(Closed) Please help me choose a photographer!!!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Who would you choose?
    Nicole Chatham : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Amy Watson : (13 votes)
    43 %
    Alyse French : (13 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
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    1027 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I put Alyse, BUT now I see that Nicole and Alyse both don’t include engagement photos…so I recommend meeting with them and discussing options to see if one suits you better

    Post # 4
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Of the 3 websites Alyse is the most talented in my opinion.  She at least can get skin tones right for a blog post.  That being said you should never make a decision solely based on price and what stuff they offer.  I’d meet with her and see if you click.

    Post # 5
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    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I like Alyse the best… her style seems consistent throughout her images… and the editing is very well done. The other two are talented as well, but for example Amy shoots some diagonally, which is not my style at all (is it yours??)

    Nicole has really pretty photos… and the people look happy and like they are having fun, but I didn’t see variety, I think Alyse is more creative in my opinion.

     

    I would contact all three, and see which one is best personality wise. Even if a photographer has gorgeous images, it might come down to how they treat you either by email or in person.

    Post # 6
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    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Number three, alyse, bigtime. If you like her personally, lock I her in. Do not worry about things like if she includes an esession and how many shooters. Pick a photographer based on talent. The other two have some issues on their sites with even just getting their white balance wrong. Your reception venue is very brown. You don’t want to suffer from someone who is going to not know how to balance that. Getting a bunch of stuff in a package is great but if its a bunch of low quality stuff who cares? If they are all in your budget, pick number three and if you need to add a few hundred dollars for an esession that’s not hard to find in your budget. Cut out flavouRs. No one cares about them anyway! 

    Post # 8
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @Excited To Bee:  Whether or not a photographer has previously photographed your venue shouldn’t in my opinion be a consideration.  If anything the more we’ve photographed a space over and over again the less inspired we are by it.

    Post # 10
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    1027 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Excited To Bee:  i think that answers your question 🙂 what beautiful pictures!

    Post # 11
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    3143 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I like both Amy Watson and Alyse French. It will depend on what is important to you and the style you are looking for. I suggest contacting both to set up a meeting see if they are available for your date first. Then sit down with them and look at a portfolio from start to finish, see if you connect with one a little more. I think there is a great advantage to having two photographers over one and if I like their work that to me would make my decision. 

    Post # 13
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    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Okay. I’ll tell you the truth about two photographers. About 90% of the time 95% of your shots will come from the main photographer. Unless you are paying a very healthy fee the second shooter is normally either a new photographer trying to get a leg up or a husband/wife. Not always the case but it is often enough. ive shot over 200 weddings, none with a second shooter and never had a single issue with a client feeling like they were missing anything. An assistant is a must have but a second shooter really isn’t. If your photographer has any hustle at all they can handle it themselves. Do not make a decision based on a second shooter being in a package. I have about ten people a week emailing me to second shoot and I could get them for free and charge clients $1000.00 more per wedding. I just won’t. 

    Post # 15
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    6051 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Lashmont:  +1. I do bring a second shooter at any wedding over 5 hours, but it’s mostly for looks. I proof maybe 10% of what my second shooter shoots. Yes, having 2 photographer can be great because 1 can’t be in all places at all times….but neither can 2.

    I think brides are now coming to except 2 photographers, even though it isn’t always necessary. For years no one ever had 2 photographers, we always shot weddings alone (with an assistant). The phenomenom really started when husband/wife teams started popping up.

    OP, I too prefer Alyse, followed by Nicole. 

    Post # 16
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @Lashmont:  I’d have to disagree with you on that one.  Our ratio is more like 70/30 to 60/40 for the percentage of shots we contribute to the story of the day.  My husband is the primary photographer and contributes the bulk of the photos, but there have been many timelines where had their not been two of us certain photos would never have been taken just due to logistics.  And having dual angles and being able to cover the bride and groom getting ready separately are invaluable. 

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