Honest Opinion: Male or Female Photographer?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What type of wedding photographer do you prefer?
    Male Photographer : (0 votes)
    Female Photographer : (12 votes)
    26 %
    Gender Doesn't Matter : (35 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 2
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    795 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t think it matters and I didn’t go out looking for only female photographers over male. What mattered to me was quality, vision, focus, price point, packages, etc. Our photographer happened to be female and our videographer male. 

    Post # 3
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    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    TzipporahPhotography:  Didn’t care – we met with photographers whose work we liked and who fit into our budget of both sexes. We went with the one who seemed the most competent professionally in person and who we got on with the best/felt most comfortable. She just happened to be female. Most of my friends though, now that I think about it, have had male photographers.

     

    If it does matter to some people perhaps it’s because women can be more ‘gushy’ about weddings when they facebook, blog etc. their work. Perhaps that appeals to them or they feel more connected to that person? That sort of thing doesn’t matter to me though.

    Post # 4
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    7195 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t want to sound rude, but how does gender affect photographic ability?

    We married over 20 years ago, there were many to choose from, and we chose a woman. So female photographers are not new either.

    Post # 5
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    381 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: Royal Park Hotel

    aussiemum1248:  That is, essentially, what the OP is asking.

    Post # 6
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    2242 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I don’t think gender will affect photographic ability but maybe it’ll make a difference for YOU? If that’s the case then just use whatever gender you’re most comfortable with for your wedding.

     

     

    Post # 7
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    1377 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    TzipporahPhotography:  We didn’t choose based on gender, nor did we interview them based on gender. If I had a friend that decided on vendors based on gender alone, I would be telling them where to put it rather quickly, as it really shouldn’t matter what gender someone is for 99% of things! Have you found that people do pick based on gender? Now I’m curious! 

    We chose our photog based on experience, style and how well we ‘clicked’ with them. Our photog happens to be male, but his style is perfect for us, he’s very experienced with outdoor weddings, and we understood each other right away. He’s also very techy, which was awesome for our geeky selves – we have DRONE to take pictures. The photog we would have went with if Guy Photog didn’t exist is a woman who takes wonderful pictures, but we didn’t click on a ‘vision’ nearly as well. 

    Post # 8
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    5267 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

    I only look for qualifications as a photographer.

    Post # 9
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    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    gillykat824:  Not photogs, but I’ve seen plenty of people openly state they only want a male officiant (civil, not religious)!

    Post # 11
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    1377 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Lollybags:  Weird!! I would have assumed that someone whose religion didn’t allow female figures (priests, whathaveyou) would have only looked for male officiants, but only looking for a male officiant for a civil ceremony does surprise me. 

    Post # 12
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    210 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    TzipporahPhotography:  I know my fiance preferred a female photographer because he felt like a woman would be more likely to look for the small but significant moments that we’d want captured.  He’s afraid that a guy would be too “clinical” about it, and not really get into it emotionally.  In the end though, our favorite photographer (based on her photographic skills alone) was female so it didn’t really matter.

    Post # 13
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    380 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

    I actually DID have a preference. For some reason, the idea of a male photographer made me feel uncomfortable. Also, the thought of having photos of me getting ready, taken by a male photographer, just seemed wrong. I wanted someone who can be on my wavelength throughout the day.

    So I decided to only look at female photographers. We have found a lovely lady who has a great portfolio, and totally understands my vision.

    I’m not normally fussed with things like this. Hell, even my doctor is a male, but I just didn’t feel right with a male photographer.

    ETA: For your research, I am an older bride (40yo).

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  LonnyLee.
    Post # 14
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    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    TzipporahPhotography:  I had a male photographer and I didn’t have any issues with him being there for the getting-ready stuff. When it came time to get into my dress, he stepped outside while my mom and my MOH helped me put on my longline bra and step into my dress. We zipped the dress past my butt and I held it up while he came back in with the (also male) videographer. They were there for all the rest of the zipping, buttoning and accessorizing. I would’ve done it the same way with a female photographer.

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