Post # 1
Option A: 675 for 6 hours
Option B: 875 for 7 hours
Jessie & Val : Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
They both have knot best of wedding award things. Option A has been in the business for longer while option B is in his 3rd year. I didn’t even want to spend money on a photographer initially but I do want my day documented and I don’t think friends/family would be the most reliable choice. Opinions please?
Post # 3
@lilek22: Best of wedding awards (Knot, Wedding Wire, whatever) mean absolutely nothing. Just means you have decent reviews. Neither one of them is very good in my opinion, but you’re not going to find stellar talent in that price range. Ultimately it depends on what your expectations are and how much you are willing to pay. It doesn’t sound like photography is a huge priority for you so maybe either of these two would do.
Post # 4
@lilek22: Ehh… photographer A has some pretty boring shots and a bit of all over the place editing. Photographer B has some blurry shots that should have been clean, but a ok artistic eye. I don’t see either as signficantly better than the other.
If photography is something that just isn’t that important to you, I think you’d be fine with either but I’d probably lean towards B, only because by your wedding he’ll likely improve in skill and maybe be doing a much better job than currently. If A has been delivering the same boring photos for a long time, chances are she’s not improving any time soon.
Post # 6
I would say B but those prices are really concerning when I see the quality of work from B (not bad at all, definitely expecting worse for 7 hours coverage at under $900). I would be concerned they are not insured/aren’t paying taxes/may not have back up gear at those rates but you’d have to sort that out with them or decide if it’s something you care about. Those are not profitable rates if they are paying for all of those things so that’s where the alarm bells go off for me.
Post # 7
I’ll ask about insurance and back up gear but unfortunately a 1000 max is all I can afford for photography as we’re trying to keep our wedding under 4k total. I’m in my first year of medical school and my fiance is still in college so we’re tight on finances. Not everyone has a 3-5k to spend on photography or wants to go into debt for it.
I hope to do a vow renewal in 10 years when I am actually making doctor money but for now I’m having a small wedding from the money I get from a research stipend this summer.
Thank you for those who recommended photographer B, he’s my first choice too but even the 200 dollar difference is concerning to us.
Post # 8
I’d go with Option B. Option A is, like the other bees said, boring. B captures more emotion and more of the atmosphere, and I actually looked at each photo instead of flipping past without paying much attention.
Post # 9
I would definitely go with B – I actually think he does a very decent job for the price. A is just… no. I hate to say this, but those pictures look a lot like what you would get if you had the pictures done by an “uncle Bob” who recently bought a dSLR.
Post # 10
Option B, for sure. Option A seems to be lacking in creativity and the editing is pretty minimal.
What else does that price get you with each one? I would be sure they include fully edited images, and download and print rights, at a minimum.
Post # 11
I would go with B. I checked out his blog, and he seems much more creative. I would spend the $200 more on him if those were my only two choices.
Post # 13
@lilek22: Given that $1000 is your max, I think B would be a great option. I think their work is relatively good for the range and it is by no means terrible. You are right, not everyone has a huge budget for photogs and I think option B would give you memorable images for a reasonable rate. Don’t feel pressured to spend more if you cannot afford it or do not want to.
Sorry that some bees can be a little rude about this topic.