Let me get this out of the way; I am a photographer living in East Grinstead, England. However, I can still give impartial suggestions for hiring a photographer. In fact, I can probably give you great advice, simply because I know a lot of them. East Grinstead and West Sussex are flooded with photographers. Mostly, wedding photographers. Each one of them, including me, work very hard to attract your business. And each one of us is good at different things. There are some that are brilliant at weddings, but aren’t so good at family portraits. There are some, like me, who are better at food photography and not as good at weddings. Hey, I can admit it. There are much better wedding photographers than me. But it’s all about what you want.
So how do you choose a photographer in East Grinstead?
First, look in the RH19 handbook. This is a local directory for the area and lists many of the photographers.
Second, look in other local magazines and flyers for discounts from photographers. The East Grinstead Handbook is a good place to start. In this economy especially, everyone is discounting their service. Instead of booking a photographer based on their popularity, try and choose one who is building up their business. This will ensure you get the best bang for buck. And the E.G. Handbook will list many that are just starting out professionally.
Third, do an internet search for photographers in East Grinstead. Google Places lists them all very plainly. Visit each of their websites and choose one that fits your budget and can deliver what you want.
Finally, if you’re getting married, check with the venues in the area. The Ashdown Park Hotel, Gravetye Manor, Felbridge Hotel, etc. will all have a list of the photographers they use in this area.
If a photographer can capture what you need them to, go with them. Don’t go with one just based on the fact that they’re booked all the time, or are hard to get. This seldom means you’re getting the best. And you’ll pay for it later when you get the bill.
My favorite photographer in East Grinstead is Samantha Wordie. She has done a great job building up her portfolio, which now includes a fantastic number of weddings.