Which would you prefer to have?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer would you choose?
    The one with very talented, artistic, beautiful picture taking. : (107 votes)
    96 %
    The one with standard wedding pic taking plus all the add ons. : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    5392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Diamond84:  The talented one, no question.

    We’re only getting a small album included for what we’re paying (though we’re very happy with coverage etc), and will have to get a larger album for an anniversary gift as we can’t afford to stretch to one.

    Style was the most important thing to us and if that had meant sacrificing 2 hours of coverage, then provided we got all the shots we wanted within the coverage included, then so be it.

    We were absolutely not prepared to sacrifice style; I’d sooner have slightly fewer awesome photos than lots of ‘meh’ photos.

    Post # 4
    49 posts
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Go with the talented photographer. Have you asked if you could add on hours? I typically do 6, 8, and 12hr packages, and will adjust to my client’s schedule if needed. All of those add ons with the other photographer, you can do yourself as long as you have a print release.

    Post # 5
    761 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Go with the guy who has better photos. You can find someone else to design a custom album for you, or even do it yourself. I would rather have photos I love that capture the moment, than a bunch of blah photos I wont care to see over and over. 

    You can actually get cheaper prints by printing yourself anyway. I work for a reliable photo printer that sells 4×6’s for 17 cents…a lot of photographers will charge up to $5 for one 4×6, since prints are part of their money-making. You just need to find a place with quality printing that doesn’t just auto-print everything, or else you can get wacky colors. 

    The extra 2 hours is nice, but not worth it if you wont even love the pictures!

    Post # 6
    2419 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The talented one. There’s no amount of albums or prints that are worth a light if they merely consist of disappointing photographs that you don’t love.

    In fact, it is quite often the case that you’ll get a surprising amount of add-ons from less talented photographers. They’ve got to sell their services somehow!

    Post # 7
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    You pretty much answered your own question by describing the two and saying the second one doesn’t compare. 😉 Albums and all, not important. If you have the rights to the photography, you can get pictures printed as you want afterwards. The pictures and style is all that should matter ; what you do with them after, is not a priority (especially if you end up hating your pics). 

    Post # 8
    445 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    The better photographer. You can always make your own album (snap fish, etc) and get your own prints done too. 

    Having all the extras the second photographer offers isn’t going to matter if you don’t like the pictures

    Post # 10
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Definitely the talented one!

    I just made our 300 photo album. It cost $50 and took about 4 hours. Definitely worth the DIY!

    Post # 11
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    It makes absolutely no difference how cheap a photographer is if you don’t like their photos. 

    Post # 12
    1290 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Diamond84:  Absolutely agreed with pp’s, go with #1.  You can always create your own album later, but you won’t want all the extras if you don’t like the pics (if you go with #2)!

    Post # 13
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1994

    There should be a mix of both in a good wedding photographer.

    Post # 14
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

    Another option is to keep looking until you find another skilled photographer that offers some extras in their package…not just editing and rights to the photos.

    Post # 15
    4739 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    This should definitely be a no-brainer, but it’s all going to boil down to what is most important to you. I tell all my (potential) clients : TIME and image quality is something you can *never* get more of after the fact. Hire the best photographer you can, for as long as you can afford. Albums, prints, canvases, and even digital files are all things you can purchase later after you’ve had time to save up for it. You can never get more hours or better quality once the wedding is over.

    Post # 16
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    It sounds to me like you’ve already made your decision. 😉

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