Post # 1
So, a few months ago I met a photographer at a wedding fair who I quite liked. He was available for my date and willing to accommodate my low budget, so I booked him and paid the deposit. However, the more i look at his work, the more I’m concerned that I’ve made a hasty decision. i think he’s creative and I like his work, but his photos have that sort of filtered, vintage look. I like that, but I think long term I’d be happier with a more natural, classic look that won’t date. He also doesn’t belong to any photography guilds and I’d have to pay for his travel, so those are slightly lesser but still important considerations.
So, I’ve found a couple of other photographers. I quite like the one at the second link below, but for my budget I would only have him for four hours. I know he has some photos with colour highlights and things, but he has assured me that he would only do that kind of thing if I wanted it. I would have the photographer at the third link for six hours, leaving when we sit down for the wedding breakfast, and the original photographer for the full day. To put things in context, the ceremony is at one and the wedding breakfast is at three, so I’d have thought four hours would be enough to get a few photos of the preparation, ceremony, family and guests enjoying themselves. But now I’m not sure how to choose.
I would suggest that we increase the budget a little bit, but I made this big stand to my fiance where I told him that he needed to have more faith in me that I would stay within budget and was conscientious about spending. So I’ve lost a bit of ground there. He is also completely not bothered about photography as long as we have the traditional family photos. I’d probably have more luck if I was saying we needed to increase the budget for more beer or something.
I’d really appreciate feedback on the photographers below. Who would you choose and why? Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
You could still go with the first photographer, that affect is in post editting so just ask him not to apply those color filters afterwards, especiallysince you said you have a small budget and you already paid the deposit. I just think 4 hours will go by a LOT faster than you think and you will not end up haappy with the amount of pictures you get, especially if I understand your timeline correctly.
Post # 4
I think you’re right about four hours going quickly. Fortunately, we can get the deposit back so I’m not too worried about that. But every photo I’ve seen of the first photographer is like that, so that’s what makes me concerned that, even if it’s done in post editing, it’s part of his aesthetic so how do I say that i don’t want it? I clearly should have thought about this before.
Post # 5
I am not a fan of the style of photography that first photographer shoots. The photos are very “street photography” and not really conducive to a wedding. They are also flat and post-processed which makes me worried that he is unable to shoot photos that look great straight out of the camera.
Of the other two I like the second one the best, but I agree with pp that 4 hours isn’t enough. The third photographer looks like a good mix of the two and if you’re up front about what you like that’s who I’d go with, personally.
Post # 6
That muted look is very trendy right now. Definitely not my style at all. I love bright vibrant colors. I would say go with the photographer you want for at least 6 hours, and move money from somewhere else to stay in your budget if you need to. The wedding only lasts one day. Photos (and memories) will last a lifetime.
Post # 7
- Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA
Is the original photographer the first link? That one is by FAR my favorite. I don’t think you will be let down. Those photos are amazing!! I would use him and wouldn’t give it a second thought. Good luck on whoever you choose!
Post # 8
I would definitely go with 6 hours. Here is the US we usually have the photographers at out events 8-10 hours. I had 2 photograhers for 8 hours and I thought that was a sufficient amount of coverage. My personal preference is the 3rd photographer, but go with you what suits you and your style best. Also, meet all the photographers and work with the one you feel the most comfortable with.
Post # 9
Thanks for your thoughts. My dad has suggested I speak with the original photographer to see if he can provide me with some photos that don’t have that style of editing. I hate awkward conversations, but that’s probably less awkward than telling him I don’t want him as my photographer, full stop.
Post # 10
I actually quite like the first one and voted for him in the poll. While he does have a vintage feel, I don’t find it to be overwhelming like some, more journalistic-feeling. After additional thought though, if you don’t like his style it might be better for you to switch. In that case I’d go with #3, who has a lovely aesthetic and very human photos (to me capturing the emotions is the most important thing). I don’t really like #2 very much, seems a bit forced.
Post # 11
The first photographer is by FAR the best, despite your feelings on the filters. I actually think the filters are pretty subtle, and that your wedding (as all weddings do) will look dated at some point, so you may as well go with a style you like!