- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2010
I am torn between two photographers.
8 years experience, great photos online and from a link they sent me, referral from a friend at work that I trust, I have spoken with them on the phone and asked all of the appropriate questions and felt comfortable and happy with the responses, also met with them in person and asked further questions, still liked them. Two weeks ago, was 90% certain I was going to pick them. I did discover yesterday, in person, that they are a little shy. They take a lot of great candids and some traditional.
My sister asked me if I would be interested in her wedding photographer. I asked how much and she told me. Way over my budget. So, she emailed them and asked if they would be willing to work within my budget – they said yes because of the relationship they have with my sister. (She still uses them for her kids photos.) They have 20 years experience, well-known in the wedding photography community, traditional photos online and from a link they sent me. I spoke with them on the phone and felt they were a little pushy because I explained my limited budget, even though they had agreed to work within my limited budget. They told me that photography should be 20% of your budget and that the average wedding in Minnesota is $28,000. My budget is dramatically less than the average. They asked who else I was looking at…I told them. She said I should be aware of certain things with photographers, i.e. do they use lighting in the church, do they refer to a list when taking photos, how many photos do they take, etc. It was an educational phone conversation and they obviously have a knowledge base that I trust. I feel bad that I am going to get them at a reduced rate. However, they are okay with it and confirmed that with me today via email.
The issue is that Option 1 is in my budget and Option 2 is not, however Option 2 said they would greatly reduce their price (40%) because of the relationship they have with my sister.
I feel that Option 1 would do a fine job, but should I trust an 8 year veteran over a 20 year veteran? My sister trusted her wedding photographer with Option 2 and I don’t have any formal proof of Option 1, other than the website and the additional links they sent me.
The question remains….how do you really know if a photographer will do a good job? Is is the subjects of the photographs? Is it the personality match between the bride and the photographer?
Part of me is afraid to hire Option 2, with the fact that I am getting them at a reduced rate than what they normally charge. Will they be bitter that I’m not paying the full amount? Will they do a sub-par job?
I’m torn and looking for advice.