Post # 1
So I think I have narrowed it down to two photographers. I really like both thier work.
Photographer 1: has more experience and a written contract. They have a back up photographer available, basically one does the shooting and the other is on call. They also said if we wanted a second photographer but couldn’t afford it they can usually find a student for free, so thats an option. The thing is, unless I cut either the disk of images or engagement shoot this photog is a little over budget though I did get the OK from FI to do so if needed. I am being more stickler about the budget than he is. My other concern is she does have reviews out there that say how hard she is to get ahold of and that she often takes much longer than her contracted time to get you the photos. Her reviews are either great or terrible, nothing in between.
photographer 2: is newer but has a ton of talent and is within budget and get the disk of photos and an engagement shoot. My concerns are that she doesn’t have A contract written up though she did say that we could do one. There are no reviews out there on her, good or bad. She is more responsive though it seems. She doesn’t have a back up photographer that I know of though (i know a lot don’t, but still).
What would you ladies do? How important is that disk when you have the online gallery you can order from? The one photog charges 400 for the disk, and you can order a lot of pictures for that price. If i took the disk off that would bring her under budget. I am just not sure what to do here. I have been doing a lot of looking and these two are amazing and mostly within budget. The others I have found are ok, and within budget, but a lot of thier pictures look so-so to me. What would you ladies do?
Post # 2
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
- 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
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 # 5
MrsBuesleBee: liameowchelle: amstudent1: Thank you for all your opinions! They definitely are helpful. Photog 1 is only about 250 over budget. Which I managed to save because I got my dress for way under budget. But FI really wants a photobooth at our reception (I think it would be fun), but I just don’t see any way to make that work with our budget too so I was hoping to put that money from the dress toward that. I am definitely torn because of the bad reviews, although all those reviews are at least a year old. Such a tough call.
Post # 6
- 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
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
Squirrelz15: I’d go with #1. Contract HUGE , Disc = must have, Backup photog – major peace of mind.
Post # 9
damarajade: thank you! I will definitely look into him. The reviews are what makes me really hesitant.
Thank you for all your opinions. I suppose I will maybe keep looking as neither of these sound like the greatest options.