(Closed) What to look for in a photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 

 

It really depends on your style. I had no idea what my “style” was either, but there was a certain type of photo that FI and I really liked and once we noticed that we were really into photojournalistic (More in the moment photos than posed stuff), we started searching. 

After I had chatted with a few different photographers and met with two or three in person, I went with my gut. I wanted someone that I felt comfortable with and didn’t feel like I was paying them to shoot the wedding. I wanted to feel like it was a friend who I could talk to and be totally comfortable around. After all, these pictures are going to be around for the rest of our lives and I want them to look awesome!

You really want someone who you can rely on. Since I used to own a graphic design company, I focused on guaging communication skills. I gave people 24 hours to respond to an email (even a “I’m busy, I’ll email you later” message). Truthfully, 99% of the population of the USA has email features on their phones. There’s no reason someone can’t shoot you a quick email and at least aknowledge your existence.

From there, it really was about how willing was this person to work with my budget and what were the differences in packages? For instance, the photographer we wound up going with wanted $1500 for her package that included the following

  • All day coverage
  • Unlimited photos
  • All photos in color AND in Black and white
  • A DVD slideshow
  • An online gallery
  • A lifetime ownership of all photos
  • Printing authorization      

Another photographer that we were considering wanted $1400 for 

  • 4 hour coverage
  • 200-300 Photos
  • All photos in Color
  • Online Gallery
  • 6 month ownership

 

So for $100 more (and way more flexibility with budget/payments) our photographer is giving us TONS more stuff. 

 

When it comes down to it, you need to figure out what matters to you most. Obviously you want someone who you and FI are comfortable with. But from there, what do you feel would make you comfortable with spending thousands of dollars and having a person take pictures for one of the most important days of your life? 

Post # 5
Member
3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Budget, style, portfolio from start to finish of a wedding, testimonials, editing skills, availability, and professionalism 🙂 you have to like what you see as the outcome of their work 

Post # 6
Member
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

What to look for in a photographer (from a pro photographer and soon to be bride!)

1. If you’re going with a budget/amateur photographer, ask to see at least two or three weddings that they have shot in full…. to make sure that great portfolio photos are representative of all their work.  And there’s nothing wrong with that!  I’m a budget friendly photographer but I am very proud of my work and I have no problem sharing it with brides.

2. Pay attention to, not just whether photos are more posed vs candid, but also the overall tone.  Some photographers go for more vintage-y edits, lighter faded colors… some for vibrant colors… some for lots of sun splashes… some for more gray tones (when I was searching for our photographer I found one I loved except for the gray tones she used in editing… so I had to pass as I prefer brighter, more natural colors).

As for the “photojournalistic style”…. in my opinion, all true pros will/should be taking a mix of both candid moments as well as making sure to get those posed shots (because I promise you, you will WANT that posed photo of you and mom to frame… more than 25 candid shots).  But don’t ignore the candids either!  My point is, most pros will make sure to cover both, and that’s what you should look for in a photographer.  I’ve seen a lot of posts on here from brides who got their photos back and loved the journalistic ones, but were in tears because the photographer had neglected to take even one photo of her and the groom looking at the camera together.

3. Professionalism/quality of service is important!  But it’s tough to know this before you actually book unfortunately. 🙁 I have experienced this particularly with my photographer but some of the other vendors too…. once they have the money, responses to questions/overall pleasantries and level of service seems to mysteriously decline.  I try never to do this to my clients!  But you won’t know how they’ll deal with this until the money’s in their hands.

4. Of course, what is included for the price is also very important!  If you like two photographers equally, then it makes total sense to go with the one that gives you more for your money.  But don’t sacrifice quality for price!  $500 may seem like a lot, but if it makes the difference between professional photos you can be proud of and the heartache of realizing your photos are terrible… money is so much less important.

Post # 7
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32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Pacificgirl I don’t think 99% of people have email on their phones. That seems incredibly high. i do but i just got it.

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