(Closed) Uh Oh! I'm in a bind!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which Photographer?
    Assistant : (33 votes)
    77 %
    2nd guy : (10 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would go with the second guy because it seems like that’s who you really want. Amazing pictures trumps everything else for me!

    Post # 5
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    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @lauraashley09:  Professionalism is super important to me. If someone isn’t professional, I wouldn’t book them. If I’m not worth their time, they aren’t worth mine.

    I think that the chemistry you felt with the first photographer and her assistant coupled with the fact that the price is way cheaper and the pictures are great should make your decision.

    Post # 7
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    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Trust me – poor communication from a vendor will drive you NUTS. Especially someone like a photographer who basically has your photos hostage after the wedding.

    If you’re happy with photographer #1, I’d go with them. If you aren’t, I’d keep looking. I would NOT advise working with a poor communicator. (My venue/caterer is a horrible communicator and I’m kicking myself over it… I knew it when I got into it, but now that the time is getting closer, I want to scream.)

    Post # 8
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    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Aside from your SO, your photographer is going to be the person you are going to be spending the most time with on your wedding day.

    If you feel like you connected better with the assistant, I would go with her. Ultimately, if you enjoy her company, then your photos will reflect it. You’ll look more relaxed, you’ll look happier and ultimately, your pictures are going to look better. 

    We just had to pass on an AH-MAY-ZING photographer because upon actually meeting with him…we found that we just didn’t click. Both the SO and I felt really uncomfortable meeting with him and things were just tense.

    I know from experience that when you don’t click with someone, the photos just don’t meet their full potential.

    I would meet with him anyway, get a feel for him. If you feel like you guys still don’t click….then go with the assistant.

    Post # 9
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    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @lauraashley09:  Also, I want to add that I think it’s really crucial that you get a long with your photographer. Could you imagine having no chemistry with your photographer and not understanding what they wanted you to do? It would be horrible. Pictures come out so much better when you love your photographer.

    Post # 12
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    3574 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would go with the first photographer.  Honestly, when someone tells me they have someone else looking at my date, I don’t believe them and see it as a dishonest selling tactic.  Like really?  Someone else is looking at the same day 17 months from now??   

    Post # 14
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    3574 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Wow that IS crazy!  Good luck tomorrorw!  Your gut will lead u in the right direction.

    Post # 15
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    372 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Wait, his website says he’s busy and don’t expect a reply?  That’s….so unprofessional. 

    Post # 16
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    10 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I agree that you should go with the first photographer. The “someone else is looking at your date” line is a huge turnoff, especially because it’s usually used as a dishonest sale tactic. Venues definitely book up 1.5 years in advance, especially around the summer solstice, but photographers do not usually book up that far in advance unless he’s some kind of VIP. And even if he were, he should have offered to meet and let you know of any potential conflicts once you had expressed intest in giving him the work.

    As a p/t wedding photog I wholeheartedly agree that chemistry with your photog is a priority. Your comfort level with the person taking your photos most certainly affects your behavior in front of the lens and will drastically impact your finished product.

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