Post # 1
I absolutely love wedding photography, so when FI proposed that was one of the first things I started researching! After compiling a master spreadsheet and once I had enough concrete info to share, I emailed my top 7about rates and availability. Having heard back from almost all of them, I narrowed it down to 4 I’d be totally happy with… only problem is, how do I pick the one??
Did your interview decide it for you? Was it mostly price? Did you get two shooters for the price of one? Was it style?
Post # 3
@lorakath: Well I orginially had my heart set on one photographer, when I found out she was booked on my day, I started looking for those with similar editing/shooting styles. I found 2 that were similar and contacted them. Both sent me their packages/prices and than I compared them and set up meetings. We ended up talking about our options, what was important to us and what we wanted from a photographer. My fiance said “I like both so just pick one” and so I did. I chose the photographers who I loved their style of shooting and packages/prices. We went over our original budget but overall happy with our choice. They’ve also helped us with other aspects of the wedding (such as giving recommendations to different vendors)!
Post # 4
@lorakath: I did internet research, asked for some quotes, and then booked a meeting with the one whose portfolio I liked the most (luckily their pricing was in our budget). By the end of the meeting we knew we didn’t need to look any further. We already knew that we liked their work and that their pricing worked for us — meeting them, and really liking their personalities, was what sealed the deal. When our photographer said “Feel free to take your time and think about it, we know it’s a big decision!” we told her that we already made up our minds 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@lorakath: I luckily did not have to do all that footwork, my photog was recommended by a friend. However, we obviously had good chemistry at our first meeting so that sealed the deal!
Post # 6
It was an easy pick for me. I have friends who have a photography business and they are awesome!! I’m so excited to have people I truly trust to shoot our pictures.
Post # 7
I did the same thing you did – looked at a billion, and narrowed it down to 6 or 7. Of those, I asked them to provide me with access to some full weddings that they had shot – this helped greatly in narrowing it down. One sent me a full album that had SPOTS! all over the pictures. You didn’t see any of that on the sampling of pictures she had on her website – remember those pictures are only the best of the best. It’s important to see a full wedding, getting ready shots all the way through reception exit – to get a true feel. I also placed value on ones who always used the same second shooter. Some had 5 or 6 second shooters they work with, but we ended up going with a husband-wife duo who always shoot together – I like that they each know their own role – the lead (the wife) doesn’t have to be directing the other. The husband knows he ALWAYS does the detail shots, ALWAYS does groomsmen, etc. etc.
We ended up interviewing two photographers in person, both of whom I really liked their styles. One showed up on time, was bubbly and fun, and bought us each a smoothie! The other showed up 15 minutes late – mind you, FI and I had both taken time to leave our offices during the workday to meet her – and she did not apologize. She was nice enough, but being late with no apology / reason pissed me off. So voila! Our photographer was chosen!
Post # 8
@lorakath: PLEASE meet with and INTERVIEW your photographer! If (s)he is quiet, reserved, doesn’t talk much, seems uninterested, MOVE ON!
I hired somone whose work I LOVED, but when I met with her, she was very quiet, and not outgoing whatsoever. I hired her anyway, because I figured, “Oh, I’m sure she’s just having an off day. She’ll be GREAT when we finally take pictures! Her work is fantastic!” NO. Our engagement session was SO miserable that we ended up firing her and hiring someone else. She didn’t pose us, she didn’t seem to care, etc. Yes, our pictures turned out ok, but I didn’t want to deal with that kind of personality. She was rude to me afterwards, and she did not give me the photos in the time she had promised.
Interview, interview, interview! And stick with the personality that fits you and your FI!
Post # 9
@lorakath: If you love them all equally, then I’d go by price/what’s offered in their packages.
ETA: definitely meet in person with each of them also!
Post # 10
If you love all 4 equally, their work is of equal caliber, and you “clicked” with all of them after the interviews…I’d go by price and what’s included for that price. If they all offer the same things in the package, I’d go soley by price. No point paying more for something that’s the same as the cheaper option.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the feedback!
Unfortunately, I’m planning this wedding from halfway around the world and need to have someone booked by the time I’m back in the States. That said, we are meeting with all of them over Skype, which I think should be a good substitute!
I’m hoping the interviews will help clarify it for me, but I didn’t even think of asking for a full wedding. I’ll add that to my list!
Post # 12
@MissBatman: This happened to us with our photographer too. I think we just never ‘clicked’. The wedding pictures turned out okay but overall they were dissapointing. Our photographer just didn’t seem interested in us or the day, and it took her 8 months to send us our pictures.
OP, make sure you click with your photographer whether you are meeting them over skype or talking on the phone. I never thought it was that important but it really really is. Don’t get hung up on the images you see on a blog, because you won’t get those quality of images if the photographer doesn’t feel a connection with you, or isn’t excited about working with you.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
I had a few photographers that I like as well. Some got booted because they were too expensive. Some more got booted because there style was not what I wanted. etc…
When it was all said and done, i had two photographers left. I met with each and had a clear winner. It is important to be comfortable with you photographer. With one of them, I just clicked so much with. The other seemed distracted and like she didn’t want to meet with me.
So, that’s how I made my final decision.
Very happy with my choice so far. 🙂
Post # 14
@Anna10-05-2014: I did a LOT of research so the four I’m down to are my favorites in everything–style, price, etc–and even the emails back and forth have been amazing so far. I feel like all of the ladies are friends I’ve known forever. I’m hoping the Skype calls will help narrow it down, some people are just better in email and I want to feel completely comfortable at my wedding.
Post # 15
Picked my photographer based on price and that I liked the way she shot outdoor weddings, since mine was all outdoors. I interviewed her and she was the sweetest thing ever! She was very organized and walked through lighting and angles and stuff like that and seemed like she would be really easy to work with. If the interview hadn’t gone well, we would have kept looking (I had a few options on stand-by) but I loved her so it was easy!
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club
@lorakath: The two that I narrowed down were wonderful. I actually (based on the email conversations) thought I was going to like one over the other, but I was wrong. My decision was easy once I actually met them.