Photography- How important is wedding experience?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

 

citysparkle: Excellant  Photography was #1 on my list of must haves. I would personally take the more experienced photographers who are ‘only’ giving you 150 photos over someone who hasnt shot many weddings. I would greatly prefer fewer excellant photos than several okay ones. Think about what you plan to do with these photos. Are you going to hang them up in your home? Make an album? Most people will hang up a few in their home – you can easily get 3 or 4 photos to hang out of 150 options. Even for a professional album, you may use 50-75 photos to have in the album. Again, doable from 150 options. Quailty over quantity.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I second the pp – quality over quantity! The 150 you will get will be the best of those 6 hours and realistically you’ll only need a few for hanging /framing and about 1/3-1/2 for am album. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think experience shooting weddings is important, and would feel more comfortable going with the husband and wife team. 150 images is pretty low, but at the same time how many pictures of your centerpieces or details do you really need? At some point they become repetitive. Maybe they only guarantee 150 *edited* pictures and you’ll get the rest unedited? As long as they get all of the important things then I think you’ll be okay.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

 

citysparkle:  Ive seen people that take amazing photographs do really really poorly at a wedding shoot. You need to have enough experience as a wedding photographer to know what to anticipate and when. First look when you come down the aisle, first kiss, grandma shedding a tear or two. The photo journalistic approach to photography isnt a skill every photographer has. I wouldnt be willing to wager on missing a photo of our first married kiss on that. I think there is really something to be said about having a second shooter as well. At my wedding we had two photographers for the ceremony. Becuase of this they managed to catch a very funny moment for a mishap that happened to me, and my husbands reaction to it, and its one of my favorite photos from that day. It would have never happened with one photographer.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I got almost 100 pictures from my engagement shoot, so I’d be pretty upset with a wedding album of only 150 pictures. I would take into consideration how the weddings the inexperienced photographer has done compared to yours (i.e. – indoors, low light, or outdoors, bright light, outdoors, tent) and ask to speak with the brides/grooms of the previous weddings. Long story short, for me, 150 is way too few for the amount of money you pay for wedding photos. I would either keep looking, or go with the 2nd photographer. Figured I’d chime in since that doesnt seem to be the popular opinion. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My first thought is to go with the experienced wedding photographer. We met with the photographer our venue recommended, and aside from just loving her personality, I love that she knows our venue and weddings and how they run. Knowing where she likes to be to capture some of those important moments. 

Even if 150 isn’t a lot (and I’d be concerned about that), the one with wedding experience will do better in those key moments you’ll want captured.

Also, do you know if the 150 is just the edited files? Can you asked for the rest or more that are unedited?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

citysparkle:  go with your sisters friend. i went with my friend who just started out but i certainly did not regret it. she was able to give me more photos than i could dream of. and she gave the rights to all the photos and a disk with it all. i ended up with 250 photos just for my wedding book and was able to keep the extras on a usb. (she even made a cd with photos and music just for my mom) you jsut want to make sure you look at the work he has done, go over what you want at the wedding, show him photos of what you would like or are thinking about, and it should go accordingly. my friend gave me a super deal and it was wayyyyy worth it. i couldnt bare to spend the 1000 for two hours that they charge here. just an ungodly amount of money for a small amount of photos even though their portfolio looked amazing. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’d go with option two. But that being said I’m having a friend do my photos she doesn’t have a huge amount of experience but I trust her completely.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

 

citysparkle:  going with the friend is less of a risk if you are having an outdoor ceremony and a well-lit reception. If you’re having a church ceremony or a night time reception…lighting gets tricky.

Also, you can ask if he has done any event coverage. Portrait experience is great, but you can’t direct most parts of a wedding. 

150 may be all they guarantee…but it doesn’t mean it’s all you’ll get. I’d ask them…”I’ve heard 50-100 photos per hour you’re shooting is standard. Can you tell me about how your approach differs?” There is no way they’re going to give you everything, and honestly it baffles me that people even want that. I had a friend who was really disappointed in her wedding photos…and when I sat down with her and went through them all and pointed out all the ones I would have never even given her had I been her photographer, and we moved the favorites into a different location, her impression was totally different. She realized she had a bunch of great images, but it’s SOOOO easy to lose them in the weeds if you’re given TONS.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Go with the more experienced photographer and save up money every month after the wedding. you can always buy additional edited photos in 6 months or a year. Just make your intentions known up front so the photographers can take extra care to make backups of the unedited files so they’ll be around later when you want to buy them.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Firehouse Restaurant

I’m not sure what your budget is but with my package I’m getting 600-900 edited photos on USB drive and posted online and pringts of 20 5x7s or equivalent. Comes with 6-9 hours of wedding coverage. I’m cutting back in other aspects of the wedding but the package was $2300. I think your not getting a lot of pictures but I do believe in quality over quantity.

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