Post # 1
My venue recommended a well known photography company that ranges from 3K-8K–the company is located only 20 minutes from us. I’ve also found someone who is located 1 hour away and is around $3K. Here are the pros/cons below–please let me know what you think! The only thing that really concerns me about the solo photographer is that right now I’m trying to set up a consultation with her but she cannot come out to meet us in our area since it’s really far with traffic–so she wants us to drive to meet her at some half way point (but I wonder if this could be an issue later when she has to drive to do an on site visit, etc.).
Comapany: a bit more expensive, but they do have rates similar to the solo photographer
we do get to pick the photographer from the company (among 8)
located closer to us
have more experience with our type of wedding
Solo pho: costs less
love her romantic/vintage style photos
she’s been in the business for 5 years only–so not that much experience
she’s at least an hour away–mightl present a problem later?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
The problem with a large company is that most of the time, the contract let’s them send whichever photog they want to send. The portfolio pictures you see might not be the work of the photographer you get. What’s more, companies like Bella Pictures are known to be erratic with quality and lockstep about editing.
I’d much rather work with an independent photog, personally.
Post # 4
@mink: Thanks, I just edited the post to show that we do get to pick the photographer from the company.
Post # 5
I would still go with a solo photographer. Even though you get to choose your photographer, most of those companies have the option to substitute whoever they want. You need to choose someone whose work you love, and who has a personality that you “fit” with.
As for the drive the solo photog is concerned about. If you book her, I highly doubt she’ll have any reservations about coming to you for a session. It may not be “right”, but I would imagine that she is concerned with investing a lot of money (gas, travel time away from the office) into a meeting that you may not book.
I will happily drive 30 minutes to meet with a perspective couple. I’ll happily drive an hour to meet with a couple that has already booked, or even drive that far (and longer even) for their session. That being said, I’m not going to spend $65+ on gas and time away from the office to meet someone who may/may not book. I do feel it’s appropriate to meet them half way.
I drove an hour to meet a couple for a consultation, and they ended up going with someone cheaper (which is fine, everyone has different budgets) and didn’t even have the courtesy to call and let me know. I only found out when I followed up with them. They had not been totally realistic about their budget, and I was pretty annoyed they had me come all the way to them when they already knew I was most likely out of their budget. After that I made the decision that I would not be traveling that far for consultations anymore, and I am okay taking the risk of not booking a client because of it.
Post # 6
I pretty much second all of Starfish0116’s points.