Use Google maps to see what portrait photographers are based, or cover your local area. It’s a great way to see what other people have said about them in their client reviews, with links to their websites, opening hours and contact details too.
Use search terms that are within your area, (e.g. borough, local town, etc.) . For example “Bexley Portrait Photographers“, “Welling Portrait Photographers” or “Great Portrait Photographer Welling”
If you already have a shortlist of photographers, you can also just enter their business name (not the website URL) into google.com or https://www.google.co.uk/maps to see their ‘google business page profile‘ and references too.
It’s useful to remember testimonials left on independent sites such as google are written direct by the clients; and therefore considered genuine, rather than reviews just written on the photographers website. Check how far back the reviews go too; a photographer that has been in business for a longer period of time can give you an idea how trusted and successful they are.