Which photographer to go with?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer would you book?
    Local, affordable photog : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Local, budget busting photog : (8 votes)
    31 %
    Elopement photog willing to travel and affordable : (16 votes)
    62 %
  • Post # 3
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    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’d go option 2 but photography was really important to us, so we splurged on the one we loved.

    Edit: sorry for some reason, I thought you said you were really into option 2.  I like both 2 and 3, but personally like the style of option 3 more.  Good luck!

    Post # 4
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    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I really love the style of photographer #3 the best. I think her pictures are more in the moment- very natural.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1840 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    #3. Plus, she’s willing to travel and does what you want. Pretty pics!

    Post # 6
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    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @salejolie:  I really love the style of #3 and the fact that he/she specializes in elopments is great.  The price (and no travel fees) is a bonus! That is a great price!

    Post # 7
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    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would go with #1 or #2. Melia is my favourite of the two. Since your FI is a photographer, who is his favourite? 

    There’s a few reasons i wouldn’t go with #3. First being the fact that it just doesn’t make sense she she wouldn’t charge travel fees. I looked up how much it would cost to fly from NY to Vancouver for the weekend, and the CHEAPEST flight and hotel I could find(which is the airport super 8), is $1053, then you factor in a rental car, food and all that fun stuff and she has literally LOST money shooting it. Maybe she meant without a fee, like a fee tacked onto her packages? I know some people who charge extra for destination weddings (since you’re not just losing one day, you’re gone for multiple). The other reason I would go with the others is because the border between canada and the states is not a forgving one. Photographers cannot get one day passes to shoot in the other country, since there is no lack of photographers in each country. The only time a photographer would get one is if they’re highly sought after, and have people backing them wanting them.. those people are usually celebrity photographers etc. SO that being said, travelling across the border with a bunch of camera gear sends a bit of a red flag, especially if she’s travelling alone. I noticed on her map of where she’s travelled, Canada wasn’t pinned so she might not even be aware of how strict the border is with this sort of thing. That’d deter me personally, because I woudn’t want to worry that she’s not going to get into the country, and then end up hooped for the wedding. 

    Since you’re eloping, have you thought about having it on a weekday? You might find more photographers are available, and since it’s a weekday elopement you might even get a bit of a deal. My personal favourites in Vancouver are Nordica http://nordicaphotography.com, who specialize in intimate weddings and elopements but I imagine they’re probably even more expensive (I can’t say for sure though), and Dallas Kolotylo http://dallaskphoto.com

    Post # 9
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    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @salejolie:  Is she travelling alone? If your fiance brings some gear and it’s the two of you, it most likely won’t be an issue since he’s on vacation (also not sure where you’re from but travelling within canada won’t be an issue at all) and with his soon to be wife, and won’t be bringing as much as a working photographer. Nordica is based out of Vancouver and Europe (there’s two of them, one who primarily shoots in canada, the other europe). Vancouver has a LOT of really talented photographers, I wouldn’t bother with the hassle of bringing someone from out of country personally. For instance, if she gets hurt or sick.. who is she going to have cover? A local photographer will know and have access to lots of different talented people. 

    Post # 10
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    457 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I like all 3 of their styles, but I like 1 & 2’s styles the best. But with one not communicating well, and another super expensive. And 3 is willing to travel without an extra fee, maybe go with 3?

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