Post # 1
Photographer? We met with 2 different photographers this weekend and are having a hard time. There’s pros and cons to both so I’m curious, what were your criteria and how did you make your final decision?
Post # 3
I think it’s important to take into account their quality of work, their style, package and pricing options, etc. However, since you’ve already met with both of them, do you think you would “click” better with one over the other? Did you feel more comfortable and easy with one? This is really important to me because if you’re not comfortable with your photographer, you could get totally different pictures than if you were.
Post # 4
@Jaynee: We got along well with both of them. The woman we met with gives us 2 photographers, which is nice to have two different perspectives of things. She’s a little bit cheaper than the guy, but not by much. We liked his work better but we’d have to pay extra if we wanted a 2nd photographer. I’m not sure if that’s necessary or not. It’ just such a huge decision and I don’t want to make the wrong one!
Post # 5
My dad is a photographer so I had to run EVERYONE by him first.
So I finally had 2 that he recommended and that I liked, so we met with them. Turns out they are really close friends and often shoot together.
PhotographerA I didn’t like her style quite as much (nothing wrong, just wasn’t quite what I was going for). To have a second shooter it was a couple hundred extra.
PhotographerB I liked her style and she said that a second photographer is included (usually PhotographerA if she’s available), so really, I get the best of both worlds. I think PhotographerB was a little more expensive, but whatever.
Could you afford an engagement shoot with both photographers to give them a test run? Who did you feel most comfortable with?
Post # 6
I would go for the one whose work you liked better even if you have to pay extra for a second photographer. It makes sense that you have to pay extra for an extra person. Of course as long as it is in your budget. In the long run you wont care that you spent a little more money because your pictures will look nicer. I got married near Atlanta so Im intersted in who youre using! If you dont mind PMing me I would love to see both photographers work!
Post # 7
Thanks for all the advice! Both of them have engagement sessions in their packages, which is awesome, so we’ll have that with both. And we got along really well with both of them, so personality isn’t going to be the decider.
Post # 8
who are the photographers? if you post their links then perhaps we can give some feedback on their over talent and cost as a whole.
Post # 9
how many guests will you have? if it’s a huge wedding, you probably want a 2nd photographer. if it’s mid-size, a 2nd shooter isn’t as vital, unless it’s important to you to have 2 views of the ceremony.
Post # 10
I looked at a ton of websites, narrowed it further to a few websites, then looked at them with a better eye and narrowed it to 2. I emailed both and made plans to meet with one. We got along with him well and loved that he showed us an entire wedding. I realized his style was what I was looking for, and he was in our budget (not only that, was willing to work with us in keeping our cost down), and we booked.
Post # 11
My photographer was really cool about giving us advice. We discussed a possible second shooter, but he indicated that we could save money since our wedding is relatively small, by having just one shooter, and his assistant (his wife) would also be able to take photos during the ceremony without the cost of hiring a second shooter.
Post # 12
Through online research we narrowed it down to three photographers. We met with all three this weekend and had positive experiences with all. What distinguished one from the others was the artistry in her work. Even though she is higher in cost by about $500, we felt like she will give us a unique perspective on our day.
Post # 13
Here’s the links to the two:
http://www.shannonseye.net She’ll be $2100 for 8 hours of unlimited shots, 2 photographers, & engagement session plus a high-res CD of all the images with the rights to print
http://www.christopherhelmphotography.com He’ll be $2700 for 8 hours of unlimited shots, 2 photographers, & engagement session plus a high-res CD of all the images with the rights to print.
We plan on having 125-150 guests.. so I guess that’s like midsize?
Edit: I should also mention that Chris Helm does have an assistant. He said his assistant takes pics during the ceremony to get a different angle, but not the reception. His assistant will run around getting him water, and helping with all of the logistics so Chris can just be taking pictures and not be bothered with the little things.
Post # 14
@RingAroundtheRosie: I was fortunate that my friend got married in August and I immediately thought how great he was and he continued to impress me. A few weeks later we met him and we all loved his work and even better his price was great too!