Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
So I’ve been looking around at photographers and I’m curious what you bees have done….this summer we wpuld like to get family pictures with my stepdaughter, next year our engagement, then wedding, maternity, baby, toddler, etc….should I stick with one photographer for all or mix them up? I’ve found two I really like for everything but then do I interview them and tell them I’m looking for an all round good photographer?
Post # 3
We’re going with two different photographers. Our friend who is starting her photography side-business did our engagement/STD photos and they are awesome! But, we’re inviting her to the wedding as a guest and would not want to her to tied down photographing the day. We’d much rather have her enjoy the day with us. We’re going to be inquiring with another person we met at college a few years back who has a photography side-business that is blooming and we love her look.
I think planning as far ahead as getting pictures done with children that may or may not be here already is a bit much. If you like the person who does the family pictures, ask if they do engagement pictures. I’d take it one photoshoot at a time to see if you like them. They might do great family pictures, but not so great engagement pictures, for example.
Post # 4
I’m using several, but I’m in a unique situation. I’m a wedding photograper, as are many of my friends. I didn’t want to choose one over the other for my wedding (plus I want them to be guests) so I hired out of town. I *love* my wedding photographer, she’s amazing!
My Fiance is super hard to pin down for engagment session b/c of his busy work travel. I’m using a local friend for engagements because I know we can work on short notice. My wedding photographer travels all over for weddings, and teaches workshops, and I would feel aweful having to cancel on her if he got stuck somewhere for work. I would really like to try and plan one with my photographer as well, or my bridals at the very least.
ETA: As for finding someone. Their website/porfolio will be a good judge of what they do. Many of my friends ONLY shoot portraits or ONLY shoot weddings. Some, like myself, shoot both. If you’ve found one you like ask them about shooting a family session as well. They might refer you out. Personally, I don’t shoot newborns so whenever I get an inquiry for that I always refer it out.
Post # 5
I always recommend you go with the same photographer for your engagement and wedding photos. That way you will get a chance to get a feel for the photographer and their style outside the craziness of the wedding day. You will find a much higher comfort level and the photographer will already have experiece with you and your fiancee.