-related hashtags and see what takes your fancy. (You can search for hashtags on Instagram either by clicking on a hashtag in the comments section of a post or searching for it with the search function up top.)

 

It's PRICELESS moments like these that we cherish forever. Here are the happy newly weds Kate and Roger and their beautiful family and friends! MUA: @natasha.moor #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #hongkong #ilovehk #weddingday #beautifulbride #bridalmakeup #engaged #hongkongbride #shesaidyes #luxuryweddings #weddingmoments #beautiful #instagood #instawedding #family #familygoals #cutecouple #portrait_ig #brides #bride #endlessfaces #loveauthentic #candidmoment #portrait_vision #asianwedding #weddingdress #bridalhair #celebration #smile @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @nikonasia @nikonhongkong @wedmegood @bridalguide @theknot @martha_weddings @hongkongtatler @wedmegood @popxo.wedding @junebugweddings @pomegranatekitchenhk @brideandbreakfasthk @katesullivanhk @the_reflex

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I'm always an advocate of ceasing the moment and recently captured this impromptu photo of this BEAUTIFUL bride in Hong Kong! #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bridalphotography #weddingphotography #weddingstory #weddingblog #loveauthentic #couplegoals #destinationweddingphotographer #luxuryweddings #wedding #weddinginspiration #weddingdress #instadress #bride #bridetobe #lovewhatido #portraitpage #instacool #instabride #bravogreatphoto #photography #portraits_universe #portraitmood #honhkongwedding #hongkongphotographer #hongkong #beautiful #ido #hkweddingphoto #hkig @portraits_ig @portraitmood @moodyports @endlessfaces @nikonasia @nikonusa @nikonhongkong @phottix @nikonphotographers @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @asiaweddingnetwork @weddingphotoinsiration @weddingideas @wedmegood @weddinglusts @weddingideas_brides @voguemagazine @bridalguide @bridesmagazine @brides

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Popular non-specific wedding photography-related hashtags include: 

#weddinginspiration

#weddingphotography

#bridalphotography

#weddingphotographer

#weddingstory 

Once you’ve searched through a few of these you’re bound to find plenty of wedding photographers waiting for your call. Those worth their salt will have a link to their website in the bio section of their profile.

And while you're at it, FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM!! @aligphoto!

Hashtags by style

If you know what style of wedding photography you’re after, you can narrow down your search a whole lot more. Search for related hashtags in the same way you would for general wedding inspiration. Photographers who shoot in that style should be tagging their photos accordingly. 

 

LOVE this FUN SHOT of stunning bride @dolly_menghani keeping hydrated on her big day! 😃 Tag your #bridesquad if you have fun wedding photos like this one. #aligphoto @stanzweddings . . . . . . . . . . . #sundayfunday #indian #beautifulbride #indianwedding #shesaidyes #weddingring #luxuryweddings #celebrations #weddingdress #weddinginspiration #mehndi #henna #indianstyle #indiangirl #indianwear #bollywoodfashion #indianbridal #weddinghair #desicouture #desiwedding #asianwedding #indianbride #ootd #destinationweddingphotographer #partytime #rajivkidollhania #weddingfun @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @weddingsutra @indianweddingsmag @indianweddingbuzz @theknot @weddingchicks @bridalaffairind @sabyasachiofficial @bridesofsabyasachi @indian_brides_ig @bridalaffairind @popxo.wedding @rajivchandnani

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Can you guess how many tailors it took to make Charles & Jing's AMAZING Chinese wedding outfits? I'll give you a clue, it's more than you can count on one hand! @mo_hkg #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #hongkong #hkigers #hkwedding #shesaidyes #beautiful #wedding #bride #bridetobe #weddingday #weddingphotography #chinesewedding #weddinginspiration #instawedding #weddingideas #weddingplanning #weddingphoto #weddingtime #instabride #gettingmarried #weddingblog #dreamwedding #weddingphotographer #weddingidea #weddingfun #couplegoals #bigday #nikonasia #loveauthentic @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @asiaweddingnetwork @weddingideas_brides @theknot @junebugweddings @myhkwedding @allaboutweddinghk @hongkong.hk @weddingchicks @nikonasia @nikonhongkong @nikonphotographers @chineseweddingplanner @mo_hkg

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Popular wedding “style” hashtags include:

#indianwedding

#bohowedding

#fairytalewedding

#luxurywedding

Location-specific Hashtags

Nowadays, location seems to matter less and less for many people choosing their wedding photographers. At least half of the jobs I’m booked on are destination weddings. I would definitely advise picking a photographer you love, as opposed to one who’s just in your city, but if the physical location of your snapper is a concern, Instagram can help there too, either by searching for locations or via hashtags.

 

There's something very special about a bride on her wedding day, especially when she's dolled up by @natasha.moor & wearing a @sabyasachiofficial work of art. Here's the beautiful @mirauttam on her big day. #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . Hair: @hermanhairstyle . . Wedding stylist & HK coordinator: @sarasabymashu Bangkok wedding planners: @pinkpalki Designer & Decorator: @dp_designbypa Ent & Music: @deejayraz . . . . . . . . . #indian #weddingday #beautifulbride #bridalmakeup #engaged #indianbride #shesaidyes #luxuryweddings #indianweddingbuzz #indianweddings #weddingmoments #beautiful #instagood #instawedding #sabyasachi #desiwedding #portrait_ig #brides #endlessfaces #portrait_vision #nikonasia #asianwedding #weddingdress #bridesofindia #indianbrides #bridalhair #celebration #bollywoodfashion @bridesofsabyasachi @sabyasachimumbai @sabyasachidelhi @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @weddingsutra @bridalaffairind @nikonasia @nikonhongkong @wedmegood @indianweddingbuzz @weddingz.in @indianweddingsmag @bridalaffairind @bridalguide @theknot @martha_weddings @hongkongtatler @wedmegood @marriottmarquisbkk @marriotthotels @popxo.wedding @junebugweddings

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Wondering how to get the best out of your wedding photographer? Check out my latest BLOG! (link in bio) Here is radiant and newly married @divyakirp and @shaannanik16! Outfit: @gauravguptaofficial MUA: @natasha.moor #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #indian #indianwedding #shesaidyes #luxurywedding #behindthescenes #weddingdress #weddinghair #justmarried #weddingflowers #weddinginspiration #weddingstyle #bollywoodfashion #indianstyle #desiwedding #desi #destinationwedding #weddingphotographer #bridetobe #bridesmaids #brides #ootd #instabride #blog #instablog #partytime #celebrations #bridalstyle #timetoshaadi @bridalaffairind @bridalguide @shangrilamactan @indiagramwedding @weddingsutra @indianweddingbuzz @thebridesofindia @brideandbreakfast @weddingz.in @stanzweddings @innazcommunique

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Simply add your chosen location to a wedding photography hashtag, for example:

#weddingphotographyhk 

#weddingphotographerhk

#weddingshongkong

#hongkongweddings 

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m based in Hong Kong!

Accounts to keep an eye on

Different players in the wedding industry, especially in specific locations, are normally pretty familiar with each other. If there are certain venues, dress designers, makeup artists and wedding blogs you like, therefore, keep an eye on their accounts. They’re bound to give a shout out to wedding photographers they work with every now and again. 

 

There's just something magical about the way Mira & Ravine look at each other, don't you think? Impeccable makeup by @natasha.moor outfit: @manishmalhotra05 @mmalhotraworld Jewels: @butanijewellery . . . . Planning & styling: @sarasabymashu Planned & executed by: @pinkpalki . . . . . . . . . . . . @mirauttam @rmahtani1 #weddingfashion #engaged #candid ​#bridetobe #fairytale #brides #weddingphotography #couplegoals #indian #indianwedding #weddingring #luxuryweddings #celebrations #shaadi #weddinginspiration #swag #styleiswhat #weddingfun #aligphoto #desiwedding #asianwedding #indianbride #happytogether #nikon #destinationwedding #weddinghair #happybride #weddingmakeup #weddingphotographer #planetrara @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @asiaweddingnetwork @weddingphotoinsiration @weddingsutra @theweddingbrigade @theknot @weddingphotoinspiration @weddingz.in @weddingchicks @nikonasia @marriottmarquisbkk @manishmalhotra05 @mmalhotraworld

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How stunning and unique are Jing and Charles’s @bulgariofficial wedding rings!? #aligphoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . #ring💍 #hkigers #hkwedding #shesaidyes #weddingforward #wedding #bride #bridetobe #weddingday #weddingphotography #bridesmaids #weddinginspiration #instawedding #weddingideas #weddingplanning #weddingphoto #weddingtime #instabride #gettingmarried #weddingring #weddingrings #weddingphotographer #weddingidea #weddingfun #hongkong #bigday #destinationweddingphotographer #loveauthentic #nikonasia @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @weddingdresslookbook @asiaweddingnetwork @weddingideas_brides @theknot @junebugweddings @myhkwedding @allaboutweddinghk @weddingchicks @nikonasia @nikonhongkong @nikonphotographers @bulgariofficial @mo_hkg @aligphoto

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For example, I often work with amazing celebrity makeup artist Natasha MoorThe Peninsula Bangkok, Four Seasons HK and Mandarin Oriental HK, as well as dress designers Manish Malhotra and Sabya Sachi. See how the Mutual Appreciation Society works?

Stalk your prey

Once you've found some wedding photographers whose work you like the look off, it's time to get down to some shameless stalking. Watching their accounts and their "Stories" will give you a real insight into how they work and whether or not they'l be a good fit for you. Look out for behind the scenes photos and footage that show their connection (or lack of) to their clients.

 

Photo of the Month -April 2018 can only go to this beautiful couple @asaurora & @shaanbhatia photographed on the helipad of @thepeninsulabangkok MUA: @natasha.moor hair: @hermanhairstyle . . Planners: @magnificenceevents . . . . . . . . . . #indian #behindthescenes #indianwedding #engaged #indianbride #shesaidyes #luxuryweddings #indianweddingbuzz #indianweddings #henna #hennadesign #bangkok #weddingphotographer #preweddingphoto #indianwear #bollywoodfashion #indianbridal #indianfashion #indiancouture #weddingmakeup #bridesmaids #desiwedding #asianwedding #weddingbells #junebugweddings #weddinghair @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @indian_wedding_inspiration @indian_brides_ig @weddingsutra @weddding.styles @weddingz.in @popxo.wedding @brides @brides.of.india @indiagramwedding @bridalaffairind @fearlessphotographerscom @theknot @martha_weddings

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And this is how the previous post was shot at the helipad of the @thepeninsulabangkok @asaurora @shaanbhatia MUA: @natasha.moor hair: @hermanhairstyle Planning & photo by: @magnificenceevents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #indian #behindthescenes #indianwedding #engaged #indianbride #shesaidyes #luxuryweddings #indianweddingbuzz #indianweddings #henna #hennadesign #bangkok #weddingphotographer #preweddingphoto #helicopter #bollywoodfashion #indianbridal #indianfashion #indiancouture #weddingmakeup #bridesmaids #desiwedding #asianwedding #weddingbells #junebugweddings #portrait_ig #portraitmode @weddinginspiration @wedding.photo.inspiration @thebridestory @weddingideas_brides @indianweddingbuzz @asiaweddingnetwork @brideunionhk @weddingchicks @weddingsutra @nikonasia @nikonhongkong @bridalaffairind @weddingz.in @weddingforward @jaiwanida @sumanawla @iso1200magazine

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Finally, if you’re not following me on Instagram already, you can find me at @aligphoto. I don’t just post my wedding snaps, but also all my work from events, fashion shoots, portraits, family shoots and creative projects too.

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