Photographers on Craigslist

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We used a photographer we found off craigslist. They were looking to build their portfolio as well, and there were no reviews. We took a chance on them, and I’m glad we did. They bent over backwards to work with us, and the pictures came out great. We ended up leaving them some reviews on wedding related sites to help them out as well.

Post # 4
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

bonbonsparklesMD:  It could go either way. Be really thorough looking at what she has done so far. She will only be posting her best stuff on facebook so ask to see an entire wedding. It takes a lot of time and practice to be good at wedding photography specifically, not just any photography can do it. 

Post # 6
92 posts
Worker bee

Ask to see everything, ask lots of questions, if she uses photoshop, etc. When my cousin had her baby, she had her newborn photos done for free by a new photographer because the photographer used them for her portfolio and they turned out great!

Post # 8
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

bonbonsparklesMD:  I was worried about it being too good to be true as well. We met them in a public place to go over the basics, and then kept in contact via email. We did a courthouse wedding and then a reception dinner for close family on two separate days.<br />There was no time limit, and in fact the day of the wedding they spent 14 hours with us! They wanted to make sure they got some awesome night shots. The day of the reception dinner they were with us about 6 hours, and they got the photos that mattered.

They also gave us 3 cds that had every photo they took, and some few that were touched up. So we could print whatever we wanted. 

Oh, and they surprised us around Christmas time with a small photobook from Artisan State.

Post # 10
390 posts
Helper bee

Ask to view several weddings, including images taken both indoors and outdoors (especially low light settings if you are having an indoor wedding). Make sure that she has backup equipment.. you need a minimum of 2 cameras, 4 lenses, and 2 flashes to photograph a wedding properly. And most important of all… get a contract! Make sure everything is in writing in a contract. If she doesn’t have one already, then you should find something online and make sure it includes: what you are paying, for how many hours, what products are included, when you will receive images (both online and products), what is her refund policy if she fails to show up or loses images, etc. 

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Post # 11
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I found some wonderful photographers on craigslist!  I met with a few and althought a some of them were kinda new in the business, they still had amazing photos and had that eagerness to be a great wedding photographer.  This was good because they are very open to suggestions, styles of photos you like and very cooperative.  They strive on making their portfolios better and better so it’s nice that they were on the same page as me and was really willing on working with what I want.  and a lot have good pricing.

I didn’t go with the photographers I went with because I ended up going with the cousin of a friend which was just good timing and gave us a great deal.  But if we didn’t find her, we soooo would have gone with one of the craigslist ones I met up with. 

Just because they are new photographers doesn’t mean they aren’t good at what they do.  My sister in law went with a newcomer and his photos ended up being beautiful!!!!  Now he’s actually quite successful and is charging double he price he charged her so all it really takes is a couple of clients to get their business started so don’t underestimate new comers.

Post # 12
282 posts
Helper bee

We went with a new photographer on Craigslist.  She had limited pictures on her site, but we decided to have our engagement session done with her to see if we like her work.  We were very pleased, and her rates were better than anyone else we found, so we went for it!  The wedding is next year, so she already has seven more weddings planned before then and will get lots of practice in the meantime.  It was worth the savings for us to go with someone less experienced.

Post # 13
6794 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

bonbonsparklesMD:  I used a photographer I found on CL. She was AMAZING and I got to name my price!! I don’t regret a single thing about using her for our special day 🙂 Obviously, all photographers are going to be different, so you’ll need to go off of the merit of her work. If you like what you see, then go for it!

Post # 15
26 posts

It sounds like you have yourself a photographer. If they offer you a contract and a full wedding view, that is a good sign. I too once had to start somewhere, and offered weddings at rock bottom prices just to get some things in my portfolio. And my couples probably wouldn’t have gotten ANY photos otherwise. Now that being said, are those photos the same quality and consistency as my current photos? Absolutely NOT. But if your expectations are realistic (she might take longer than others as she is still learning editing software, she might not have as many quality shots as others because she is still learning weddings/her equipment, ect…) and go into it that way, I see this as a win/win.

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