Post # 1
So we had to look for a new photographer when we switched wedding locations (I posted about travel costs). We found a photographer that said she’d charge $1275 for five hours and a dvd of images (which I know is a good cost for Charleston, SC). However, I know that a girl I went to school with just moved to Charleston, she’s photographed weddings, and she just graduated with a media arts degree in photography. She quoted me $650 for five hours and a dvd. What would you do? Both are one photographer only with three locations (we are indeed on a budget which is why our wedding was changed to a smaller semi-destination wedding).
Post # 3
Credentials and price don’t matter nearly as much to me as the artist’s portfolio. I would ask to see samples of their work and pick the one whose photos I liked more.
Post # 4
Have you viewed the work of your friend? If possible, ask to see an album from a previous wedding (any photographer can occasionally take a good picture, especially shooting digital films and viewing all of the photographs from one wedding will give you a better idea of your friend’s work.) Hiring a young photographer can work out great – some people have gotten amazing deals, and they are very happy with their pictures. But it is very tricky to photograph a wedding – a white dress is difficult to light properly, especially against the groom’s black suit or tux. With experience, photographers have a better sense of where to stand ahead of time and how to shoot unobtrusively. Some bees have been heartbroken when they took a risk on a young photographer – it really needs to be your decision, based upon your personal priorities and budget.
Post # 5
I have to agree with SweetMelissa on this one. Photos and Videos are all you will have to remember your wedding. It is not really an area I would skimp on. Take a look at both portfolios and see what style you like most.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone! I asked and she said of course I can see pictures of the other weddings she’s photographed and she’s going to send me a list of people who don’t mind giving reviews for her and other examples.