Post # 1
I feel like I am becoming less and less decisive as this wedding planning drags on…sorry this post is long.
I don’t know what photographer to get. My parents offered to pay for most of the wedding, but fiancé and I will pay extra for whatever “extra” we want.
- Mom found him and loves him.
- He is really really cheap. 1/3 the going rate.
- His photos are OK, but mostly posed. Pretty well lit, composition ok, but slightly boring, no “wow” angles or new ideas.
- He does have nice shots of reception halls, and does have a few candid and photo-journalistic shots, but they seem to be almost accidents…
- BAD printing job – some pixelized photos, several bad quality photos that seem blurry (same photos looked OK on screen). Fiancé said we should just not print with him, but what if the quality is bad?
- His personality is OK, but we did not really click.
- I feel like I will need to give him a lot of diretion to get the style I want out of him and that he will still do what he wants…he seems a bit headstrong. Can a photographer really adapt to what I want or will his inherent style come through??
- I love her work, her style…everything is exactly the way I want.
- 2 photographers for the normal going rate in my area, but still 3 times the 1st guy’s rate.
- like her personality, feel we are on the same page.
My family and fiancé don’t understand the difference – for them both are OK, and they don’t get why I would want to pay more. I just feel with the second one I can totally relax and know she would do a good job and exactly what I like.
But the first guy is so cheap..we could use the money towards our honeymoon or something. And if I really hated the photos we could do a session in our wedding clothes with the second photographer…
I guess reading my own post I should go for the second one….it’s life time of memories and something you can’t do over…does anyone have experience going with a #1 type photographer and it working out OK?? Or any horror stories? I feel I need a wake up call so I stop being so cheap! (:
Post # 3
go with your gut if it is important to you.
Post # 4
Honestly- use photos are nice to have and to capture the memory but BUT how often are you really going to look at them. My brother and his wife have their 1 year anvi. this weekend and haven’t bought a single wedding photo! They don’t even have their album. Other friends of mine I’ve only seen one of their wedding albums and the only reason is because I choose the same photog and asked to show it to my family so they’d see their work.
My point is, if the 1st guy is decent enough then save your money! We just got married and so many of our friends posted really good candid photos. So many of the new cameras people have these days take awesome photos. So we printed them off just yesterday so that we can start giving them out to family/friends.
Post # 5
I think the second is better. I would be worried that the quality of the first pictures are off and they might not look good when you print them either. Photos are really important to me, my husband and I have 7 up in our house!
Post # 6
It depends on how important photography is to you and your FI. My FI and I had agreed to splurge on our photographer, because wedding albums last a lifetime….and we’ll probably never dress up in our wedding attire or spend so much money for a big party like this, we wanted to hire someone who can capture the day really well. I’d definitely go with #2 if I were you. Especially given the fact that Photographer #1 does a bad job in printing pictures. Good luck with your decision! 🙂
Post # 7
A big difference with #2 is that you get 2 photographers – explain to your family that there’s no way 1 person would be able to get the same shots, b/c he can’t be in 2 places at once. If photography is really important to you, I think you would really regret going with someone whose abilities you question.
Post # 8
Definitely #2! You need someone you are comfortable with. You don’t want to spend your wedding day directing the photographer to get the shots you want (and if the photog doesn’t direct, it means you’ll need to direct the whole bridal party for shots). It’s easy to think the money you save will go towards your honeymoon or another use, but unless you have your whole budget in its own account, the money will come and go during the whole wedding process 😉
Post # 9
IMO, this is a no-brainer! I was in a very similar situation recently. Except I had 3 to choose from….
The first girl…AMAZING! Loved, loved her photos and artistic twist on wedding photos. The problem – she works “by the hour” meaning I would be paying her over $3000 for 7 hours of photo taking. If at the end of 7 hours we did not have the shots we wanted too bad for us (or she could work overtime for an additional $250/hr – EEK)!
Second girl…sounds similar to your #1. Photos are OK. Not overly unique, very posed. Basically your traditional wedding photos. If I had never seen any other photographer’s work I might have been ok with her. Plus, she was the cheapest I’d found. Oh and did I mention? She did fsil’s wedding photos last year. Kinda limits how much criticism you can dish out around the in-laws!
Third girl – her pics were gorgeous. She’ll come in the morning and stay all night if we want her to for a flat rate. She really “gets” my vision of what I want from wedding photos. We click. I can relax and not worry that we have to hurry up and get our photos before the photog leaves. She’ll throw in a free e-pics session. She’ll even make me some wedding invites if I want. And her pics are GORGEOUS. Did I say that already?? Same insane price as #1.
So, who would you advise me to go with? #1 and be super stressed on my wedding day? #2 and have photos I am really not excited about and probably won’t have printed in the end (what’s the point of having a photog in this case?) or #3 – rockstar photos at a premium price but I will be happy, relaxed and have photos that I will want to display.
No brainer, right?? Go with your #2!
Post # 10
PLEASE don’t go with photog #1, at least from what I’ve read. If the prints are bad, it means the photo itself quality is probably bad. I really don’t think you’d be happy if you got nothing but blurry pics & pixelated pics from him, even if it was free. You get no do-overs of you & your family & bridesmaids & the wedding itself. Does he have a website? I can review his work real quick, if you’d like?
Printers won’t blur out a pic. A bad quality printer may show more pixelation or lines thru the pic.
Photographers have their own style. But it already feels like you have bad vibes from him, so don’t go with him. If you don’t feel comfortable around the photog, it will definately show in the pics.
Photog #2 sounds ideal for you. Its good if you feel there’s a connection, she sounds like she knows what she’s doing & you won’t have to worry about her. You really don’t want to worry about the photographer during your wedding.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the advice! Bees are great! (:
@vintage2010 – I appreciate your honesty! This is definitely a good point. The thing is, although I am not too sentimental now, who knows what I would be like in 5,10,30 years? Maybe then I will regret not having an awesome album?
Everyone else who says go with #2 – I think that’s what I will do. I spoke with my mom and she said that the person that recommneded #1 to her told her that the guy wasn’t too flexible and was kind of doing his own thing (he still liked the result, but that was his impression). Since I would need to “change” him, I think it’s a lost cause.
Also, trying to balance the two regrets – spending “too much” or having photos I don’t love – I think over the long run the money won’t be such a big deal but the photos will stay…and the prices *are* reasonable o begin with.
Thanks again for helping me decide, I needed your comments! It seems like an obvious decision but it’s hard to make when there are all those things to consider. But I am happy with my choice and I think it’s the right thing for me! I feel like I can breathe easy now. (:
Post # 12
I skipped. I’m a cheapy girl myself however I would pay the extra money for the 2nd shooter. BUT there is the option to ask the first guy if he knows anyone that would 2nd shoot for him or you find someone else to 2nd shoot like off of craigslist. Most of the time it’s a person that wants to do weddings that has not and needs the experience BUT they give you the extra photos from different angles.
I’ve shot a wedding by myself and it’s exhausting! I missed some things that had I had another shooter it would’ve been SO much easier. I’ve never done that again and ALWAYS have another shooter with me.
Post # 13
You need to find a photographer you can feel comfortable in front of, otherwise you could end up looking awkward these important photos.
Post # 14
@Inkypoo – Thanks for your perspective on this! Two shooters are better than one! I am happy I will go with #2