Anyone hire a new/less experienced photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My photographer’s only been in the biz about a year or so, I wasn’t too concerned.  I loved her portfolio work, and she’s doing our e-photos, so I will really get to see how she works/does.  I think as long as you loved her work, and did some homework to make sure she doesn’t have any negative reviews?

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We did, but we eloped and it was just the two of us. Ours was super economical, gave us all rights for personal use and all photos on a disc.  She delivered more than was expected or agreed upon, was very professional attitude wise, provided a contract, communicated, and spent more time with us than was ever anticipated.  We couldn’t have been happier with our outcome.  Here’s my favorite!

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve been debating on doing that as well.  As long as you like her work and you vibe well with her, it shouldn’t be a problem.  Maybe just keep an eye on what she shoots before yours to make sure you still like her?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My photographer was great, but had little experience with weddings. The day of he was changing lenses a lot, and missed some moments like our first kiss. But I was able to get a picture from a guest of the first kiss… everything else was great, the photos came out amazing, and I was very pleased with his work.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

The things I’d worry about is their inexperience with weddings and if their business is set up properly. Are they insured? Do they know how to run a wedding day. It’s much harder than just taking pictures. Make sure you see at least a few full weddings they have delivered to clients and ask them the hard questions. Do they know how to handle stressed and upset people? Do they know how to help consult with you on your wedding day timeline? Do they know how to light indoors in case of bad weather etc? Lots of considerations 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MaryRachel:  PM me her site and I can let you know if I see red flags that should concern you.

Post # 12
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395 posts
Helper bee

@MaryRachel:  see that scares me. Family photos need to be really well planned an coordinated! You can’t just wing it!

Post # 13
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1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes, I did.  Our photos came out great.  Just make sure you give the photographer a list of family photos that are MUST haves.  Talk to the photographer a lot about scheduling and maybe ask your bridesmaids to help gather the needed people for photos.

Post # 14
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703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

we hired my friend who is just starting out/trying to get a photography business up and running and i thought she did a great job!! i think as long as you are both on the same page with the shots you are looking for (as you would be with an experienced photog.) and communicate properly, all should go well 🙂 and it would help if you could do an engagement shoot- which it looks like you are doing- so it seems like youre on the right track!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was still in art school about to graduate when I had my wedding.  That meant I knew lots of photogs who were recent grads.  We got a great deal from a friend of mine that was just starting out.  I think she did an excellent job.  She only had about 4 weddings on her website when we signed her.  Here are some from our day.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Is there anyway to do a practice run, such as with engagement photos or something? That could give you a good idea of how the wedding day will be.

 

I wanted to use a friend of my mom’s who does photography, but at the time she wasn’t comfortable doing a wedding (she has since done a few), so we ended up finding a different photographer.

In hindsight, I could have offered to let my mom’s friend shoot our wedding as well for some experience, and she may have been able to get some shots that our photographer wasn’t (she was a wonderful photographer, but just one of her, so she physically couldn’t get everything)!

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