Post # 1
I have finally narrowed my photographer list down to two possibilities…and was hoping you all could offer some advice! Here are the basic differences between the two (the quality of the photos is EXACTLY the same…excellent for both, so I am deciding based off of other factors).
Option 1: single photographer, sweet personality, a bit younger with less experience with speaking to clients but very fun. gorgeous photos and all positive reviews from other brides…price of $2100 with an engagement shoot and 7 hours…also local to the area
Option 2: two photographers (plus maybe an intern), 15 years experience, fun but maybe a little more formal in some aspects, 7 hours and engagement shoot, very peronsable/chatty (obviously has been doing this for a long time and talks easily with clients), $2400
Both are a little more than we originally wanted to spend but we have reallocated some funds to splurge a little. I suppose my dilemma is that I like the fun feel of the first photographer, and I like the idea of supporting someone who is good and just getting into the business (she has done this for only a few years). On the other hand I could be sure to stress to the other photographer that fun shots are very important…and I would also have the bonus of a second photographer and someone who has probably seen every wedding situation in the book.
I suppose we can’t go wrong either way but all thoughts are apprecited. Thanks!
Post # 4
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
- 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
second choice. I’m a big fan of experience when doing something this important, and I love the two photographers option
Post # 7
- 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
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 # 9
Thanks for the input thus far! Both photographers are giving us the same thing in terms of delivarables…a CD or USB with all edited documents. Books etc. would be extra on top of that (the second option does more of this than the first).
As for personalities…they are both great. Option one is a lovely young woman who is a little shy and sounds less experienced when it comes to chatting with clients, but obviously still very capable. Option two was happy to chat with me for an hour on the phone about my wedding, business, etc…obviously has been doing this for a while and had no trouble chewing the fat, so to speak.
I do like the idea of two photographers just becasue it would be nice to see what is going on at the cocktail hour while we are doing family photos etc. Also our venue has two levels–one where there will be dancing and partying and another where it is a bit quieter (nicer for some of the older folks!). This makes me thing two may be better in order to capture the party and other people hanging around the venue which is quite large with lots of outdoor areas. I am hoping that I could ask the photographer in my second option to focus on fun/candid shots…
Keep the suggestions/ideas coming! Thanks!
Post # 10
- 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 # 11
@rebwana: unfortunately no. Our wedding will be in Maryland (where my family is) but we are currently living in Montreal. As such it will probably be a little while before we can get back down to the area, and I find that it is difficult for all of our vendors to have availability the same weekend. I also would love to wait until we have time/money in the next couple of months, but worry about losing the date to someone else. That’s the reason for the phone conversations but I agree–in person would be much better!
Post # 12
Whose photos do you like more? That is more important than what type of business you want to support.
Post # 13
@crayfish: that’s the tough part. I like the photos from both options…one just seems to be a little more formal in some shots (which is not necessarily a bad thing). If I could blend the two styles I think everything would be perfect!
Post # 14
- 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
@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
I’d go with option 2. More experience, more photographers, and the same package deliverables for only $300 more? Hands down..