Need Advice on Photographer

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Newbee

Maybe you are looking for photojournalistic? Like traditional pics? GQ mag type?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

nightstarzz:  Oh my gosh. Well let me say this – I am a professional photographer so I know what I’m looking at, and I would not pay your fiance’s coworker $4,000 for the images you linked to. No way. The color balance is off on many of the photos (especially on the website itself), they don’t appear to be edited consistently, and there’s nothing artful about the composition. If that is your budget you can certainly afford images that will excite you. <br /><br />I would also never hire a photographer who has not done weddings before. They are an entirely different beast, and if I had the budget to afford a pro it would be no question at all. You’d be risking someone who doesn’t know how to handle challenging light, the demanding pace of a wedding day, the unexpected issues that crop up, and may not be prepared with the extensive gear and back up gear needed to photograph a wedding successfully. Scroll the photo board to read horror story after horror story about people who hired someone with no wedding experience. There seems to be a new thread every week about it. <br /><br />One other thing to keep in mind -vthe vast majority of photographers have exclusivity clauses in their contracts, so contracting two separate photographers will likely not be an option. If I was in this position I would keep looking until I found a photographer whose work we both love. You could always avoid the awkwardness by inviting your fiance’s coworker to the wedding as a guest instead of having them work and spin it that way. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

 

nightstarzz:  Oh my. This reminds me of our situation before we hired our photographer. FI promised his boss that his wife could do our photos, without even asking for my input on it. I looked her up and it looked like her pictures were done with a cheap point and shoot.

His coworker isn’t near as bad, but I can see why you don’t like them. I only looked at the ceremony pictures, but they look like a guest took them! Very weird angles. Definitely not worth 4k.

What I did was take similar pictures from the wife and a photographer I liked (like a picture from each of cake cutting and a picture from each of a first dance,) and then point out the difference in quality, color, angles, ect. He’s not into photography and thinks his P&S camera from 2004 takes amazing pictures (even though it doesn’t focus, is super dark, and just all around sucks,) but he could see the differences so he went with it. 

Post # 10
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Wannabee

<br />The pictures in the link do not look great in my opinion.

Also I would not hire the girl who’s never shot a wedding before (unless she wants to come as an extra photographer for her own portfolio).

As a compromise, pick neither friend but a professional that you both agree on.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

nightstarzz:  My opinion may be slightly biased, as our wedding photographer did not do a good job. She was an amateur photographer. She did an excellent job on our engagement photos, so I agreed to give her a go at our wedding. I regret that. I don’t think a photographer’s ability to do nice glamour, editoral or high fashion work is a good indication of how well they can do weddings. I wish I would have made her a list of “must have” photos. A lot of the group photos were really bad and out of focus. Our cake photos were horrendous. The shots of me alone and the ones of my bouquet turned out the best. Now my husband and I have very few decent photos of us together on our wedding day. Because of my experience, I stress getting someone with wedding experience and work that you like. I think this is something you both should come to an agreement on. If you both can’t agree on it, than I think you guys should look at another option.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Please don’t go with your FI’s co-worker! I prefer to find something constructive to say about the work of other photographers but to be honest, the pictures I’ve seen from the link you provided are not of professional standard. Far, far, from it. The colour is off, the composition bizarre or just plain careless and the editing rudimentary or non-existent. As for wanting $4K to cover your wedding, this is just plain preposterous. For that sort of outlay you should be able to find a creative and technically very capable photographer. 

What I’d do is look at the work of good photographers in that price range. Then show their websites to your FI so he can see the difference between his co-worker’s amateur efforts and what you could get for the same money.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 

nightstarzz:   If you have a 4k budget for photography you are able to hire an experienced, professional wedding photographer.  Please look for a professional in the style you and your FI prefer, and enjoy the results.  

FI’s co worker is not worth hiring, and shooting a puppy is *not* indicative of promise as a wedding photographer.  

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

 nightstarzz:  +1 to everything mariematt: said! I would never pay 4k for the photographer listed – their work is sub-par at best and definitely not worth those prices. I also wouldn’t hire the photographer who has never shot a wedding. With a 4k budget, you’ve got the ability to hire a very talented professional. Keep looking for someone who has work that excites you and you love. You should be able to look at their website and think “I want THEM to photograph my wedding”. What area is your wedding in? 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

For 4K you need to be getting your dream photographer. This guy and his wife are very far away from that. Our photographer was voted one of the top 20 wedding photographers in the world and he only charges maybe 10% more than that. It is ridiculous to use someone like you FI’s coworker when you don’t like the photos and he’s not even giving you are ‘friendship’ discount. Find someone amazing (not someone who has never shot a wedding before, if you value your wedding photos at all) and hire them instead.

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