(Closed) The photographer hunt continues *face palm*

posted 7 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We did the exact same thing.  I let the FI make the decision. I followed and negotiated but I let the FI do the picking. We decided that esentially our engagement session was the test.  Most of the photographers in our area do the engagement photos when you have just paid the deposit. Our photographer was $3500 the deposit was 10%. We negotiated at no extra charge for a disk and the rights to the engagement photos.  I figured if I really hated the connection on that day and didn’t love the e-pics then I really only lost $350.  I’m glad he did the picking though. Our e-pics were amazing and the connection with the photographer was even better. I don’t know if this helps, but putting my self into “this is just a test” took a lot of the stress off about maybe making a wrong decision.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m having the same issue. I just took about 2-3 weeks off of the photographer search and am STILL in the same place. I have met three people and have the same mix of emotions and reactions you had. Are you getting married in D.C.? I’d love to share notes on photographers. I have a whole Google spreadsheet!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@prettylittlemess, I am getting married in DC too and have been struggling with finding a photog myself. We settled on someone who is going to do our e-pics, and then if we decide we like them, will hire for wedding too. Would love to share notes too!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Have you met with Daniel McGarrity? He’s from DC area but is willing to travel (hence why he’s our photog). I was super impressed with his pictures online, but actually meeting him was much better.  He got on great with FI (who is super camera shy) and that was important for us.  Here is his website – feel free to pm me if you have any other questions.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Now that the wedding is over, my biggest photographer advice would be that it is of the upmost importance to click with a photographer personality wise … next to your husband, they are the one you spend the most time with, and how you feel about them will play itself out in your pictures. I loved our photog so much that I have had coffee with her a couple times, and will have a lifelong relationship with her as far as future maternity/baby/family pictures goes. I could not see entrusting anyone else with our day. 

I think that is super important, because you need to believe in them and trust them, because they have such power over capturing your memories, and you need to be secure in the fact that they will do right by you. Due to our relationship with our photog, I never worried for one second about the pictures we would receive!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I feel the same sigh.  The only photogs I like start at like 3500 and if you want an album, DVD, e-session all of a sudden you’re paying like 5500.  That is not a big deal, but Im trying to cut back on our pic costs cause now I want a videographer. sigh. 

And then to find someone who (beautifully) shoots black people without making them look ashy, pasty, or just plain crazy?  Good lord it’s like asking for water in a desert.  I mean, isn’t DC like 40% black or something, goodness! Do I have to go get the Obamas’ photographer?

 

@prettylittlemess: please share your spreadsheet!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Aubergold: your Obama comment also made me fall out of my chair!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@prettylittlemess: i second (or third) the reuqest for your spreadsheet! i think i have some good info too although i haven’t met with anyone in person since i don’t live in the area. i’m coming down next month to meet with a few and hopefully click with one and hire them. i’ve found a couple people in frederick that i really like and have better rates than dc-based photogs.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@rachaelrobin:  ahaha, Im serious. What is his name, Pete something?  I’m going to go get him even thought he probably costs my entire wedding budget!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@rachaelrobin: Yes that’s him, lol Thanks.  He probably starts at 20k, HA

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I feel you, I am on the photog hunt as well.  Talk about stress.  MY FI said he “doesnt care if a high school kid does our photos,” then he thought about that and said, ”no, my uncle can do our photos.”  Um, yeah if your very important Uncle doesnt mind not being in any photos and spending the whole evening working.  lol, my silly FI.  So it is up to me to find a photog.  I think I am going to splurg and go with the more expensive one instead of looking for for a good less expensive photog.  I am too stressed to look at any more photos. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Here is the link to my Google Spreadsheet. It is VERY rough, but it has names and basic info. There are other photographers in the area, but they didn’t strike my fancy, so they were left off the sheet. Also, I kept all my notes on there, some may be useful some not:

Washington, D.C. Wedding Photographers

@Aubergold: I told my FI that a photographer was great because they had really good shots of an African American bride and groom in their portfolio. It’s a great test of a photographer’s skill.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Oxon Hill Manor

Hey ladies! It’s so good to hear that I’m not the only one who struggled to find a photographer! I was so so so so so (times 1000) overwhelmed by all the vendors in this area! We’re exploding at the seams in DC/VA/MD with amazing photogs and it seemed impossible to narrow down the list of those I liked!

Have you heard of http://www.wpja.com? It’s the Wedding Photojournalist Association website and it’s super easy to search for photogs in the area. Some of them have prices listed and even a calendar to see whether they are booked or not! Another cool website is http://www.loveolio.com/. Apparently, some of the best photogs in the world are listed there!

Through word of mouth, I found someone way out of the area, in Maine whose website I loved – the website was a big part of the decision for me, cause if it wasn’t new and awesome, they weren’t the one – and she offered to waive travel fees. Another photog in NY offered the same thing. My point is that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just photographers in the area!

Lastly – and I’m definitely not trying to sound like an expert here, it’s just that this has been our hot issue the last month and I’ve learned a lot – don’t settle! Keep looking and take breaks like prettylittlemess. I second MsMini , too, in that you want to LOVE your pick. The photographs will be a reflection of all your hard work and planning, so it’s gotta count!

Good luck ladies! I’ll be back by to see how the search is going. Keep us posted!

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