Post # 1
I know there are quite a few threads already on photography/what to ask etc. but I couldn’t find any that really answered my questions..
We’re about to book in our photographer and i’ve found a fantastic couple who I get a really great vibe from. They’re young, fun and have a great range of work (including weddings) and I particularly love their style. They have a great website and sound very proffesional but also not stuffy which is good for us! They’re also graphic designers so I think they’re the perfect fit for what we want!
I am nervous however about locking someone in and committing to paying all that money! (this is not at all a reflection on how I feel about them, I’d feel this way about any photographer!)
I’d love to know what other bees loved about their photographer (or what you didn’t / what I should be wary of!) and your top, most important questions to run by them before paying a deposit!
Thanks in advance 😉
Post # 3
@Miss_E_xx: We’re ecstatic about our photographers. They are technically and artistically superb, well organized, thorough and polite. The questions we would have had were answered in depth on their web site. We did meet with them in person before giving a deposit (at their request) which gave us all the confidence that we could work well together.
Have you met your prospective photographers in person? That might help, or perhaps do a portrait or engagement shoot?
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Christmas Tree Farm
We loved our photographer! We found her based on recommendations from friends who hired her for their weddings. She had an incredible portfolio and she was 1/3 the cost of the next cheapest photographer we could find. We got so lucky to find her. Our photography cost was one of my proudest budget figures.
Plus, when we went to her house to look at the photos, she made us quesadillas. Haha.
Post # 5
@Miss_E_xx: We were the same about our photographer. My FI in particular was really worried about the price. But as I said to him, when you think about it, once the days all gone and over, apart from the dress and rings, photos are the only things you have left from the wedding! And when you consider our specific photographer: they edit every single photo, we get an engagement shoot, and we also get 2 hardcover 100page albums, one 45cmx60cm canvas print and 3 copies on cd of all our photos.
It does seem like a lot, but I think you cant put a price on the wonderful photos and memories from your wedding day. And by the sounds of it, you have a great photographer!
Post # 6
Our photographer is our favorite vendor. We have a creepily ridiculous amount of stuff in common with him. When he immigrated to the US he moved into the apartment complex next door to the one we live in. Now he lives 10 minutes from my parent’s house over 300 miles away in another state. He got his masters at the university my FI attended and his son is currently attending my alma mater. When he came to visit his son last fall he took our engagement photos in the park he proposed to his wife in. We even have the same number of the same kind of pets. I think we were incredibly lucky to randomly find him on the internet.
It’s really clear that he loves what he does and he alters his style to fit his client’s preferences. He had one wedding on his website that was very similar to ours and exactly the style of photos we want which made it super easy for us to point to it and say this is what we want. I think the most important thing is to feel comfortable with your photographer as a person because comfort or lack thereof can be really obvious in your photos.
Post # 7
@Miss_E_xx: We LOVE ours…very similar to the reasons you like yours. They do a lot of natural photography vs. posed/portrait type and incorporate lots of nature and natural beauty. It’s very artistic and not at all stuffy! They also are a young couple who are modern and hip.
I really looked for signs as we went through the process that they are reliable and professional…which you can often tell quickly. I could tell they were good because they responded to emails very quickly, were reliable, wanted to meet, and share lots of samples and information. We found them at a wedding show and they had a very impressive booth with lots of samples. They clearly think about the detail and are wonderful in presentation. We met in person and they were willing to answer questions. Our big ones were about price — if they were willing to negotiate becuase it is a little costly for the area but TOTALLY worth it for us because it’s our #1 priority in our budget wedding. They also had a clause in the contract that you can’t have other photographers so we asked what that meant — it was what we thought that we can’t have a contract with another photographer but our friends and family taking photos is fine.
It is hard to pull the trigger on a big purchase, but like you said you’d have that feeling no matter the photographer. We didn’t have an issue with it because they have a huge abundance of samples (which speaks to their popularity and being so great!). Also, no one else even came close to their work so we pulled the trigger ASAP so we could have them book our date before someone else scooped them up for our date. So if you really like yours, I’d do the same 🙂
Post # 8
Yes! First of all, her website had amazing pictures and was well organized and up to date. Our email correspondence after I contacted her was quick and well written, and she seemed nice. When we met in person I just liked her automatically. She proved me right when I saw how great our engagement pictures were, and the teasers we’ve seen from the wedding so far are also awesome. I couldn’t be happier with her!
Post # 9
@Astra: Thanks for the tips! Haven’t met in person as they live quite a few hours away but we’ve had quite a bit of correspondence and they sound fabulous, they also said that should we book them they’ll absolutely come down to meet with us before the wedding so we can get to know eachother a bit better and chat about how we want the day to go, so I think that’s a good sign! My FI hates too many photos so it could be a struggle to convince him to do an extra shoot haha
@AccioShoes: Haha love it! That’s definitely a good sign 😉
@Sunbeam-bride: Totally agree with you! Photography is SO important to me/us, I feel like the day will go really quickly and I want lots of beautiful photos to look back on! I’m more than happy spending the money.. so long as we get good pics in return! I think that will be the case with these people 🙂
@Eckle: Yea that’s how I feel with these photographers! I think the feel/vibe you get is really important – i’ve been in touch with quite a few now and these guys really stood out! They seem really fun/friendly so I think they’ll be great to work with, which like you said is so important esepcially seeing as you spend so much of your day with them!
@Skittles131: They sound great! We’re a fairly young couple (mid-late twenties) and my FI in particular hates really posed photos so I think a young, fun, arty couple is the way to go! And yes I totally agree, feel/vibe is very important! I generally have a good instinct for that kind of thing so I think I can trust myself! Photography is just so important to me I really want it to be great!
Post # 10
@Miss_E_xx: if u love them, book them. You would hate to wait and then be dissapointed if they are booked by someone else. My photographer was the first person i booked. She is a good friend but i know how beautiful her work is and low and behold shortly after she told me 3 others inquired.
they are telling your story, if you have a connection you story will seem that much better 🙂
Post # 11
@Pinkmoon: That’s so good to hear! These people are very similar, great website plus their facebook/instagram are updated regularly with new photos and the comments from other couples on their photos that have been posted are all really positive! They’ve also been really quick with getting back to us which to me is a great sign of proffesionalism!
Post # 12
@mindy_pindy: So true! I actually was just thinking about how dissapointed I’d be if I waited and they were booked by someone else!
Thanks Bees! you’ve been a great help! Very reassuring 😉 xx
Post # 13
@Miss_E_xx: for us it was so important that we got a good vibe from our photographer too! we wanted someone who offered everything we needed (decent coverage, assistant photographer, photobooth, natural candid photos not too posey) plus someone that we get along with and trust. Not to mention reasonably priced! Our photographer was really quick in replying to us, came and had coffee with us, was super relaxed and was really incredibly lovely. The right type of shooting style was also really important for us, and her portfolio (i looked through so many eek!) was great.
Post # 14
@joanne150406: So true, i’m happy to see so many bee’s agree on that as being really important! I was worried i’d get a tonne of replies with horror stories about people not reading contracts properly or forgetting to ask certain details and getting totally screwed over! Hopefully that’s very rare.. I love the sound of these guys so I really want it to work out!