Post # 1
Which photographer would you prefer? They are both offering pretty much same package for the same price.
Photog A – BEST PORTFOLIO EVER. Great reviews. Cheap prints. Slow to answer emails. Sometimes wonder if she’s that interested/devoted? Inflexible when it comes to price and packages.
Photog B – Also a beautiful portfolio, though perhaps a touch more traditional that we’d like. Returns emails promptly. Great personality connection. Giving us a discount to stay in our budget.
I thought we’d made our decision, but now I’m having second thoughts! What do you ladies think is more important? Personality or portfolio?
Post # 3
I think meshing with your photographer is very important also it sounds like they are helping you stay in budget whereas the other is not.
Post # 4
I would go with B- she seems really helpful already I’m sure she will continue to be so. As for A shes not willing to budge or bent and hard to get a hold of what if you have issues later on and she isnt willing to help.
Post # 5
If B is so flexible and personable you can always try to suggest more abstract styles of photography that you’re interested in- send over a few sample pictures and see what they have to say about them.
Post # 6
Just wanted to point out that I don’t recommend going with Paper’s suggestion. NEVER book a photographer expecting photos that are anything different from the style you see on his or her Web site. Our style is our style and we may or may not even be able to mimic someone elses and then there is the matter of willingness.
As for which photographer you should go with. I would either keep looking or go with the first photog and have patience, that is as long as she seems friendly enough in the responses she has sent. It’s very busy wedding season, and this time of year we just don’t have as much time to actively pursue potential clients as much as we might like to. If you don’t love the second photogs photos, don’t book her on personality alone.
Post # 7
I was in the same situation and went with my ‘Photographer B’. His pics were good, but it’s important to me to have someone who is prompt to respond and who I felt we meshed well with.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the comments! I’m glad some of you think personality and getting along with vendors is as important as I do, and that some of you think I should hold out… makes me feel less crazy for being so indecisive when I have 2 pretty good options!
The thing I really like about Photog A is that so many of her pictures are candids and really seem to catch the “feel” of the day. I agree that that may be hard to “imitate” that, and Photog B might not even want to. The last thing I’d want to do is insult her style (which is also great).
@PassionatePhotoLady: Thanks for commenting! It makes me feel better that Photog A might just be busy and not necessarily uninterested. She has seemed really nice in the one email she did send me, so I think I’ll try to be patient a bit longer.
I’m also going to show their portfolios to FI (again) and see if he agrees that Photog A is worth waiting for, or if he likes Photog B’s photos just as much. Here’s hoping that he’ll be more decisive than me!
Post # 9
well… my photographers weren’t that great with professionalism and didn’t answer emails promptly either. They caused me a lot of stress, but now that it’s all over, I love the photos and I keep telling people, I’d rath have awesome photos and crappy photographers and the other way around…. The pictures will last you WAY longer than your relationship with the photographers…
Post # 10
I fell in love with my photographer’s work, and paid little attention to anything else. It was a mistake. In the end she was so pushy and impatient, she nearly ruined the wedding. I was so uncomfortable around her. I rushed through getting ready and actually told my hairdresser “that’s good enough.” when she was only halfway done because the photog was sitting around yawning and looking at her watch instead of taking pictures (even though we were ahead of schedule)! I actually felt guilty for making her bored!
Personality is so important. You need to click with the person who will be following you around all day. I wish I had taken that into consideration when I made my choice.
Post # 11
Style, personality, communication and price were all very important to me. I searched high and low until I foud one that had everything I wanted. I recommend this site if you’re looking for a photojournalistic style. Always check their current pricing though; some don’t update their information on the site.
Post # 12
i’d go with portfolio. i’m not into traditional, and we found someone who’s very artsy. i love our pics and the fact that they’re very unique, i know i’d be sad if they were traditional.
Post # 13
Have you met either of them in person? We narrowed it down to 2 and ended up going with the personality we liked. Based on your descriptions, I’d personally go with the personality and prompt responses (because that’s something I’ve totally appreciated about my photog).
Post # 14
I would choose B if those are honestly your only two choices. Both are important and there is no reason to sacrifice one for the other. But A has red flags with slow response times. The inflexible pricing wouldn’t bother me as I understand why they charge what they need to, but a person can have the best product but if they don’t have the personality and professionalism to go along with it, then they are only hurting themselves.
Is Photographer B willing to work with you to create more photojournalistic photos if that is what you want? Give them examples of what you are interested in. If they can’t or won’t do that, then keep looking until you find someone who offers you the entire package of personality, professionalism, and great product.
Post # 15
If you are impressed with the photos of photog A, just think that will happen if you go with B and they turn out too traditional or too “some other word that is just terrible”. With photog A, you know their style and you know you’ll end up with a produc that blows your mind.You are going to be having so much fun that time with your friendly photog may be long forgotten once dinner and dancing has begun.
I pick A.
Post # 16
I say go with Photgrapher A. She probably wont budge on price because she knows she is good and doesnt really have to. Or maybe she feels her prices are low enough already. Either way, if her portfolio is as great as you say it is I would defenetly choose her. My photographer is sometimes slow to respond to but that is just because she is a super busy girl. She has her photog business and also does photography for stores full time. I wouldnt let that stop me from booking the best. Obviously photgrapher A’s reviews are great so I doubt she will turn out to be a flake when it comes to your wedding day. What does your gut say? I always trust my gut feeling and when I dont it usually turns out bad. What is the price difference? Is it a big difference?