Photographers are Overwhelming! How did you choose?

posted 3 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
20 posts

I feel you! I just started looking into photographers and didnt realize how pricey they were! OMG. Nearly the cost of the venue!


I am getting married in Napa Valley and my dream photographer is 5k for 7 hours and 2 photogaphers. I am saving up for the deposit now to book them! 


Here’s something that helped me – call the photographers or stop by in person if you are local and see if you feel “sparks”. Basically similar to feeling one gets when you find THE DRESS. For example, a photographer I thought I wanted called me to speak over the phone and I totally got creep vibes from him. He was pushy and I was NOT feeling him. I immediately took him off the list as an option. 


Post # 4
3845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BirdieNY:   We chose our photographer based on the image quality and the combination of traditional poses and looks, along with unusual and creative angles.  Also, they are relaxed and fun while working and able to look over a venue quickly and come up with great ideas for shots.  

So, I’d suggest you keep looking at the photographers’ web sites until you are able to see differences, and maybe meet with them or visit on the phone – to see how you get along with them.

Not sure about “city” prices but in NJ I’m paying 3,500 for full day coverage, incl. e- shoot, 3 month online gallery, album credit and disc of high res images.  

Post # 5
2818 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Honestly, I just sort of looked at photographer’s portfolios online for a week, emailed maybe five we liked who seemed like they were in our price range and then just went on instinct. The first photographer we met with was in our budget, available for our date and we loved his work, so we booked him. So far, we’re really happy with our decision! 

And it seems like there’s a pretty big range of reasonable here, but we paid $5900 for a package that included a nine hour day, a second shooter, an engagement session, one professional album, $200 in print credit and two rolls of medium format film in addition to the digital. 

Post # 7
27 posts


Many of the prices are INSANE. We used Steve Worth. 

And negotiate $ for (everything)! Yes, everything. At least try. Nothing to lose.

Post # 8
30 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

@birdie- I feel like we are mirroring each other, we also booked Steve worth!


Post # 9
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Well first I decied what TYPE of photos that I wanted. I did not want the pinterest poses or cartoony poses. I wanted very artistic shots, very photojournalistic. Then I looked at wedding photos of weddings I went to recently to see what I liked/did not like. We ended up going with an awesome photographer that had shot a wedding of a friend of ours. 

Post # 10
6194 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@BirdieNY:  I researched A LOT of photographers when I was looking for one. I ended up with Craig Warga ( at 4900 for two pro shooters, 10 hours with a DVD and rights. 

What’s your budget? I decided that I wanted to throw 5500 at photography max but my budget is really high, I have some other suggestions that will come in lower if you put a number out there.

Post # 13
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

OK, here ya go. I felt the same exact way. I was looking online at website after website and they all looked the same. Because they all ARE the same.

Then someone pointed me to G.E. Masana and OMG! Breathe of Fresh Air! His photos are like art and the FEELINGS he captures… Wow. Makes you feel you’re right there. Ya gotta check him out.

He’s running a couple of promotions right now (wish he was when I booked him)

Check it out. He’s giving away an engagement session and he’s also running a contest where you can get your wedding coverage

Either one you can’t go wrong.

Post # 14
39 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

I second g.e.masana

Post # 15
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Go to wedding wire and sort by ratings and reviews (not by featured because these are paid spots)

Then start looking at their photographic style and give a call to 3 or 4 that when you saw the pictures you were just very surprised.

Photography is always tricky to book.  Many wedding photographers are great, but they all have their own style which is what is most important for the pics you want.

You can also try Pinterest with keyword NYC Wedding Photographer and see what people are liking or what photos you like from a particular photographer.

Post # 16
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

This is making me nuts and my wedding isn’t even close. I was just trying to research for engagment pics and I’m absolutely lost with the pricing. My stupid budget tool on the knot tells me $3300 for video and photog (BOth!!) seriously…. I want good pics but do we really need to spend $3000+ for pics alone?!??

I’m thinking of having a younger and less expensive photographer do our engagment pics bc I don’t care as much on how they look. I don’t know where to cut budget wise I already plan on doing inexpensive invite bc they get thrown out. Venue is decent priced, includes cake, centerpieces, and favors. I’m looking into PA wedding vendors but they don’t seem any less either. =(


Post # 17
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh geez this took a long time for us to figure out. We went with Brian Hatton photography (he is awesome).  Check out his website

Here are the pics from our wedding. FYI – we had the worse weather and I got no sleep for 2 weeks (so ignore how crappy I look as I am not photogenic at all!!). His body of work in the blog section has loads more photos from recent weddings.

He has various packages that he can run you through. What I liked about him was that there were not a whole bunch of conditions on the photos. Some photographers wont give you the proofs for up to 2 years later so that you have to buy the albums through them (Brett Matthews does this). Other photographers insist on water marking, etc, rights to your photos, etc.
















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