Post # 1
Which would you prefer?
A photographer who is going to give you photojournalistic photography (which is what my heart desires, since at the end of it all, all you have left are the pictures and video), with nothing else other than the touch ups and rights to all pics? Or a photographer who will give you “typical” wedding photography but clearly not up to the level of advanced or pictures that make you stop and just stare for a minute before going to the next, but who will include 2 more hours of photography on day of, a 30 page custom wedding book, rights to all pics -with editing of course, and 300 4×6 printed out and put in a regular album for you, aside from the custom one?
As much as the second one is offering, there’s no comparing the photography. The first photographer mentioned has a way of capturing the moment, bringing the pic alive. Before being engaged, I used to think that the latter place did nice pictures as most of my friends had used them and I had seen their pics. Now… that I’m shopping around and seeing what’s out there, I can clearly see the difference. Very skilled photographers create different images.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that the first comes with the main photographer plus one more, her assistant. And the second deal is just one photographer. Personally, I really like the idea of two photographers; hoping more precious moments can be captured that way.
Post # 3
@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
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
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
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
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
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 # 9
I do agree with you guys… I wanted to make sure I wasn’t crazy for most likely deciding to not go with the second one since it’s not only cheaper than the first by a lot, but includes all those extras. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if the second photographer does BAD pics, they’re just “typical”, no uniqueness, no wow factor.
And I REALLY don’t want to have wedding regret afterwards on my pictures for obvious reasons.
Post # 10
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
It makes absolutely no difference how cheap a photographer is if you don’t like their photos.
Post # 12
@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
There should be a mix of both in a good wedding photographer.
Post # 14
- 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
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
It sounds to me like you’ve already made your decision. 😉