Post # 1
Ok ignore my last post. We’ve narrowed it down to three photographers with pros and cons.
Professional local to our wedding. This is by far my favorite but is the most expensive at $1275 for 5 hours plus a dvd of all the pictures. I love her pictures though and she is local so knows the area.
Professional that has to travel. This is someone my mom knows who is a professional. He’d give us a discount making him about $620 for all day coverage plus the dvd. I’m not sure yet about travel costs. I’m just not positive how I feel about his pictures. The price is good though.
A friend who is local to the location. I’ve known this girl forever and she has shot weddings before. She just graduated in May and her pictures are fantastic. She’ll charge $650 for five hours plus a dvd. She hasn’t really been great at responding though (I know she’s moving but it worries me) and is it worth the risk since she isn’t a seasoned professional yet?
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
Feel free to leave any helpful comments that come to mind too : )
Post # 4
For me, it is photographer #1 without a doubt. The work looks much more modern and I prefer the framing and lighting.
I’d be wary of going with the friend if she hasn’t been the best at responding – you need someone who’s on the ball when you’re in the last weeks leading up to your wedding and have a million things going on. Good luck!
Post # 5
I would rule out option #2 right off– it sounds like you don’t like thier photography.
If it were me, I’d go with #1, despite the higher cost, you don’t have to deal with any friend kind of issues when you are paying someone you don’t personally know and who will be under contract and has a reputation to uphold.
Post # 6
I haven’t looked at the websites, but based on your comments, photographer #1. At the end of the day, all you’ll have (other than your husband and a wedding band) is the pictures of your wedding and the memories from that day. Do not hire a photographer you aren’t crazy about and do not hire a photographer that isn’t responsive.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone! I was leaning toward the first photographer. I just don’t want to take a risk on our wedding pictures which can’t really be redone later if totally messed up. I’d go with the girl I know but she just isn’t responding. Like I said, I know she’s moving cities but she told me she’d have the pictures to me by last Monday (that passed) so I emailed her and she said she had packed the samples up so she’d have them to me by last night. Nothing has arrived in my email yet.
Post # 9
I think that photos should be an investment and since you love the first photographer, I think you should go with that! Also, I think that $1250 is a super decent price for a photographer (ours is $2700 for 8 hours)!
Post # 10
We are on a budget but I just don’t want that to compromise our memories. I don’t think she is necessarily out of our budget as much as we were just trying to keep things as inexpensive as possible. I just look at everyone’s wedding pictures and I think it’s a good thing to invest in (photography, food, and my dress were my most important things, in no particular order – besides my fiance of course)
Post # 11
its important to understand that the photographer that has to travel will require lodging. Which could bring the price up significantly. Plus, there’s no reason to use someone who will have to travel unless you absolutely CANNOT live without them. if you like some other photographer better, then don’t go with the out of town photographer.
Too, the local photographer is likely to know your reception and/or have shot there before, which is also important because they know the space and how it photographs.
Personally, I WISH our photographer was $1250 ….we are paying $5000+ for photography. I would pick #1 hands down, wouldnt even give it a second thought. If youre paying a grand for photos you want to LOVE them. 🙂
Post # 12
Number 1 hands down. After looking at the pictures. I know that the price differential is a little high but that photog surpasses all the others!