Photography – Behind the contract veil

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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26 posts
Newbee

Woah….woah…you are hiring two different photographers who have never worked together? Maybe I am misreading this. If you are, that is a very bad idea. Usually you hire a wedding photographer who has their own second shooter whom they work well with. Most photographers I know have something in their contract saying that they are the only authorized photographer to do the event. I myself would never work with another photographer who didn’t understand my process and who could potently get in the way of my photos. My team has worked together for years to develop the sort of harmony and communication needed to have a multi-photographer wedding. We know where to be and what each other’s needs are without having to say anything. If your photogs are strangers, they will spend more time planning thn they will actually taking photos. You could run into some copyright issues and other potential problems.

Other things to think about is how long the coverage is for, what the photo packages entail, how long you should expect to wait for your photos, ect…

Just some things to think about!

Post # 3
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16 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

TzipporahPhotography:  I think Jamb means that the venue recommended two different photographers and they are currently deciding to hire one of the two.

As for hidden extras, the only thing I can think of right now is a meal at the venue for the photographer. Most venues should provide a “supplier” meal rate which is just something to keep them fed and watered really.

Post # 6
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1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

jamb:  Nowadays photography packages tend to be fairly similar in content just because people expect to get the digital files, so you really don’t need to go back to the same place for prints and albums (although you can if you like). As long as they include edited full-resolution files and use decent backup techniques, you’re pretty good to go.

What are their portfolios like? How long have they been shooting? The quality of the the photographer is the most important thing.

Post # 7
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4876 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

jamb:  It’s hard to give you an answer without knowing: a) what is included in the package, and b) the quality of said products included.

For example, Photographer A and B could both include an album in their package…..but without knowing what album it is can determine if you are getting a good deal. Album quality varies greatly, and quality albums are expensive to produce. That means if you have a 2500 package that includes an album you are most likely not getting a quality album because they are typically several hundred dollars (cost) to the photographer (for a quality album).

Post # 9
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1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

jamb:  I’d go with the two photographers and one assistant if at all possible, then. An assistant is very useful for lighting.

If you are in NYC I highly recommend Ryan Brenizer. I think his prices are similar or lower than what you are quoting and he has been named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. If you like his style, he is amazing.

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