(Closed) What do you look for when choosing a "good" photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee

My top two priorities are pictures I like and someone I get along with. If you think they all look basically the same and would be happy with any of them, go for a photographer whose personality meshes with yours the best. 

My good friend is an intern so she’s doing my pictures. I love her work and we get along amazingly. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Experience and quality of work are high on my priority list. I also look through their customer reviews available on sites like yelp.com. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@indecisivebee:  If the quality of their work seems about even, then meet a couple and choose one that you could see having fun hanging out all day with.  Or one that seems most responsive/eager to work with you.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I chose my photographer based on a past experience with him (he photographed my FI’s cousin’s wedding), as well as his portfolio.  His pictures are more journalistic than posed, which is what we want.  After talking to him on the phone, he seemed very friendly and is excited to meet us.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

One that can tell a story and can implement your vision of what you want and he can give you some suggestions you may not have thought of.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I focus on the style/quality of photos, reviews and most importantly, if their personality as a photographer makes me feel comfortable. If I don’t feel comfortable, then it will show in photos.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I was searching for pictures that were naturally pretty and relied more on quality skill and natural lighting rather than using editing and putting in all different effects.  I wanted my pictures to be timeless and not appear trendy when I show them to my children down the road.  Also, the personality of the photographer since I knew I’d be spending all day with them.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

If you don’t genuinely love their work, or get excited about the prospect of spending the day with them then keep looking.  Photography is subjective, but I’d suggest looking for a good website with an up to date blog.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am in this boat and am looking for a certain “style” of photographer. I can’t really explain the style, but I guess it’s kind of like photojournalism mixed with fashion? I don’t know lol. But when I see the style I like, I just know it. Huh. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I looked for someone in my price range, who had my same philosophy on wedding photos (a few posed, but mostly just capturing people in the moment!). Once I had it narrowed down to 4 or so, I looked through their portfolios to see whose pictures seemed to be polished (good lighting and color) and well-edited, and whose subjects really shone through the photo. Some were so much about composition that the people themselves seemed secondary. The one I chose was the one whose portfolio I was halfway through before I realized some of these radiant people were, in fact, probably ordinary-looking in real life – she captured their happiness so well, they all looked beautiful. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Image Quality, Consistancy of work, Style, and Personality. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@Nurse_Bee:  I think what you are looking for is a mix of “photojournalistic” and “editoral” style photography.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

We definitely wanted someone who produced pictures that we LOVED and got excited about. They had to have lots of experience and their work had to be consistent. The pictures had to look timeless (:

We got our dream photographer, and although we had to splurge on them, it will be totally worth it. I wanted them to do our wedding for a couple years now and I’m just so happy that we got them!

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