Thoughts on this photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

He has a few nice pictures but have you seen a full wedding? I’d be worried that you’d mostly get portraits, and only a few would be good. The number of pictures is concerning to me. That’s on average one picture from every two minutes. That’s not a lot. I had my photographer for 8 hours and ended up with over 1k pictures.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

HonoraryNerd:  also, I’d rather pay more to have more images, and not as many prints. What are you going to do with prints of every single picture? I’d rather have 600 pics and make an album on mixbook that you can actually look through

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

HonoraryNerd:  150-200 (retouched, I’m assuming) photos seems to me to be way too few for a wedding, I got 95 from our engagement shoot, which was part of our package but $600 a la carte. Speaking of which, I think you should do an engagement shoot with whoever you hire, so you get an idea of how they take pictures of you before the wedding. In my mind, you should get at LEAST 300 retouched photos on a DVD or something with full printing rights, and I’m not sure there’s really any point in getting prints directly from the photographer unless they’re giving you a really good deal.

ETA: As far as what’s a reasonable cost goes, that varies widely depending on region. Do your research and compare different photographers in your area using weddingwire or something. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  ladyamalthea.
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

For comparison: Ours was $1200, included an engagement session, the rehearsal dinner, 2 photographers for the wedding (9 hours each), and a photobooth for the reception. We didn’t get prints though, just digital images that we could do whatever we wanted with.

Just from the wedding, we had over 1,600 photos. I’d be nervous about only getting 200 photos…that doesnt seem like very many. Plus, like PP’s have said, you dont really need prints of every photo. I’d rather have multiple photographers and not the prints…and much much much more photos.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

HonoraryNerd:  I like some of his pictures and really dislike others.  I would definitely ask to see a full wedding set of pictures so you will know what to expect.  Also, think about what you’d do with all those prints…maybe you could negotiate the price for less prints and more digital copies?  Or if you’re ok with number of digital files, maybe just get the price down?  

I think, mainly, you’ll want to make sure this is the style you want!  That’s the most important part, being satisfied with your pictures and knowing the the photographer will help things run smoothly on your day without getting in the way.  Make sure you read his contract before making a decision!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I agree with PPs about the number of photos. It seems like the average is 50-100 photos per hour, so you should be expecting 300-600 photos. I think that you’re probably getting a decent deal regardless of your area, but maybe you could ask him to cut out the prints and just deliver more finished images on the CD. I’d like to be able to choose on my own which are good and which aren’t (allowing them to cut out anything that’s blurry or just completely horrible, of course). We got 197 from our 2-hour engagement session, and there were a few that our photographer didn’t particularly love but still gave us because they were technically sound. A lot of them are my absolute favorites because they capture a look my fiancee gives me that makes me smile or a moment I know we were giggling about an inside joke or something. I’d be bummed to have missed out on those!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

HonoraryNerd:  Id would be worried about the # of pics more than anything. We got our photographer for just 3 hours and we have nearly 500 photos…. Out of those I would say between 75-85% were good and useable while the other tiny portion were just off a bit.

I would ask him if you can get access to at least 2 recent full weddings. We did this with our photog who usually only posts maybe their best 10-25 on their website- honestly with 400+ pics pretty much anyone can get a good 10 with photoshop nowadays. You need to see how his work compares overall, not just the cream of the crop…  Also I would ask him about digital images as well and printed rights- while alot of photogs now are happy to give you digitals instead of prints, many charge extra for the rights to print those photos- ask about print rights and/or a shared copyright (thats what our photog does standard).

It’s not weird at all to ask for references! In fact, I just got an e-mail from a bride asking what we thought of our photographer. I gave him permission to use us as a reference if we needed, so it wasn’t like it came out of nowhere & I enjoyed his services & company so I was happy to help! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

50-100 photos per hour is pretty standard in the industry, but there is a LOT of factors that can influence how many photos get edited from a wedding. I’m not sure why people get so hung up on quantity when quality should really be the primary concern.

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