Post # 1
Ok here is my story,
My cuz and her sister got married about 3 years ago. They used a photographer and when i asked for advice they told me how unhappy they were with their photographer and gave me great advice when booking my photographer. Unfortunately they didnt give me the name of the photographer. And i forgot to ask.
Now let me be clear he did an OK job. most of the pics where great. However some of them sucked.
When i booked my photographer i released it was the SAME photographer.
Now im a bit worried! Well a LOT worried.
Would it be bad form to hire a freelance photographer as well? What should i do???
Post # 3
@dvitti: most photags put in their contract that they be the only photag. have you signed a contract? if yes, you might be stick unless you’re willing to lose your deposit.
Post # 4
It’s possible the photographer may have improved in the last three years, or was simply having a bad day at your sister’s wedding (not that that is really an excuse, wedding photographers are being paid to perform no matter what). I think you should go to the photographer and ask to look through three complete delivered wedding photo sets from his last few weddings (preferably in similar venues to your planned wedding). Then make your decision based on that. If the sets suck in some important way, bite the bullet and find someone else. If they seem fine, chalk it up to your sister getting unlucky and be sure you give the photographer some guidelines about what photos you absolutely must have on the day. Better yet, ask them if they can bring along an experienced second photographer to shoot with them on the day – many brides insist on having one nowadays so it’s hardly like it is an unusual request. It may cost $500 or so extra but the peace of mind is probably worth it.
Post # 5
@Arrowchan: Even if the second photographer the primary photographer brings on is technically more proficient, that second photographer is still going to be taking on a support role. There are lots of advantages to second photographers, but it’s not going to fix the skill level of the primary (which will have the responsibility of editing both photographers work).
A LOT can happen with a photographer’s skill level in 3 years, and telling us that most of the photos were great but some sucked can mean so many different things. Without seeing the body of work it’s hard for any of us to say anything – but even still it was 3 years ago. When you hired them you obviously liked something about their current work.
Definitely do not hire any other photographer separately from your contract with the first photographer. Either break that contract and hire someone new altogether, or let the first photographer find a second shooter if you want to go that route. The second shooter needs to be someone the primary is comfortable working with.