(Closed) Help me say yes to my photographer!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I put the deposit down?
    YES! : (5 votes)
    42 %
    NO! : (2 votes)
    17 %
    other (explain below) : (5 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    496 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Hmm.

    They don’t have a lot of wedding work in their portfolio (so they are somewhat inexperienced), but I think the overall quality is pretty high. Not wild about the on-camera flash in the dance shots, but hey, it’s a style. Their price is good, especially given they are including albums, and probably reflects the fact that they are only just starting out. Their main camera is a little older, but still very good.

    If you are getting married somewhere really dark like an old church, you may have a problem since I don’t see much of that kind of thing in their portfolio. I don’t think they use flash a huge amount.

    But otherwise, if you think they are talented and you get on well with them, I think you should pull the trigger. They will probably raise their prices soon enough if they are good. But first, do doublecheck their image backup policies, etc. if you haven’t already. Always worth asking!

    Post # 5
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Their work (what little there is of it in regards to weddings) is decent.  They are offering you a LOT of stuff for that price… it’s hard to quantify, but if the albums are of decent quality they aren’t going to make a ton off of your wedding.  Personally the lack of experience would bother me.  For $3600 you could have a really awesome experienced photographer, or take a chance on someone new and get a lot of stuff.

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Id keep looking. They are not bad but I think you can do much better for that price point.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1478 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    The quality of their work is good is that was your query. 

    It really does depend on what you want. To me, although their work is beautiful, a lot of their stuff seems to be very staged and they dont seem to capture the atmosphere of they day. They strike me as potrait photographers who have crossed over. 

    but if thats what you prefer … 

    Post # 8
    Member
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m not 100% sold. I think they are about right in terms of quality and what they are including in the package for the price. But I personally would forgo some of the STUFF and get an amazing photographer with just 8 hours and an eshoot. They are clearly inexperienced, and as PPs mentioned, lacking in the lighting department (don’t plan on any night shots etc.) but have a decent style. It’s all about what’s important to you 🙂

    P.S. I voted “Other.”

    Post # 9
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    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I’m not overly impressed.  I feel like they do a ton of posed stuff, which will really cut into the flow of the day, and their unposed shots aren’t overly amazing.  I’d keep looking if I were you, but if you aren’t able to find anything you like more in your price point, you could certainly do worse.

    Post # 11
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @dsanchez:  All that really matters is you do like them. Liking them personally is a very important part of hiring a wedding vendor particularly a photographer, we spend the most time with you.

    They are certainly competent enough for that price and if the albums are that important to you then go for it. Most will skip extras for great photos/coverage over the “stuff”, but if its not your priority its ok to. :)Good luck!

    Post # 12
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    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Have you thought about Azzura Photography? I noticed you’re from Seattle. They’ve been around for years and have a lot of experience photographing weddings. Azzura is a husband-wife team, which is what you’re looking for! Here’s a link to their website: http://azzurablog.com/

    If you’re open to non-couple photographers, I HIGHLY recommend Laurel McConnell, Barbie Hull, or Kristin Honeycutt.

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