Post # 1
So my fiance and I have a limited budget as we are paying for most of the wedding ourself. Last summer we booked a photographer that was really nice, easy-going, and most of all cheap. We paid $800 for engagement, and full wedding coverage. The average is like 2,000 in our area.
Lately though I’ve been looking at all of these wedding photos that are beautifully soft, romantic, with this photojournalistic, story-style to them.
Here’s an example of our photographer’s work:
And here’s some other area photograher’s work:
Theirs look sooo much better! Do you all think maybe it depends on the look of your wedding and not the photography? Do I want to spend an extra $1,000 on photography??
(Oh also, my photographer is weird in that he sends me texts like “when u want 2 do eng shoot”. He’s a nice guy but damn you think you’d learn how to send messages to your clients professionally!)
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
Hm. He sounds kind of unprofessional. I do think that spending a little more on a photographer is worth it (this is coming from someone on a budget!)
Post # 4
Remember that your backdrop, lighting, etc will be different from all of theirs. Our photographer has us email her pictures of what we are looking for or special poses that we want to incorporate. Can you do this to show them what you are after? Maybe those other clients of theirs were after the looks that they got.
Post # 5
Because you are going to cherish your wedding pictures forever, I would shell out the extra cash.
Post # 6
I say stay with the one you have. 1000 is a lot to spend. And you could use this on your honeymoon. Remember that photographers are artists… they are not usually sociable people. Mine is very quiet and hard to get in touch with! But his work is great! I would just stick with him and realize that sometimes, even though they are weird that its ok because they focus on their artwork, not being a socialite or being polite even! It doesnt mean their work is bad.
Post # 7
You pay for what you get. Your photographer is priced low for a reason. I’ve seen worse, but he’s by no means amazing. I’m mainly worried that in the first picture, the bride’s eyes are slightly out of focus meaning he may use a cheap lens (and he didn’t position himself to get rid of the awkward chair on the right in the frame), and the exposure or processing looks off in the second.
Post # 8
My photographer is only 300 and she does pretty freaking awesome stuff…. I thinky alot of it depends on the style of the photographer and the wedding- The camera the photographer has etc. it depnds on alot if your gut is telling you something else you can. I personally know I couldn’t if your budget allows for you to go ahead. my 2k budget didn’t allow for anyone else and luckly my photographer was in my favorites anyway.
Post # 9
@BrookeBQ: I don’t think this is always true =].
Post # 10
You get what you pay for. The text messaging is pretty unprofessional.
Post # 11
Go with the better one….it’s what I decided in the end. To me it seemed to hand over a little extra cash for better pictures was worth it, and I’m a pretty frugal person. I think it’s a noticable difference between the two you have posted.
Post # 12
You do get what you pay for.. They are your wedding pictures, you will have them forever and if it’s something in you feeling like this is a bad idea to stay with the photographer you have than don’t. Spend the money and feel 100% good about the person taken your photos
Post # 13
I would get your favorite (dare say most expensive?) photographer you can AFFORD and get the smallest package. I know so many people who have hundreds of photos they hate, and would kill to have just 10-15 they LOVE.
Post # 14
+1 to you get what you pay for.
A good photog can make a 5k wedding look like a million bucks a bad photog can make a 100k look like crap.
It depends on how much you value you photos. If you don’t like the images he posts then please do not expect your wedding to be better. You will just be setting yourself up for disappointment. Find someone who’s work you can visualize your wedding being captured that way.
Post # 15
Eek- I don’t really think you should be posting his pictures of other brides while basically commenting that you don’t think the pictures are very good.
If I came here and saw my photo on someone’s post I would be pisssssed.
Post # 16
Warning: Honest and blunt opinion of a professional photog:
You always get what you pay for. Your photographer probably isn’t experienced, and I say this for three reasons.
1. The photos are ok, but not great.
2. They text like a middle schooler.
3. No professional could survive doing weddings around peak season on $800 for wedding and engagement. It’s not possible.
If photography is important to you, you should spend the extra money. Yes it’s a lot, but just by the limited information you’ve provided I can instantly see that this photographer isn’t going to be what you want. So many non-artists don’t know the difference between good art and bad art, which includes photography. This accounts for the thousands of ‘photographers’ in the world, who went out and bought a camera and immediately set up shop. I’m NOT saying that’s your photog at all, they clearly have some skill, but the fact that you can see that one photographer is vastly better than another tells me you have an eye for these things and are probably better off spending the extra money if it’s not too late.