PHOTOGRAPHER HELP— PLEASE!!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would just use him for videography.  I wouldn’t pass up beautiful, free photography.  Plus, if he was willing to save the date without a deposit, he should be understanding of the situation.

Post # 4
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999 posts
Busy bee

The big concern that comes to my mind is what the professionalism of the new photographer will be like, regardless of how good his photos are in his portfolio.

If you decide to go with him because of the budget constraints, I’d make sure you have a clear written agreement that lays out all the details of what he is giving you.

Would he be willing to do an engagement shoot with you? That way you get the experience of working with him (how comfortable you are with him, what his communication is like, his ability to deliver satisfactory results…). That could help bring peace of mind if you decide to go with him.

Post # 5
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1619 posts
Bumble bee

   @mandauhhxo:  I don’t know how tight the financial pinch is, and if the photographer didn’t get a contract or deposit then he really is taking a chance.  

When you look at your wedding pictures will you always remember the great deal you got, or will you always feel a bit guilty at someone doing you a good deed and you not reciprocating? 

Post # 6
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99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Chapel of Flowers

@lorelai:  +1!  Try to work with him before to make sure he is professional and gives you the results you see on his site. 

Post # 8
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999 posts
Busy bee

@mandauhhxo:  Hmm, that may be quite a risk… But then again, it may work out just perfectly. It doesn’t hurt to take precautions, though!

If meeting up for an engagement shoot isn’t possible, perhaps he can send you links to view an entire set of photographs from one or more wedding/event that he’s photographed & edited? That way you could get a more complete sense of what the images he delivers to you will be like (rather than you hiring him just off of the select portfolio photos).

I think that could be helpful in making your decision!

Post # 9
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

@mandauhhxo:  Since you won’t be able to meet face to face or have an engagement session, I would definitely speak with the new photographer over the phone (or even Skype/FaceTime to simulate a live meeting). As PP have said, make sure you get all of the promised services in writing in your contract including what the package entails and how many images you can expect to receive. Also ask for a link to see a complete wedding he has shot, not just the blogworthy pictures. 

Post # 11
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

@mandauhhxo:  Wow, what a nightmare!  And good for you for not cancelling on the 1st photographer before contacting the “free” one.  He definitely doesn’t sound like he’s ready to shoot weddings and could use some customer service lessons too. 

Maybe if you explain your situation to your original photographer, he’ll be able to get you the best package that you can afford in your budget.

Post # 12
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999 posts
Busy bee

Wow.
As PP mentioned, so good that you contacted him before cancelling the other photographer.
What a lousy way to treat potential clients! $500 would’ve still been an excellent deal, but I don’t blame you for not wanting to book someone with such a dismissive, arrogant tone.

I hope you’re able to sort out an arrangement that you’re happy with for your wedding photography… it can definitely be nervewracking trying to find someone who can capture beautiful photos of your big day that you can actually afford…  it’s a lot of work for photographers which is why packages cost so much, but it can totally be a lot to swallow. Fingers crossed you can find an arrangement that works for you soon!

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