Photography anxiety

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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9531 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you like their work and they have been professional, I’d go with them. I think that they have enough weddings under their belt to get through the basic kinks. You can never guarantee your pictures will be perfect (and honestly I think the wedding industry puts way to high a premium on perfect photos), but at some point you just have to pick someone and hope for the best. Look at a full wedding and go over the contract and ask for a reference. But if it checks out, go for it!!!

Post # 4
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3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@HeyHey4514:  The vast majority of picking a photographer is liking their style. Experience helps them hone their style & skill, but if you like this particular photographer now, they aren’t going to get any worse with more experience lol.

I personally like a *LOT* of editing, & I thought I made that clear to my photographer, but I never realized before that most pics from a wedding are not heavily edited, so I was a little surprised when I viewed our pics for the first time & only found like 40 that were heavy edits. I also wish I would have emphasized my want for more detail pics. My photographer was still awesome (& she is actually going to heavily edit 25 more pics for me out of the goodness of her kind heart) I just think if you have wants & expecations about the pics, you need to be VERY DIRECT in expressing them. lol  

 

 

 

Post # 5
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3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think that deal is too good to be true.  I paid $4400 for one shooter, 8 hours.  If it is as important as you say, I would spend some money on a full time professional.  I would find it super annoying, and probably reject your business if you “bugged” me everyday before even booking my services.  

 

Post # 6
pyramidBee
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - St. Francis of Assisi Church & N.O. Board of Trade

Sounds like they can charge those prices because they are new and their business is not their full time job.  If they act professionally, are good to work with and you like their style and how the full wedding looks, then it sounds like a good deal.  Prices also differ a lot by area, so that could be a factor. 

 

I wouldn’t be as concerned about how many weddings exactly, but whether they are comfortable with your location and guest size.  Do they normally shoot church ceremonies or beach, and which are you having?

 

With part time photographers you will just need to accept that there is a tradeoff between the price and what you are getting, like how quickly you will recieve your photos or album or how much editing you will recieve.  Definitey not a bad thing, you just need to figure out what works for you.

 

Post # 7
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@HeyHey4514:  They sound PERFECT!

I got my photog (and surprise assistant!) for $950 for the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner/wedding/CD of all images.

Why so cheap? Because he’s only done 10-15 weddings! And he still works FT as a web designer. The pictures are GORGEOUS. Definitely the best time to get a photog!

Post # 8
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195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you like their pictures and they have been good to deal with, go for it! I’d maybe clarify that you get a CD with all of the edited pictures, and how many to expect before you decide though. I guess some of my friends have been burned by this before, although all the photogs I’ve looked at include a CD at no additional cost. 

Post # 9
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@JenGirl:  +1

It also depends on where you live. Our package was 9 hours, 2 photographers, all edited images on a disc with print rights, and an engagement shoot for $1360 (original price was $1600 and we had a referral discount). She’d only been shooting pro for about two years at the time, but had a degree in photography and beautiful, consistent shooting and editing. We live in the midwest.

@MrsTVLover:  But you’re in NYC and prices are likely to be MUCH higher, no?

Post # 11
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1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

It’s not too good to be true, it’s too good to be a full time professional properly equipped, insured, experienced, and truly talented. Somewhere in that equation you are missing something. This gets talked about a lot in here, and a lot of times we hear lower priced photographers justified by saying they come from smaller areas.  I can’t speak for doing business in a little town in the middle of nowhere, but having now had a full time wedding photography business in three different states I can say pretty confidently that the costs of running the business are pretty universal.  Business licenses, insurance, tax, gear – that stuff doesn’t change much.  So unless your cost of living is crazy low it’s just not profitable to be doing tons of sub 2K weddings.  The amount of work that goes into it is just too much.  Does that mean you won’t get lucky with a new photographer or a part timer? Sure. However not everyone wants to take a gamble on their wedding photos. There is something to be said for experience, and hiring someone whose full time job is photography.

 

 

 

Post # 12
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

I paid the following (remind you I like in a major city):

$4500 for two photographers, 12 hours, 2,000 photos, 10 enlargements of my choice, copyright to all photos, and three albums- 1 big album for us and 2 parents albums.  The albums contain 50 pictures (we got to pick the 50) all of which are edited to our liking. 

Two true professionals…… this is their job and only job……

I say that one can never pay too much for photos because in the end this is what you have to look back on…… I am glad that we had two photographers because they caught so many moments from two different angles…..

 

Post # 13
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373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@HeyHey4514:  I had a married couple that worked as a two shooter team for our wedding.  We got 8 hours of photography, a disc of fully retouched images, three albums and thank you cards for $1,300.

 

You CAN find an awesome deal and get what you’re looking for.  I would meet with them and go with your gut!  Just because someone isn’t charging $6,000+ doesn’t mean they’re not talented and professional.

Post # 14
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

$1600 for two shooters for 10 hours is low no matter where you live. Big red flags there because there’s no way to not be losing money charging that if they are paying taxes and have proper gear/insurance. Feel free to PM me their site and I can tell you if I see any red flags in terms of image quality/content. I’ve done this for many bees.

Post # 15
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93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Yeah, the fee is too low, however if it is only their Weekend gig they probably did not figure out their pricing just yet, or are trying to build up their portfolio, before they increase their pricing. We’ll be paying $6300 for 2 photographers 10 hours and that price also includes engagement photo session.

Perhaps consider doing engagement photos session with them to see how photos turn out. But I would ask why they charge so little and what do you get in the end. Make sure to read their contract.

Post # 16
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995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hmmm, I agree that they aren’t “professionals” … Yet. However, if $1600 is your budget they might be a good bet. Judging by your description, they’ll probably be charging twice that by the time your wedding rolls around and you’ll end up one of those awesome exceptions who got a real pro for a steal of a price. It is a risk but if you can’t afford more, it’s probably the one worth taking in this case. Also ask about backup equipment. this is one area where I wouldn’t compromise. They can defraud the tax man if they like, but no backups mean the possibility of no wedding photos period., and you’re already chancing it in other areas. Good luck!

 

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