(Closed) Help deciding on a photographer…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Who would you go with?
    #1 : (0 votes)
    #2 : (15 votes)
    100 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

    I voted #2 because he seems to have a better sense of how to capture light well. And yes 7-8 hours is plenty to get everything in.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    If it were me based strictly on the fact that you like #2’s personality better AND I think his photographs are better as well. I would pick #2 in my opinion.

    #1 seems very posed and staged imo.

    #2 has such a wonderful artistic dreamy quality to the pictures that I love.

    What’s the price difference?

    Do you have a venue with start and end time already?
    Try sitting down and backtracking your hours. If you only have 7-8 you will have to decide which part of the day is more important, getting ready vs end of night, etc.
    Or you can try asking #2 if he is willing to let you swap something from the package out for more hours.

    Have you talked to any of their past couples? Reviews?

    Have you seen a full wedding of theirs from start to finish? And not just the pictures on their site and FB? What did you think?

    In regards to the number of pictures. In my opinion quality is better than quality. So year you might get almost tripe the amount from 1 vs 2. But there’s no guarantee out of those 9,000 you will even love a quarter of them.
    BTW you mentioned 2 has a assistant. So is 700-800 pictures just from him or him + assistant. I find it hard to believe two photographers would only give you that little from 7-8 hours.

    GL!

    Post # 8
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I could only view #1’s website because #2 is a FLASH site (BIGGEST PET PEEVE!)  and I’m at work. I will say that #1 has a lot of posed stuff and I HATE the jumping photo, but the one on the site with all the groomsmen looks pretty awesome.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    ah ok. I thought you had already met both and liked #2’s personality in lieu of #1.

    I would say meet with them with your FI first then reaccess. I personally think it’s REALLY important that both you and your FI are comfortable with the photographer.

    We were down to 2 photographers as well at the end. And even though we were both leaning towards the one photographer we met with both for options. At the end we also ended being more comfortable with the one we were both leaning towards.

    And I meant to say quality vs quantity!

    Have you negotiate pricing already? Honestly I will tell #2 straight out that hey it’s down to 2 photographers. I really love your work and style but the other is more within your budget. Is there anything he is willing to do to work with your budget. Say this after the meeting when you check back in.

    When I did this most were willing to cut some $ off the package or let me create a custom package with only things I wanted.

    GL!

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    Definitely go for quality and not quantity!  #2’s skills look better…good use of lighting, angles, and a sucker for details!  Good luck deciding!

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

      I agree with everyone, photographer #2 would be my choice! The website looks more professional, the pictures are clearer, and I just like all of the different shots. The first photographer’s pictures seem fuzzy on the website.

      Also, keep in mind, you will be spending ALL DAY with your photographer. You will want someone you feel comfortable with. It also depends on what types of pictures do you like.

      Also, do the photographers carry liability insurance? What happens if one of them is sick or something happens on the day of your wedding? Do you get two photographers with the first person? I love having two photographers because they can capture different angles of different moments (i.e., the toasts–one can capture the person giving the toast while the other can capture your reaction–priceless!). I also agree with the PP that said to see a wedding album from each person, see it start to finish.

      Good luck!

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    omg #2 is many leagues above #1!  his photos have a certain sophistication and obvious skill behind them that #1 very definitely lacks.  there’s no comparison!  you’ll pay $500 more but what you’ll get back is priceless.  i am not surprised #1 sounds cheesy on the phone, his pics are cheesy and so is his website!  7-8 hours is plenty of time, just manage it well.  does he have an assistant?  I absolutely recommend 2 shooters!  Also, don’t worry about not getting the 4×6’s.  we got those but we haven’t done much with them besides frame a few, but honestly i went and ordered larger prints for the majority of the ones i framed.  seriously, NEVER skimp on photography!  this is the one place NOT to budget.  i agree with the other girls, quality before quantity.

    Post # 13
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    The 2nd one is much better !!!

    Post # 14
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    #1 was a little out of focus- but I am super sensitive to it as a photographer myself.

    Post # 15
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    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    #2 looks like a MUCH superior photographer.  Go with him, and see if he’ll negotiate the price a bit.  8 hours is plenty of time — mine came at 3pm (with 6pm ceremony) and left at 11pm, and gave us about 1000 great photos.  9000 seems absolutely ridiculous, like he doesn’t know how to edit out good ones from bad ones.  Don’t skimp on wedding photos…i think you will be incredible happy with #2!!

     

    Good luck!!

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I couldn’t see #2’s for some reason but #1 seems lack of knowledge of some basics like lighting. It looks like he just picked up a camera and clicked the button totally not what you want to happen on your day. One of my friends/BM is a professional photographer so I have high expectations and learned a few things. I am currently searching for one myself. Based on what everyone said about #2 go with him. Good luck!

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