Choosing a photographer. Confused? Opinions please!

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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8025 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Squirrelz15:  definitely need the disc/drive. That’s allows you to print them yourself, make albums, upload and share etc. Online gallery is nice but it’s more so for your family and friends to order prints- because you can print your own much cheaper from the disc (which should also come with printing rights)

To answer your question about which, my answer is honestly neither. I wouldn’t pick anyone with multiple negative reviews, nor would I pick anyone whos never used a contract which to me means not a professional. 

Post # 3
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353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

Personally, I’d go with Photographer #1. I think that reviews – good AND bad – are imperative when making vendor decisions. My FI and made a decision to not go with anyone who didn’t have at least 10 reviews, simply because we felt that knowing what to expect was really important and would put our minds at ease. It also allows you to tell the vendor what you’re expecting. I’d also like the idea of P1 having a back up photographer and think a contract is essential! If you go with P2, definitely insist on having her draft one up!

I guess it also depends on just how far over-budget P1 is. If it’s a difference of a few hundred dollars, I know that I would try to cut something else down to be able to afford the best for pictures. You really have to go with your gut on this, though. We searched for ages before agreeing on a photographer that suited our needs. Good luck!

Post # 4
Member
206 posts
Helper bee

you could ask photographer #2 for references to call/email and ask her what her backup plan is if she has an emergency day of. Theres a group for photographers that allow them to contact each other and find if anyone is available last minute to cover their event if there’s an emergency.

I would definitely get the disk and a contract.

Post # 6
Member
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

You can always make a DIY photobooth in the end it’s just as fun and will save you some money on getting an operator/photobooth itself. 

Post # 7
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2566 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would definitely aks photographer number 2 for references.  ALSO!  I have a friend in MN who does wedding photography and he’s super personable.  I would 100% vouche for him if you would like to look him up. [link removed for self-promo]

Personally, I would NEVER go with someone who has a bunch of bad reviews on top of good ones.  It’s like flipping a coin!  It’s likely she’ll be on her best behavior if you’re paying up the wazoo for her.

Post # 8
Hostess
9908 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Squirrelz15:  I’d go with #1.  Contract HUGE , Disc = must have, Backup photog – major peace of mind.

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