Post # 1
I think I am down to choosing between two photographers:
#1 is from the area and actually worked this summer restoring part of the grounds of our venue site, and when I first talked to him him startled rattling off different places around the grounds that he would love to photograph us at after the ceremony. Also, he is $500 less expensive than option 2 (package includes e-session, DVD of proofs and print release, 20 picture album, and 100 4×6 pictures), and is there the whole day (the previous client of his I contacted got about 9000 photographs and he was there from 8am until 10pm).
#2 is from a town less than 2 hours away but doesn’t charge to travel (even from an e-session) and his package also includes an album (larger that #1’s), e-session, and DVD of proofs with print release, but no extra 4×6’s. He averages 600-700 pics, works with an assistant, but only works 7-8 hours. Is that enough time to shoot the getting ready up to the toasts, special dances, etc?
I don’t know it seems like it should be an easy decision but I like #2’s personality more and I think his pics are a lot better. Who would you guys go with?
#1 on facebook, and here is his website
#2 on facebook, or you cen see his website
Post # 3
- 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
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.
Post # 5
@Gerbera: That is exactly my concern! That even with 9000 photos I might not like them nearly as much as #2 pics. I haven’t seen a full album but one of my friends was photographed last October by #2. She said she really liked him and her wedding album on facebook has almost 200 pictures from him and all but maybe 3 I love. I am meeting with #1 in person Sunday and #2 Monday so maybe #1 isn’t as cheesy as he sounds on the phone.
And as far as price goes: #1 is $2000 for the package mentioned above and #2 is $2500. It’s just hard because we are on a budget but this is not necessary something I want to sacrifice on. Plus my FI has an MBA, with a specialty in finance so he doesn’t get why I would want to spend an extra $500 and get less time.
Post # 6
@Gerbera: Oh and I get my reception venue from Friday at 3pm until Sunday at 3pm for a Saturday wedding so that is really restricted at all. I believe the 700 pics are from both his and his assistant. I’ll ask about that when I meet with him.
Post # 8
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
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.
Post # 10
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
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.
Post # 12
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
The 2nd one is much better !!!
Post # 14
#1 was a little out of focus- but I am super sensitive to it as a photographer myself.
Post # 15
#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!!
Post # 16
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!