Post # 1
My photography budget is $2500 for everything. (Unless we find a photographer that will skill swap with us) I want my photos to have the modern vintage tint feel to them. Looking for photographers in Pittsburgh has been a nightmare to say the least. I haven’t run into a blog or website that has this feel to them. I’ve seen a lot of black and white though.
My question is, do I find a photographer and hope they know how to create the dreamy vintage look in photoshop or do I find a photographer who will just shoot the wedding and let us do the photoshopping for the vintage feel?
BTW, SO is a graphic designer/web developer/editor. He edits for photographers all the time and use to work for Fredericks of Hollywood to edit out nipples from bra shots and bush bumps and stubble around the bikini lines so he knows what he’s doing. He has the same photography study software a lot of pro’s use.
Maybe my google skills suck, but I cannot find a photographer in Pittsburgh with images like this!
*Let me also add that the photographers I do find online that have the look I want don’t list their prices on their website so I skip them. I hate when prices are not listed and I’m not going to waste my time.*
Post # 3
Photography is all about the editing. Your searches may not be yielding the results you want because that type of photo editing isn’t mainstream quite yet, so the photographers are showing you what people typically like and enjoy in their wedding photos. That being said, it would be wrong to just ask someone to shoot the wedding and do all of the editing yourselves. That’s like asking someone to bake you a cake, but you’ll just assemble, frost, decorate, etc. It can be quite insulting and for most photos, the magic happens in the editing.
I’d recommend contacting a few photographers who do an amazing job at photography, and ask for specific examples of vintage photo editing they’ve done for people. They may have some that just aren’t featured on their website!
This came up with me since my FI is actually an amateur photographer, but we’d never imagine taking the raw photos from our photographer to do all of the editing. Because really, that’s where most of the cost comes from (for every 1 hour of taking pictures, there’s 3-4 in editing), so anyone that wants to charge you $2500 just to show up for 6 hours and take pics and hand you the minidisk from their camera isn’t doing you any favors.
Post # 4
I sent you a PM but for anyone else who is interested
She is awesome, and willing to travel!
Post # 5
I don’t know alot about computers, but my photogrpaher told us that alot of this vintage pics on his website were from taking a regular photo and then he put a paperbag in the oven and created a lay that created this old vintage look and scanned that into the computer; or something like that 🙂
So in other words, I think that any pic can be made to look “vintagy” therefore if you can’t find a photog that will edit them to look vintage; just as long as they have a good eye, it sounds like your husband will be able to photoshop them to look vintage.
Here is a pic that i though my photog took that looked vintage (the spots are from that baked bag,) but it was 100% photoshop editing.
Post # 6
Yeah, I just want to see actual edited photos. I know we do it a lot to our own photos because we do pin up photography as a hobby. I’ve talked to five photographers already who said they have never done it in photoshop but could learn. No. I don’t want someone who has to learn to create the dreamy vintage look. That’s where I’m running into problems.
Post # 7
An example of what you are looking for would help
Post # 9
Don’t skip the photographers because they dont have pricing. Its a pain, yes, but it will really limit your choices.
Even if their prices are higher than you want, you can probably negotiate. Also, it will give you a chance to ask if they have done any albums with that style. They dont post everything on their sites.
I think you should really communicate with a few to get what you want.
Post # 10
@lefeymw: Sadly, I am working 12 hour days so my personal phone time is limited to people I NEED to talk to. I don’t have time to contact photographers who can’t put their prices on their websites to at least give me an idea if it’s even worth contacting them.
Case and point: I contacted one photographer who didn’t have prices but I loved the work. I sat on hold for 10 minutes while the assistant when looking for him. She wouldn’t let me leave him a message. After that time was wasted, he basically got on the phone and laughed at my budget. Like $2500 is something laughable. Ugh. So I cussed him out and wrote a bad first impression review about him. So what if he didn’t provide any services. He laughed on the phone about my budget. Someone else may want an elitist asshole to shoot their wedding, but at least I was able to put his starting price out there since he doesn’t list it on his website and “doesn’t work with any budget less than $5500” asshole.
So yeah, it’s a time waster for me and if a photographer can’t put their basic prices on their website, then I’m not bothering to contact them. I mean, do you go clothes shopping and then have to wait for a cashier to ring you up and tell you the price of something?
Post # 11
it sounds like this is something your SO could do on his own (if he’s willing to put the time in). most of those images were probably made vintage-y with post-processing. maybe your SO could play around with some normal wedding photos and see what kind of results he can get using various filters and whatnot. there are so many free photoshop actions available on the internet, so that could be an easy way to get what you want. check these out, and i’m sure you could find tons more:
Post # 12
@Miss Tattoo: i wrote off photographers that didn’t have at least basic pricing info on their site too. maybe that was wrong of me but there was more than enough photogs i found that at least said what their packages started at. i hate when vendors hold out on their pricing. do they think it makes them seem more exclusive? or that since i already put the effort into contacting them i am more likely to now pay their jacked up prices?
ha ok my rant is done.
Post # 13
@Miss Tattoo: Try emailing. It works wonders. I have done almost all my correspondence/negotiating that way. Photographer included.
Draft and email in word and send it to 5 different people. Let them respond to you via email. Let them know you want to communicate via email because of work hours.
EDIT: my photographer was too pricey for me (no $ on the site) but I was able to negotiate him down a few thousand dollars. He said he didnt put pricing because everyone wants something different so its hard to pre-quote prices.
Post # 14
@pb and j: You are right. I shouldn’t have to do any kind of work like that. Put your basic stuff on your website and be done with it. Every photographer has a price point. Just put it up there. If you are going to go back and forth then put it on your website that you can work with almost any budget or put that you won’t go below $xxx saves everyone time.
Post # 16
Have you checked out:
pricing is under “information”