How important is wedding photographer to you?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer should I choose?
    1450 : (7 votes)
    35 %
    2050 : (13 votes)
    65 %
  • Post # 2
    650 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I wanted nice photos, but photography was not one of my top priorities. I chose value, so I would pick the $1450 photographer and put money into other things. As long as you get the digital files and you have the rights to the photos, I’d think that was fine. In my search, the quality was similar in the 1.5-3k range.

    Post # 3
    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    FutureMrsKap:  Photography was super important to me! My photographer is $1600 & that includes 8 hours of coverage, a second shooter, an online gallery, a photo slideshow, 10×10 hardcover album, thumbdrive full of pictures. An engagement or bridal portrait session with 2 unframed 8×10 prints was included but we had already done our engagement pictures so I asked to do a boudoir shoot to gift my FI the day of wedding & she agreed. Her work is amazing!

    Post # 4
    3084 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    FutureMrsKap:  Good quality photos were important to me. I just felt like I wanted someone to take really good photos because that’s the memories that we would have (aside from our own, but you can see so much in pictures). So we splurged on that

    Post # 5
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I cared more about having a photographer there the whole day, to get pictures of everything than about having lots of super artsy and pretty pictures. Photography was important to me, in that I wanted to have them to help remember everything. But it wasn’t super important to me to have lots of stunning photos to hang up all over my house. I can’t imagine putting up more than a couple photos from the wedding, so I really only need one or two awesome, pretty pictures and I think you get that from most photos. If the rest are just nice pictures, that’s fine by me. It’s all going to help me remember my wedding day, and that’s really my primary goal. So I would go with the cheaper, all-day photog. 

    Post # 6
    867 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    My photographer was the second most important thing to me, but I love pictures and I’m totally that girl always taking them in my friend group. I think it’s important to remember (same with videography) that you will miss a lot of the stuff that the photag captures like the bridal party walking down the isle, people dancing, pictures of your guests lin moments you didn’t see because you were talking to grandma… Things you don’t get to see beause you are elsewhere. So this is your way of seeing the day and the pics will be with you long after the dress and the cake and the flowers etc. My photographer costs 4,500 and that does not include any prints or books (but i will have a second shooter), if that makes you feel any better about the 2k package your thinking of getting Lol. Go with the one you love the most. 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  BWLE.
    Post # 7
    1107 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We originally went with a photographer who was $900 total.  Weren’t too concerned with photography until last month when he cancelled on us unexpectedly, and we scrambled to find a new phoographer.  Then I realized how important it was to us to have nice quality photos.  <br /><br />

    We ended up meeting with over 20 photographers, and finally found a husband and wife team who we BOTH loved and they knew exactly what we wanted. We negotiated prices and got them down to $1800 + tax (from $2600).  So I’d say go with a photographer who you feel can photograph your event the best and you feel most comfortable with. If you like both photographers, meet with them and see who “clicks!”

    Post # 8
    3099 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    FutureMrsKap:  I generally lean towards advising brides to splurge on photography. Honestly, once the wedding is over, these photos will kind of be all you have left to remember it by (unless you choice videography). My sister swears she got hit over the head with an anvil because she can not remember more than an hour total of her wedding day. She looks at the pictures and laughs because she can’t remember a thing. Also, it really depends what things are important to you. I’ve seen someone suggest in the past to find the one you like and then book an engagement session wiht them a year+ from your wedding to see if you like their style. Other than that, go with your gut. Splurge if you can. 

    For my wedding package, I was concerned with the style. I met with a photographer who was $5000 starting. Their photos were stunning. No way around it. Jaw droppingly gorgeous. But you didn’t get much for $5000. Then I found a photographer I liked even better. She was new, so she was cheaper. I didn’t want all of the little add-ons (canvas portrait, photo book, etc.) and used those to create funds for her to come shoot my bridal shower instead. I can’t wait for our engagement photos!

    Post # 9
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    FutureMrsKap:  don’t do the engagement shoot, its really not necessary. I know its important for some couples bc they plan to use those photos for STDs. 

    Photography/ Videography was super important bc when you look back on your day, thats all you will have to remember it. And quality was super important. I wanted someone that was going to capture the most important day of our life in our pictures. So I was willing to spend whatever I needed to get the photographer I wanted. 

    Not sure where you are located but our wedding was in Brooklyn, NY and we paid $3900 for 9 hour coverage, all photos on a CD (I wanted to create my own album), all pictures photoshopped and edited, engagement session was included (if it wasn’t i would not have gotten it), 2 photographer and 1 videographer for the day, video was documentary style (45mins) and we get to keep all raw footage. there were some other extras but the most important are the ones i listed.

    Is it possible for you inlaws to pay for the $2050 and then maybe you and your FI can pay for the additional hours? six hours is not a lot of time to cover your wedding day. 

    Post # 10
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My best friend from work did mine and they were free!  I think she did an amazing job, so I’d go with the cheaper one, as long as her work is good.  Here’s my favorite picture from my wedding.  People can’t believe my friend did them!

    Post # 11
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    My wedding day priorities:

    1) FOOD


    3) photographer.

    I had some budior photos done for FI last Xmas. The girl was amazing and I’ve never felt more comfortable with (essentially) a stranger. Her wedding packages are expensive, but I knew I had to have her. I tentatively booked her before my venue and date were official!

    That said, I’m paying $2100. I have 8 hours, CD, book, rights, a huge canvas, a second photog and a free engagement session. Its supposed to be $2400, but since I’m a repeat she gave me a deal.

    I figured, I’m never doing this again, so paying for excellent pics seems like a necessity to me. I say go with the vibe you get from the photographer. If the choice is this hard for you, you may as well make sure the person in charge of documenting your wedding day is someone you get along with and have similar taste to.

    Post # 12
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee

    Very important to me. You only do this day once and you want good photos.

    My cousin had a “friend” do her photos and her “friend” was so busy getting drunk and high(yes, I said high) that she didn’t take photos of people on the groom’s side of the family. Her pics weren’t that great and looked like a typical guest would have taken them. She was heartbroken, and I understand why.

    Post # 13
    7920 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I say go with the better photographer. But I am a person who makes images pretty for a living.

    Post # 14
    2051 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Before the wedding, photos weren’t that important to me. I thought they would just sit in an album on the shelf so they wouldn’t matter that much. After my wedding, I am SO GLAD we went with a fantastic photographer. I treasure all the pictures he took and the fact that his candid shots captured all the joy of the day. We didn’t have a videographer, so for us the photos are our only way of reliving it all. To the extent that you can afford both, I would choose the photographer whose work you love best. 

    Post # 15
    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    From my experience, I suggest you don’t go for the one you like less.. Unfortunatelly, I did that for our wedding and the photos were terrible 🙁 From 1400 photos I got 4 good ones and 5 decent ones; the rest were just bad. Bad quality, bad camera work, bad focus, bad color temperature, bad positions and lights, simply looked VERY amateur. I sent the photos to 5 friends with no comments at all to see if I was crazy. They sent emails saying either that they couldn’t wait for the professional ones to be done (thinking those were the ones people took with their phones…),or that those pictures were really bad (if they understood those were the pro pics). In my defense, I saw some pictures of this guy (can’t call him professional or photographer) that were good. My guess is that those were the only few good out of thousands bad. Like I say: a good photographer takes 1000 pics and 800 out of 1000 are good. A bad photographer takes 1000 photos and 900 are bad. Anyway, I decided for this one because it was cheaper. Now we have to pay for another one to do a TTD in September and get some decent photos of ourselves. Of course, no cake or guests or restaurant… the wedding pics are gone. But at least to have a few photos for our album 🙁 So my advice is: unless you are 100% sure of the decision, don’t settle for less. It seems like it’s not important, but after the wedding, it’s all you’ve got. Forever… Because you will be so busy doing stuff that day that you won’t remember everything afterwards. The pictures will be your eyes and memory further on. The majority of the guests think that there are 3 important things at a wedding: the food, the music and the photos. The rest is optional. I agree with that.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  BunnyJaques.
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