(Closed) Choosing between photographers…

posted 6 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 4
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hmm.  I do like the idea of supporting someone who is getting into the business, but I can see the benefit of your other option. 

I’m mostly commenting because you posted this in Baltimore, I’m having the same sort of dilemma, and it’d be nice to hear some advice on this!  Any wiser, married bees want to weigh in??

Post # 5
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Do you want to post links, or send a PM with them?

I struggled between two, and ended up going with the one who was most respectful of my wishes for the day. (Originally wasn’t going to do a first look, and he didn’t give me a hard time about that.) He also had a great blend of artistic photos I wanted, and the formal ones Mom will love. Also helps if the photographer knows your venue.

I think two photographers is almost always better. You have photos from multiple angles, and while photographer #1 is taking family shots, #2 can be in the cocktail hour getting candids, for example.

Post # 6
5075 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

second choice.  I’m a big fan of experience when doing something this important, and I love the two photographers option

Post # 7
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

You might want to add a poll?  Their packages sound pretty similar, so just looking at the details the two main things I would consider are whether or not you and your groom are getting ready in separate locations (then I’d be more inclined to go with the two + intern.. this is even workable though because as I’ve been told, guys take way less time to get ready than girls), and whose style of photos you like best.  The second is the most important (in my opinion).  Just because you can tell the more experienced photographers what kind of photos you want doesn’t necessarily mean they will give you the style that you want.  Based on that, it sounds like you like the first girl better and I’d pick her 🙂

Post # 8
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What are the deliverables? Do you get the same number of photos from each? A photo album?

I picked my photog because I wanted his type A personality. I knew it would be difficult to get all the family photos, so I asked him how he generally handles big groups. He said he would totally control it, and he definitely did. I was very happy with my pictures and the overall experience. So that is also something to consider.

Post # 10
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Have you met with them in person yet? That can make a big difference- if you’re spending 7 hours with someone on your wedding day, your personalities need to mesh.

Post # 12
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Whose photos do you like more? That is more important than what type of business you want to support.

Post # 14
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I would go with option #2. more experience and having 2 photographers for only $300 more than option 1 is a good deal. I had a small wedding, and everyone said you only need 1 photographer for a small wedding, but I beg to differ. Like for walking down the aisle, my photog was positioned up front by the officiant to capture everything from that perspective, which means she wasn’t back with my Maid/Matron of Honor, Dad, and I while we giggled and waited for our cue. I wish I had photos of some of those moments with my Dad, and if we had a 2nd photographer that would have been possible. So I’d definitely go with the option that gives you 2 photographers.

Post # 15
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Marie2013:  I would go with the 2nd photographer, all other things being equal – $300 is a small price to pay for a second shooter & years of experience.  Have you asked both photographers to see a full wedding? I thought that was very helpful in selecting a photographer.

Since you are on the Baltimore board maybe someone on here has experience with one or both of the photographers & can help you out if you provide names/websites.

Post # 16
12893 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d go with option 2.  More experience, more photographers, and the same package deliverables for only $300 more?  Hands down..

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