Post # 1
I’ve been looking for a photographer and for a while I was having a really hard time finding any I liked within my budget. So one of FI’s friends suggested a mutual friend of theirs. He has shot 27 weddings and they thought he was pretty good. Plus he would give us a really great price. I however am EXTREMELY nervous about the thought of having a part time photographer (shoots only 3-5 weddings a year) shoot our wedding. All my friends who are married said their biggest regret was not spending more on photography because you pay for what you get.
Since this guy was suggested I found a couple photogs I really like who are in our price range. So I don’t know what to do. Should I give the guy a chance because he could be great and it would be nice to be under budget on something. Or do I go with a professional? And if so how do I tell my fiance I don’t want his friend to shoot our wedding?
I’m just so worried that it won’t go well and we will have spent all this money on a wedding and have no good pictures to look back on.
Post # 3
Ask to see photos from an entire wedding, like, all the shots taken, not just the “best ones.” I think it could be a great option….you could also check into local photography schools.
Post # 4
Having done 27 weddings is no small feat.
Is the person truly a pro and do they have the insurance your venue may require?
What’s your budget and what kind of style do you like? I am a photographer and familiar with the Pittsburgh market (I used to live there) so I can maybe make some suggestions to you just to compare to your friend’s work.
A lot of Bees will post the photographers they are considering on here for everyone to look at and give their opinion. Maybe do that if you are comfortable.
Don’t look on price alone—LOVE the photos. If it isn’t your friend’s work, just say you decided to go in another direction. It doesn’t offend pros at all. 🙂
Post # 5
Have you seen his portfolio? Do you like seeing the pictures he’s taken at other weddings? If you like it then I’d say go for it. If you don’t, then move on and find another photographer.
Post # 6
Keep in open mind and look at portfolios and complete weddings for all photogs you’re considering. Then make a decision based on the quality of the work alone.
Post # 7
He e-mailed me a few pictures, and they are all nice. A couple I really liked. But I mean 12 pictures isn’t really enough for me to feel comfortable. I’ll follow your suggestions and ask for an entire wedding so I can get a better feel! Thanks ladies!
Post # 8
Is there any way you can get some feedback from the previous couples he worked with? There might even be a yelp page or something similar about him online.
I absolutely refuse to book anyone without reading prior feedback. While their product may seem amazing it tells you nothing of the type of professional they are.
Post # 9
Do a quick engagement shoot to see what u think before booking. We r doing one for $100
Post # 10
I’m sort of in the same situation. When we first got engaged a friend offered to take our photos. He’s a professional videographer but not a photographer. I feel super uncomfortable with it. I’ve seen a few photos he done and they’re ok but not great, and he hasn’t done a wedding. I’ve decided to spend extra money to have a photographer take photos anyways. I’d suggest meeting with him so you can look at a LOT of his photos. 27 weddings is still quite a few, so he does have some goo dexperience. If you like them, and feel comfortable around him (another important thing) go for it. If you don’t get a good vibe go elsewhere. You can only take these photos once!
Post # 11
He doesn’t have a website?
Does he have insurance?
Does he attend seminars, etc, to keep his skills up?
Does he have his business license?
The wedding world changes so fast with photography that personally, I want someone who really is immersed in it, even if they aren’t full time. A website is a necessity to me when booking someone personally.
Post # 12
Something to keep in mind with a part time photographer is does do this enough to have back up equipment/good equipment. My photographer has doubles if not triples of all of his equipment. Where do you live? I am in Fort Worth TX and our guy is 895 for 8 hours, full editing and everything on disc w/ copyright release. We also chose to add 350 photobooth package.
Post # 13
I would not even entertain the idea of hiring any important wedding vendor that didn’t have a website. Especially photography. Your photographer should have the best visual presence online of anyone you hire for your wedding. 27 weddings at 3-5 a year, is over 6 years of part time shooting. I’m not sure exactly what that says about him. He’s probably a much better choice than people taking chances on someone who’s never shot a wedding before. But like so many of these threads in here, it really comes down to how much is it worth saving to take a risk? You only get to do it once.
As someone who does this for a living, I cringe when I hear about photographers who don’t have websites, or are charging $895 for 8 hours of coverage with a disc. Regardless of their talent, they just have no business knowlege, and that level of inexperience and disorganization is what creates horror stories, unsatisfied clients, and generally brings our industry down.
Anyways, sorry for the rant! My advice – meet him if you want, but if he is not able to show you a full wedding I’d look elsewhere.
Post # 14
Pay the extra money and get a full time professional. Period. This is one day you don’t want to take chances.
Post # 15
Our hotographer has a site and much more expensive packages. I just have no need for a bridal/engagement shoot or wedding book, hosted site with our pictures on it. I asked him why he had a cheaper packege and he said he saw no reason to cut out a huge portion of the market by not offering something more affordable.