Post # 1
Hi Ladies –
I already have a wedding photographer who I love and already booked. The problem is that I don’t like his engagement photography…I feel like I would have to show him a bunch of examples of another photographers engagement pics!
Have any of you booked two separate photographers for each? Any advice? I just don’t want to spoil my relationship with the wedding photographer if I choose a different engagement photographer (he friended me and my fiance on Facebook…so he’ll definitely notice!) I must also note that I originally didn’t want engagement pics…so I never thought this would be a problem (sigh!).
Post # 3
I’m going with two different photogs. We are going with a cheaper one for our engagement session since that’s not as important as the wedding to us. I don’t think it matters, its only business.
Post # 4
I have the same photographer but you asked for advice..
The truth is you can do whatever you want and don’t need to explain to anyone, your wedding photographer was hired to do a job and that’s it.
Now, if it was me I know that wouldn’t be enough, you feel a bit nervious about.. (let’s say) hurting someone’s feelings. If your booked photographer says something you can always say someone gifted you the engagement session.
Post # 5
I needed to hear this! It really is just business. More than anything, I just didn’t want him to not give a crap about our wedding…but in the end I want what I want and I’m going with a different engagement photographer 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
I find it weird that you would love his wedding style and not his engagement style. Obviously you are able to book with whoever you want!..I know from where I am, photographers usually include a free engagement session with their wedding packages.
Post # 7
@TattooedChick23: if it was free I would’ve taken the chance! No wedding photographers I talked to offered a free engagement session unfortunately 🙁
Post # 8
@starlight1222: I would advise against this, for a few reasons.
You want to be comfortable around your photographer, and an engagement shoot helps with that. It’s good to have a friendly rapport with them before you spend a whole day with them around- and one of the most important days of your life at that!
As well, if you love his wedding photographry, then how different can the engagement pics be? By all means, show him lots of examples, be assertive in where you want to do the shoot, how you look, if you want to use props, or re-create something cool/beautiful/funny that you saw on Pinterest. Photographers are visual, so SHOW him what you want.
lastly, every photographer that I looked at included an engagement shoot in their packages, so that’s strange you say yours doesn’t. Maybe by even mildly “threatening” that you are considering another photographer for yor e-shoot he will include it for you!
Post # 9
I’ll have the same photographer for both, but if you want another photographer just for engagement photos go for it.
Post # 10
Pictures are everything! if you honestly do not like the photographer’s style i would seriously tell the photographer that you decided to get someone else.. Yes, lying is bad and you can come up with any type of excuse such as:
1. Our budget has decreased and i have to go with someone else.
2. With the acknowledgment of the person i would blame the switch on someone else. If this were happening to me i would blame my mom and say she really wants this particular photographer and since shes paying for it i have no choice. (my mom would be fine with it as long as it makes me happy and i told her in advance).
Post # 11
We went with the same person for both our engagement/wedding.
It might help to add that if you have a certain idea in mind of what you want and or you have examples saved make a style board of it. Show it, tell the photgrapher exactly what you’d like. A true photgrapher will work with you, even if it is out of their comfort zone. In fact, if you ask and you are denied what you seek then perhaps you could ask for a reimbursment for part of the package or if possible switch it to something else you might have wanted that he/she/they might offer.
You’ll never know unless you ask though!
Post # 12
The ONLY reason I have two photogs is because the one I wanted for my wedding was already booked. We booked another for the actual wedding, but the first photog’s work is so amazing we had them do our engagementphotoshop and they will do a mr & mrs when we get back from honeymoon.
Post # 13
I’d be concerened about someone whose style is not what you want for engagements actually shooting your wedding. Most photographers maintain a consistant style across the board. What is it about their engagements that you don’t like? Honestly I would not be comfortable having someone shoot my wedding if I didn’t like ALL of their work.
Post # 14
Are you sure you love his wedding photography style? I would think that his engagement and wedding photography styles would be smiliar, so I’m worried you could be disappointed in your wedding photos. If you want something specific for engagments why don’t you jus ask him?
We used the same photographer for both engagements and wedding, but we love her style.
Post # 15
We are using the same photographer for both the e-session and the wedding and we love her style. That being said, we had friends who had a destination wedding and they had a different e-session photographer and wedding photographer. I don’t think it is a problem to have two different ones assuming the costs are worth it to you. Our e-session is included with every package so it was essentially “free”. I do find it interesting that you like his wedding photography style but not his engagement photos.