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The Ultimate Instagram Hashtag Guide for Wedding Photographers

May 29, 2017 | carrie

Photos by (from top left to bottom right): Anni Graham, Vicky BaumannAnni GrahamAnni Graham, and Isaiah + Taylor

Hashtags are important when it comes to growing your following on Instagram. However, with the hundreds of thousands of hashtags in existence, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which tags to use when you post. Today, we’re sharing over 150 wedding photography hashtags, as well as how to figure out which hashtags will amplify your post best. We’re pretty confident you’ll be a hashtag hero after reading this guide!

Basic Rules for Hashtags

  • You can use up to 30 hashtags on a post; however, remember that quality is better than quantity!
  • Place the hashtags in a comment underneath your caption – this will make your post look clean and less spammy. Here’s an example:

  • Mix it up! Try out different hashtags until you find the ones that work for you!

In order to figure out which hashtags you should be using, ask yourself the following questions!

Where are you?

Are you in #austin? Are you shooting an #austinwedding? I’m not going to list out all of the hashtags for every single region in the world, but you can use these as potential templates:

#[insert region name here]wedding
#[insert region name here]elopement
#[insert region name here]engagement
#[insert region name here]proposal
#[insert region name here]photographer
#[insert region name here]weddingphotographer

What Are You Posting?

Describe what you’re posting! If you’re sharing a photo of a bridal portrait, be sure to describe that in your hashtags. Here’s a list of descriptive hashtags to use:

#destinationwedding
#adventuresession
#destinationwedding
#adventuresession
#indiewedding
#intimatewedding
#elopementphotographer
#helloelopement
#hippiebride
#bohoinspiration
#destinationweddingphotographer
#bohobride
#bohowedding
#hippiewedding
#samesexwedding
#loveislove
#elopement
#adventurouswedding
#adventureelopement
#mountainwedding
#indiebride
#adventuresession
#couplesession
#coupleshoot
#engagementshoot
#indiebride
#bridetrends
#weddingphotography
#weddingphotographer
#bridesmaid
#weddingflowers
#weddinghair
#weddinginspiration
#weddingdecor
#weddingseason
#weddingphotos
#fineartwedding
#fineartphotography
#creativewedding
#bride
#brideandgroom
#groom
#realwedding
#weddingideas
#weddingshoes
#weddingfashion
#vintagewedding
#modernwedding
#rusticwedding
#weddingdetails
#weddingpictures
#luxurywedding
#gettingready
#weddingreception
#weddingceremony
#weddingexit
#weddingexitideas
#weddingexitinspiration
#weddingmakeupinspiration
#weddingflowerinspiration
#weddinginviteinspiration
#weddingbouquet
#weddingflowers

Who Do You Want to See This Post?

Hashtags give like-minded people the ability to group together and share things that they love. There are tons of niche photographer group-based hashtags that you can use to get your work seen by people who appreciate your style/philosophy/subject. Here are just a few:

#loveintentionally
#makeadventure
#visualcoop
#loveauthentic
#filmpalette
#littlethingstheory
#adventurealways
#portraitcollective
#chasinglight
#makemoments
#momentsovermountains
#elopementcollective
#agameoftones
#exploretocreate
#letsgosomewhere
#togetherweroam
#vscowedding
#vscomood
#socality
#firstsandlasts
#ig_masterpiece
#ig_exquisite
#ig_shotz
#global_hotshotz
#suberhubs
#main_vision
#master_shots
#exclusive_shots
#hubs_united
#jaw_dropping_shotz
#worldshotz
#theworldshotz
#pixel_ig
#photographyislife
#photographysouls
#photographyeveryday
#photographylover
#worldbestgram
#iglobal_photographers
#ig_great_pics
#ig_myshot
#shotwithlove
#justgoshoot
#xposuremag
#icatching
#collectivelycreate
#wanderlust
#heatercentral
#highsnobiety
#shotzdelight
#portraits
#portrait
#portraitcollective
#pursuitofportraits
#portraits_ig
#portraiture
#expofilm3k
#portrait_perfection
#portraitstyles_gf
#snowisblack
#portraits_universe
#featurepalette
#bleachmyfilm
#portraitmood
#rsa_portraits
#makeportraits
#profile_vision
#top_portraits
#life_portraits
#postthepeople
#peoplescreatives
#quietthechaos
#2instagood
#way2ill
#artofvisuals
#visualsoflife
#I0tsabraids
#ftwotw
#igPodium_portraits
#ftmedd

Who Do You Want to Share Your Work?

Don’t forget that your favorite brands and publications are on Instagram and they might be interested in sharing your work! Here is a list of hashtags for popular feature accounts:
#junebugweddings
#photobugcommunity
#elopementcollective
#vscocam
#risingtidesociety
#heyheyhellomay
#fpme
#wedphotoinspiration
#thatsdarling
#ftmedd
#lookslikefilm
#magnoliarouge
#greenweddingshoes
#dirtybootsandmessyhair
#theknot
#fearlessphotographer
#radlovestories
#utterlyengaged
#weddinglegends
#belovedstories
#gws
#huffpostweddings
#huffpostido
#clickinmoms
#sisterphotogs
#magnoliarouge
#stylemepretty
#smpweddings
#buzzfeedweddings
#loverly
#kinfolk
#rfwppi
#natgeoinspires

*just a side note: some of these publications are only based on Instagram!

And finally … don’t forget to use the couple’s wedding hashtag. Such an easy way to get your work in front of wedding guests and to get your couple excited about their photos!

A few hashtag pro-tips from our team

  • If you have your hashtags saved in your Notes app for easy copying-and-pasting, be sure to check the spelling of each one! No one likes discovering that they’ve been hashtagging #bogobride instead of #bohobride for weeks!
  • Be sure to change those hashtags up every once and awhile, as Instagram may decide to stop showing your images in tags that you use too frequently.
  • Remember to tailor your hashtags to each individual post. Your engagement photos should have different hashtags from your wedding photos which should have different hashtags from your travel photos.
  • If you’re looking for even more hashtags, see which ones your favorite Instagrammers or popular accounts in your niche or targeted region use on their posts. You can also check out Display Purposes, which is a great tool for finding relevant hashtags.
  • Use a mix of popular and up-and-coming hashtags. It’s obviously more difficult to get one of the coveted top nine spots in an extremely saturated hashtag, and you never know who may be checking out one of your hashtags with fewer posts to compete with!

Looking for more ways to kill it at Instagram? Check out this month’s edition of Instagrammers to Follow.

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4 Comments

  1. This article is gold! And yes, nothing is worse than finding a misspelled hashtag.

  2. This is sooo helpful. Thank you!

  3. Most of the people use hash tags unknowingly, or without knowing any objective behind that. They just go after the trends that are seen in the media. But through your post, we actually get to know how to use those hash tags. It’s useful for everyone from social media person to professional photographers.

  4. Absolutely great advice!

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