(Closed) Experience with photographers who are expanding their portfolio???

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We booked with a photog who is looking to expand from child and nature photography into weddings. She is very professional, very communicative. We have a contract and a pre-wedding meeting to go over timelines and things we want and don’t want. We’re pretty excited about her! Found her on Craigslist.

She is offering 7 hours day-of photography, with all images on a DVD in raw, un-edited format. No prints. This is perfect for us and saved us anywhere from $1000 to $2000!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Well if you decide to go with one of these, ask if they would like to do a free engagement shoot first.  This way you get some sense of their work, work ethic and who they are.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ours has only done 3 weddings total before ours, however we could see his talent for photography and had no issue with that. we are getting all day coverage from 8am-9pm for a fraction of what any other photographers we looked at were, we are also getting a hi res cd with all our photos on it included. We love him!

I felt I made a great decision going with him, when I COULD have went for the more professional, amazing photographer for $10,000

Post # 6
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Worker bee

It’s hit or miss. All of us were building a portfolio at some point, and without people willing to take a chance with us, we wouldn’t have been able to grow and become more experienced.

That being said, Ted always seems right on with his ideas! Setting up a portrait or engagement shoot ahead of time is vital with a wedding photographer, and especially one who is starting. You get to see them in action, see how they think, and if they can react and respond quickly to a changing situation. Since that is what a wedding is (ever changing, edging towards disaster, lol) if you can’t be quick and improvise and still produce a quality shot, you will ultimately fail.

Good luck, and don’t worry, trust your gut and do your homework and you’ll be fine!

Post # 7
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Newbee

I’m one of those ‘trying to expand my portfolio’ photographers…and have offered to do free engagement shoots for couples looking to make sure I can actually take a picture – they meet me, and get 50 free digital engagement pic files…

 Course, I’m also offering three LA area brides free wedding photography too.

As Aleski said, you have to start somewhere.

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/free-no-seriously-free-wedding-photographer-for-your-la-wedding-this-summer

 

Post # 8
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Newbee

I am also one of those wedding photographers just starting out with my own company after second shooting for a couple of photographers for over a year now.  Every amazing photographer started at the bottom at some point so I think taking a chance on someone is great, but you should get to know them and their style and see if you are compatible. Make sure you do engagement photos first to get a feel for their work and style! Good luck to you and congrats on the big day!! – Katelin Wallace 

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