What Photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The first photographer sounds like an amateur, not least because Facebook is not any sort of alternative to a proper online portfolio. The second sounds like someone who is actually a photographer although at $1000 he’s clearly going to be working at a loss.

But given the very modest difference in price and the fact that you like the second photographer’s work more, then I’d go with him. You could be taking a huge risk with the girl you used to go to school with. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would ask for contracts and compair the contracts that you get.  Something that really comfroted me when I read my pro-photographers contract was that if she got sick, she would find someone to replace her for me. 

Photos are important to me as they are the only way to remember the day after the fact. 

Post # 5
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3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Misswhowedding:  Just out of curiosity…would you expect the photographer to come if he/she was sick?  

OP, while I would usually say neither because I think Friendors are dangerous territory…could you post example pics of each photographer so we can get a better idea of their work?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@KateByDesign:  No, I wouldn’t expect her to come if she was sick, nor would I really particularly want her too.  I am glad the contract includes a back up plan if she is, since she is a one person shop. 

Post # 7
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3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Misswhowedding:  Oh I’m sorry!  I misread your original post and saw “concerned” instead of “comforted”!  My fault! 

Post # 10
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4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

OP,  one thing I’m not sure of from your post is whether or not either of these photographers have experience shooting weddings? That can make a huge difference in whom to hire- shooting landscapes/table top/corporate portraits aren’t the same as weddings.

In the scheme of things, $400 isn’t that much of a difference when you look at an overall wedding budget. I agree that a photographer with a backup plan is crucial-mine had a network whom he would have reached out to, in case of emergency.

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