Very Specific Photography Concerns

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I book this photographer/planner?
    Yes of course! You're getting a good deal! : (1 votes)
    5 %
    No way, keep looking! : (16 votes)
    73 %
    Maybe - wait a few months : (5 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I would not book somebody who’s work I didn’t have total confidence in, honestly. I would first find out what your true budget for photography will be, then I would find all potential photographers before I made a decision about that. Let your friend know that you appreciate her input and are going to think on it.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @sauerdragon:  It’s… odd that she includes her services for free if you book this guy. Are they romantically involved, or something?

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @sauerdragon:  I may be confused on this but it sounds like you’re letting your want of e-pics sway your wedding photographer selection?  That’s the wrong approach IMO.  I would rather have no e-pics or have a friend (non-pro) take some pics of us than sacrifice quality of my wedding photos because I had to stretch my dollar to cover e-pics.  

    Instead of looking for a “good deal”, set your wedding photography budget & work hard finding the best talent you can within that budget.  Make the e-pics a secondary concern.  

    Post # 6
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    1500 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sauerdragon:  

    I’m seeing so many red flags. You need to stop letting other people’s opinions / offers of help influence your photographer search and do your research on your own.

    1) The photographer’s website is not very appealing.

    A photographer’s website is a reflection of their aesthetics. If their website looks crappy, then I take issue with their artistic ability. This is a red flag

     

    2) So I checked his facebook link and I saw more of just his work, which looks really good to me. I’m worried though because out of all his shoots, only one seems to be from a wedding and its from a wedding very different from what mine will be.

    Also a red flag. You want to hire a photographer who has shot MULTIPLE weddings and who would be able to shoot a wedding that is similar to yours comfortably

     

    3) I have not actually talked to the photographer.

    Also bad. You should be talking DIRECTLY to the photographer

     

    4) I am worried that it is too early to book a photographer. We want a specific day in october 2015 but we haven’t booked a venue so it could change.

    Yep, it is too early. Get your venue booked first, then photographer

     

    Post # 9
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    1500 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sauerdragon:  Just be firm but polite.

    “Thanks so much for all your help! Given that I do not yet have a wedding venue or date, I prefer to postpone the photographer search until I have more solid plans in place. If I do want to go with your friend, I will get in touch with him directly. We really appreciate your offers of help, I need some time to step back and talk with FI and do more research. We will let you know if you have questions!”

     

    I’d also hide your FB post about wedding photography being expensive. When I planned my wedding i kept most things off FB so that people don’t get up in my business.

    Post # 10
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    1500 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sauerdragon:  BTW the one photo you showed has too many problems. I’m a professional photog – that photo is over edited, the dress is overexposed, the crop is weird, you can’t see any details in it at all. The framing is not interesting (not sure if that is a portfolio image… if it is, YIKES!)

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @sauerdragon:   I just looked at the photo you linked.  I’d suggest starting over with a fresh idea about the photographer.  A good photographer is an important element of your wedding and you don’t want to make a rash decision early on in the planning.  Give yourselves time to visualize what you want for your wedding, the venue, etc and then you will find it easier to choose a photographer – and will have done more research in the meantime!!

    Wedding planning including DOC for free???  OMG, I just got an estimate for DOC (not a planner) and it was close to 2,000.    Methinks they are romantically involved.  😉  

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @sauerdragon:  There are just too many negatives with this guy. 

    A crappy website, for a photographer, is unacceptable in my opinion. Your website should be a direct reflection of your style/vision/brand. I would be questioning his artistic ability if he had a really ugly website. I am NOT a web designer, but I know my style/brand and knew what I wanted in a website – and I hired accordingly. 

    You shouldn’t hire any vendor that you have any hesitations about. Period. The minute you started second guessing if he was the right photographer for you, he wasn’t. 😉

    It honestly sounds like he’s inexperienced. I came late into the game, so I didn’t get to see the link (I’m guessing you took it down?) but based on other’s comments he didn’t sound like a good plan. Having only one gallery, which I’m assuming was of the same wedding? I personally just wouldn’t take a chance on a newbie. 

    Do you have a budget you’re trying to stay within for engagement photos? I would start by searching for photographers what have work you love, and then go from there.

    Post # 15
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @sauerdragon:  I wouldn’t go through with this arrangement because you seem unsure and although they said no hard feelings if you don’t go through with the wedding day, you never know. I would look into having the engagement shoot in your hometown, if you are up to this and if it is a possibility.

    It is not too early to start planning. I am planning a wedding for September 2015 and just booked photography because I want an engagement shoot as well. But we booked her for both engagement and the wedding at once because I already have my venue booked. 

    Post # 16
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    4163 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    You have plenty of time- don’t book this guy. There have been too many unhappy bees posting afterwards about how a sucky photographer ruined their wedding pix.

    Your good friend from growing up- how do you like her photos? Is this just something she does on the side? You could do a (long) day trip with her up to Philly for your engagement pics. Still make sure to get a contract, and pay her something to avoid complications.

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