(Closed) Have looked at over 60 photographer websites–we only liked ONE

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Post # 3
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

All photographers take photos of the couple, their families, and the guests. On their blogs, they usually focus on artistic photos of things like small details of the day. That doesn’t mean those are the only photos they take, it just means those are the ones other people are most interested in. I bet if you meet with a good photographer and look at their full portfolio and a complete wedding shoot, you will see that most of the photos are of the people at the wedding.

Post # 4
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@jsanford:  Photographer’s create blog posts to attract future clients.  Most brides love photos of details, like their flowers shoes, etc.  So you see that sort of stuff.  While we love little details like that (most people put a lot of time and money into it), I think I can speak for most photographers when I say that an all photojournalistic wedding sounds wonderful.  IF and that’s a huge IF your family and guests actually let them be completely photojournalistic.  Ironically it seems for us that the weddings where the clients stress how much they love “real” moments tend to be the biggest photojournalistic buzzkills.  As soon as the couple sees the camera raised they immediately pose and fake smile, guests pose and fake smile, guests stop and tell you what to take a photo of, etc.  I bet if you emailed any photographer and told them you wanted them to shoot an all candid event they’d be all over it.  Just realize that most of what you see on blogs isn’t like that because even if that’s all the clients want, the guests and family members don’t get it.

As far as the infant photography thing, I’d be less concerned that they are going to take photos of just the kids all day than I would be that they aren’t dedicated wedding photographers.  Infants and weddings are night and day.

Post # 5
739 posts
Busy bee

I show/shoot a LOT of details artsy posed shots because that’s what most my clients want. I have a background in photojournalism to I was excited for the chance to go fully PJ. I had one bride a few years ago stress how much she wanted an all PJ and then got a nasty letter after from her mom stating I’m a horrible photographer because I didn’t capture portraits of so and so, etc. Make sure this is what you {and your family} really wants.

Going from there check out the http://www.wpja.com/ website. These are photographers who specialize in photojournalistic wedding photography.

Post # 6
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

How are you finding the names for photographers? I started on weddingwire and filtered by the number of reviews. I eliminated photographers who had a bad average rating or a great average rating with too many individual bad reviews. Some photographers I  kept on the list because it seemed like the person writing the review was being unreasonable. I actually found our photographer on here from a month twin (ps we’re date twins!) who recommended hers based on his pricing. Once I liked someone based on their reviews I double checked their policies (some photographers don’t give full rights), the pictures on their website/blog (I only eliminated people who had bad photos, not missing ones) and finally I emailed them for a quote and to check availability. A lot of photographers were overbudget (thanks NJ) but were willing to work with me to create a package that was in or closer to my budget. If I liked their pricing or felt like I could haggle it down (usually by asking for one photographer instead of two, fewer hours, no albums just a DVD with rights) I would ask to see a full wedding.

Most photographers don’t post a full wedding but allow clients to order images from an online posting. They post pretty much every single shot that they consider printworthy (they eliminate duplicates, things that are out of focus, bad shots ect.) which is a ton of photos. I get bored looking through them because I honestly don’t care about the bride (because I don’t know her), her friends, her family, the groom ect. Even nonphotojournalistic photographers take so many candid shots that I am bored. I would look back at the photographers you’ve eliminated just because they didn’t have enough candid shots in their portfolio. If they are on budget and have good reviews, email them and ask to see a full wedding. Most can accomodate this request online by offering you the username and password needed to order photos from a recent wedding. (I haven’t even met my photographer in person because I’m planning long distance and I’m not going to fly home to visit vendors. I eliminated photographers who would only deal with me in person.) When you look through the full wedding be a little forgiving. Not every shot will be over the top amazing, even with a high quality photographer. Make sure the majority of the photos look like something you would print if you actually knew/cared about the person in the photo.

If they meet those conditions (price, you like most of the photos, good reviews) then you can put them on a list for later comparison. I looked at about 40 photographers and narrowed it down to 6 that way. I’m surprised I had so many contenders because of my budget. Then you can pick your favorite from the list.

Post # 7
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You may find a broader range of photos when you interview your photographers and see an entire wedding album.

For ex: ours has that great photojournalistic style, but we knew we also needed the portrait/family photos. His portraits are amazing, but they’re not his favorite shots, so he doesn’t highlight them on his web site.

I found our photographer from another Bee, and interviewed a couple that I met at a wedding expo- if you have one coming up in your area, I’d recommend going- it also helped to talk to photographers (albeit briefly) in person.

Post # 8
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

If you look at a full wedding album you would see very little details and photos of mostly people. maybe 5%-10% is going to be detail photos.. I love detail shots but its only a small part of the day, most of what they get are all formals and people. Formals are just standard even for a full PJ or documentary style photographer. Very few people dont want formals.

The details Are part of your wedding, many brides work real hard on decor, finding the perfect jewelry, shoes, and dress.. many that do DIY do it with friends and family so there are memories attached to those details aside from the big day. We document Everything.

If you dont want any detail shots tell them you dont. Very few do not want detail shots, you’re in the minority.

I personally have never taken the bride with her head cut of shot. lol

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