(Closed) Fell in love with a photog that is out of my budget…should I just move on?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I didn’t explore too much… but my initial impression is that I like the local photog better. The style is maybe a little more traditional…. but i’m not a fan of the over-saturation thing that seems to be characteristic of the nyc photog. Granted, it is totally a stylistic preference. Regardless… i would not pay an extra 5500 🙂 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it just really depends on how important photography is to you and how much more you like the expensive photographer over the local one.  It’s hard for anyone else to really tell you whether or not this is something that you could / should spend YOUR money on.

I’d weigh the pros and cons of each, think about how much/not so much you liked the photos from your brother’s wedding, compare those to photos from your other photographer, look at you and your FI’s budget and see how feasible saving the money even is, etc.

Personally, I think if you like the style / photos of the local photographer, then you should probably go with that.  It sounds like you’re getting a great deal and you’ve personally seen his work before.  He is right about knowing the area and knowing good, fun, unique, etc spots that the NY photographer won’t.  But if you don’t like his style – don’t settle.  You want to make sure you like your photos since you only get one chance!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

To be honest, I like the local photographer better.

Maybe you can compromise and have the local do the wedding and have the one you love to engagment pictures or couple pictures after the wedding? maybe even boudior since she does those 😉

But, I’m with Corgi..I wouldn’t spend that type of money. And photography is one of my must haves

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I was going to suggest paying for the 2nd photographer yourselves, since your family and FILs are paying for the wedding, but then I read further and saw that you are PhD students.  You are already getting a lot of support-wedding and school/living wise.  Is it really the style of the photos you like, or is it the style of the wedding you like?  If your wedding has a really different laid-back (beachy theme?) I think that a ton of modern artistic type photos might be a little bit strange but can be done.  How soon before the wedding will you be arriving at your destination?  Could the first photographer do some pre-wedding modern-artistic e-type photos of you and FI a day or two before the wedding?  Or could you send some him the link of the other photographer’s work and see what he thinks he can do with the areas he already knows where you will be located?  Do you could maybe work around your dilemma with the first photographer?  Best Wishes.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I like the local photographer better. Just MHO. 🙂

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I didn’t look at either of the photographers’ sites, but based on the financial situation you’ve described, I think you need to stick with the local photographer and move on.  You said yourself that the NYC one is out of your budget.  It’s never a good idea to go into debt over a wedding, especially when you’re both about to go back to school.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

100% Go with Anglica Glass!! It is obvious that photography is important to you. You get one shot at this day. Your photos are your memories of this day and you don’t want to look at your photos and wonder “what if I had hired her?”.  I’ve been following her blog for a while now and her work is a total inspiration to me.  It also sounds like you got a great deal. I probably wouldn’t ask your family to pay for her when they want to pay for someone else, but if you can figure out to do it I would go with who you love. I’m not saying the other guy is not amazingly talented and you wouldn’t be satisfied. But as we all know there is a big difference then being satisfied and totally in love. At least the photos are an investment you will have for the rest of your life.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I really like both photographers, but given your financial situation, I would say go with the local one, hands down. He’s got great style and you know already know he is great to work with (which is so hugely important!0 so you’ll feel comfortable with him. Maybe you could show him some of your favorite shots from the other photographer and see if he’d be willing to try some of those. Most of the photographers I’ve talked to are willing/excited to try something new and to experiment with a new style. I also agree with the other bees that if you love the NYC style, maybe you could do an engagement session or a session after your wedding. 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I really like your local photographer’s work, I think you have an AMAZING deal already! He knows the area, which is awesome. He can guide you to awesome beautiful places & will know the ins/outs of the city. He “clicks” with you & your fam (which is a big plus). His pricing is very good!

Do you love the local one’s work? Or are you looking cause you don’t really like his work?

Have you heard of “trash the dress”? You can see if the NY photographer will do a trash the dress session (this doesn’t mean you destroy/damage your dress & I can explain more if you’d like) with you after your wedding. I bet you could use that $5500 & fly to NY some weekend & do the trash the dress shoot with the NY photog. Or some other type of shoot with them & you’d still have money leftover & a minivacation 🙂

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What I would do is email the NYC photog and explain the situation–that you love her, but she’s out of your budget; is there any way you guys can work out a package that would fit your budget. She might not be able to bargain that much, or even if she does come down it might still be too expensive. But it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Another question is, are you happy with the local photog? You say that he does “the best candids” and he did a great job at your brother’s wedding. But are you excited about having him as YOUR photog?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can also ask the NYC photog for recommendations for photogs who have a similar style but who might be less expensive/have less expensive packages.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not sure where you live, but this is my suggestion:

– go with the local photog for the actual wedding. The pictures are really good, and you are going to be happy with them.

– do a studio session with Glass. Take a trip with FI, bring the dress, and have the artistic session it sounds like you really want. It will be much cheaper, but you’ll still get those amazing shots you are desiring.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you don’t want to ask your parents for the extra money (and that is A LOT of extra), and you can’t afford it yourself, I think that’s your answer right there, regardless of their work.  If you’re not crazy about the local photographer, could you continue looking for a third option?  Photography is one of my top priorities for our wedding, so I totally get the longing you’re feeling, but if you can’t afford her, you can’t afford her.  Wedding photography is important, but not worth going into debt over.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i think the end result will be fantastic either way. most photo’s they have taken before either won’t be taken at yours, or will be captured differently. keep that in mind. your wedding is different, and your photo’s will be too even if you try to acheive the exact same shot 🙂 hope you can figure it out.. tough decision

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