Post # 1
It just so happens that we don’t have 3k to drop on photography. We don’t even have 2k. I know its an investment, I do. I wish we had the money to invest. We are planning after a postponement (a cross country move caused this!) and now we are back to planning. All of the students or people starting out that we were in contact with jumped dramatically in price (one guy from 529 to 2250). Our dilema is this-do we get a few more hours and hire a decent photographer. OR do we get one we really like for only a few hours (think 2-4)? What would you do?
Post # 3
Has anyone else been in this situation? What did you do and were you happy with your choice?
Post # 4
Oh its tied! Darn thats no help. We picked an amazing photographer who isnt that well known, but his work is amazing. It took quite a bit of searching though.
Post # 5
@JenniferMm: The reason I choose get a decent/good photographer for a few more hours is so you don’t miss any special moments. To me, it would be better to have good pictures of all my wedding than only a few great ones of half of it.
Post # 6
I look at photography this way…I am honestly only going to hang 1-3 wedding photos tops in my home. The rest will be fun to look at after the wedding, then again in like 10 years lol
I could not justify spending any large amount of money on a photographer, even though they take amazing photos.
I hired a local photographer thats ok, for $150 for the whole day. Surely she will be able to capture at least one photo I love!
Post # 7
This is a tough decision. I voted for more/longer hours, because my wedding day was a big blur (only a few key moments stand out in my mind) and seeing the comprehensive, 800+ photos over 10 hours, really helped me to recall the entire day.
But I do understand and appreciate the value of a good photog. I was lucky enough to get a part-time job (which I could do at home, at night) which paid for my *previously under budgeted* photographers. I love every one of the photos I got back, and after reading some of the horrow stories on here, I’m glad we went with a reputable pro!
Post # 8
Oh boo, I just put the poll at a tie again. I agree with PP who said only a few photos are used for wall hangings and such. Could you do a combination where you hire a great photographer for the important stuff plus formal poses and find a decent one for afterwards to get more reception candids and stuff? Also, if you have friends and family share photos with you, maybe you can get them processed by graphic designers or whatever after the fact for some artistic effects?
For example, I’d love to have some really artsy photos of me and MOH getting ready, but I’d rather have our photographers’ time spent for formals, ceremony, and at least the first half of the reception. I’ve got a decent camera that captures raw images, so I’m going to have another friend take pics of getting ready time then having someone else do some post-production magic to clean them up as much as possible. Just a thought. Good luck!
Post # 9
I think it depends on how much you and your fiance really care about the quality of the photos. Both my fiance and I have fun with amateur photography and love art, so for us, getting the best photographer we could afford was a must. So for me, I’d get a better photographer for less time (like ceremony, portraits, small bit of the reception). But a lot of people, like my mom, don’t care about the quality of the photography that much and would gladly go cheaper for more.