Post # 1
So, I just started planning my wedding and I’m comptely STUMPED about photographers. I don’t know how to compare b/c everyone’s packages seem to vary too much. Does any one have any suggestions or specific elements that I should use to compare prices????
Post # 3
I would start with what you want first, then build from there. Some things to look at might be:
- All day coverage (pre-ceremony, ceremony, reception) – some photogs have a time limit like 8 hours
- How many locations will they cover? Some will only do 2 or 3
- Pre-wedding photo session – some offer this, some don’t
- Style of photography – artistic, traditional, etc. Look at their websites and compare the styles
- How many photos in the package, enlargements, etc.
- Do you get an online album
- How many photograhers (more photogs = more pictures)
Good luck! My wedding is almost here and I’m actually going to miss the planning stage! 🙂
Post # 4
I agree with Polly…. Just let them know what your vision is and they can take it from there… totally ressearch more than one and do what works best for you.
Post # 5
Yep. I’d figure out what you want first and by that I mean the must have elements – how many hours minimum, prof album or no, prints or no, e-pics, etc. For me, my must haves were at least 6 hours, e-pics (so we could get a feel for how we would work with our photographer), all pics in high resolution on a dvd/cd for us to use as we pleased for personal use, and someone that we meshed well with personality-wise. We DIDN’T want/care for a professional album (I like to scrapbook and wanted to do my own), prints (can print my own, I just wanted to have the high res pics so I could do so), or a slideshow or anything like that.
Then look at who falls within a reasonable range of your budget that fits those criteria or at least offers packages that have those things that you want in them (you can always try to negotiate the package down in price by getting rid of extras that are included that you don’t need/want). After that, look at the photographers style and consistency of pictures that make you oooh and ahh. 🙂 Come up with several and then schedule meetings with them!
Personally I thought that I really wanted to have 2 photographers, but when it came down to it, we went with a single photographer because we loved his work and he has such a nifty personality! For us that was SO important because that was the vendor we’d be spending the most time with on the wedding day and we wanted to make sure we were comfortable working with him.
Don’t be afraid to let a vendor know that you love his/her work but that they are out of your budget. No guarantees, but there is ALWAYS a chance that they will be willing to cut a deal or add extras in to give you more bang for your buck.
Post # 6
OMG!!!! You girls have helped me SOOOOO much! I DEFINITELY want coverage before the ceremony as we get ready and I even noticed that some places will include engagement pics. I also will not negotiate the cd/dvd to use at my will. My friend just used a groupon to get a canvas made of her newborn and think that would be an AWESOME gift for the parents! Do you think I need to get parent albums included, or should I add them in and they pay for their own? My in-laws don’t seem to be offering up ANYTHING to help my Mom…I don’t think we need to pay for anything else more than EVERYTHING! lol!
So, I’ll make a list and then contact places that are rated high and I like their portfolios.
Post # 7
OH! I forgot! Does anyone have a good idea of what the expected or norm for number of photo blow ups or albums?
Post # 8
@bfh426: This is the part I’m struggling with right now. I’ve noticed that a lot of people are doing 90-120 photos for their album.