Post # 1
We’ve narrowed our list down to 2 photographers who capture the emotional, candid style that we want and are also available on our date. The problem? Their prices are comparable, but what they offer for those prices varies greatly.
Photographer A does not have a second photographer unless you buy the $5000+ packages, which we are not willing to spend. However, for his $3000 and $4000 packages (8 and 10 hours respectively), he offers way more than photographer B. He includes a coffee table album, full rights to photos and all digital negatives on a DVD, and 4×6 prints of the first edition of every photo taken, plus 100 second edition prints. He also includes an engagement session, including a photo album from this session.
Photographer B includes a second photographer in all packages, but offers a lot less for the same price. $3200 gets you 8 hours, and $4000 gets you 10 hours, with both packages including ownership of all “high resolution edited images.” Also included is an engagement session, including a guestbook for the wedding with photos from this session. You can order photo albums, etc. from this photographer but they are seriously expensive. There is also a possibility that the high-resolution edited images will be watermarked and unmarked photos will be $3 each, although I’m waiting to hear back from them about this matter.
Both photographers include online proofing in all packages.
So, here’s what I’m wondering. I know having a second photographer is a huge bonus, but is it more important than having all of the printed photos and an album?
Thanks in advance for your input!
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
For me a second photographer is more important. If you have a disc with rights to the images you can always do prints and create your own album later at a much cheaper price.
Post # 4
I prioritized having 2 photographers. We’ll have the option of adding prints/albums after but we’re having 2 photographers all day and that was the most important to me…I hope I’m right! (We’re getting all images on a disc too)
Good luck deciding!!!
Post # 5
I think it depends how big your wedding is and your own personal priorities. We’re having a small wedding so a 2nd photographer would be kind of silly, but if it’s a big wedding it would be nice.
Post # 6
Eeek. I would go with Photographer A. It will be worth it to have all the negatives, and I’m sure 8-10 hours of shooting will capture ALL the pictures you can imagine! I don’t think having multiple photographers is worth not having access to all the pictures at an affordable price. That’s my opinion!
Post # 7
I think ArtBee makes a good point – we’re having about 180 people and I really want to cover as much as possible but if it were a small wedding it wouldn’t make as much sense to me…
Post # 8
I’d go with the first one because it sounds like he is giving you a lot for the price you pay. But if you can get the second one to give you all the images on the cd without watermarks then I would go with him. You can take that cd and make your own album (that’s what my fi and I will be doing!). Plus it would be nice to have the second photog too. So see if you can get option B to take the watermarks off, and make sure you have in the contract that the images on the cd will be hi-res and have no markings on them.
Post # 9
I had only one photographer, the main photographer, with all pics on disk so that I could have them printed into an album at Costco for only $80!
Post # 10
To me, this decision would hinge on whether or not those pictures were going to cost me $3 each. Yeah, it’d be great to have a second shooter, but not to just get watermarked pictures. The first one seems to have a decent price and while you may not like having just one photographer, I’m sure they’ll be able to get everything you want if you get enough coverage hours and provide a shot list.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I too, prioritized a 2nd shooter over an album, figuring it would be a fun project for me to work on after the wedding 🙂
Post # 12
I would go with A but only because we are having a small wedding with less than 50 people so a second photographer is not needed. I also think you are getting more for you money. Are you sure you cannot add a second photographer with A for like $500 or something. Ours had a seperate list of al la carte prices. I’d double check because that could make all the difference since you get more with A’s packages
Post # 13
We’re going w/2 photographers. I want to make sure every moment is captured. We might upgrade to the next level for a few hundred dollars more which would include the album but at this moment, we not.
Post # 14
We are having 100 guests and I thought I really wanted 2 photographers but when faced with a similar dilema, we decided to go for one photographer and the book for two reasons. First, the single shooter offered full day (unlimited hours) coverage which was a huge plus. Second, and most related to your dilema, I read the threads on here about bried who had the best intentions and never made a book. I like knowing that we’ll have at least one book shortly after the wedding and not have to worry about making it myself. I’ve made a few photo books in the past but I’m sure our photog has much more layout experience than me so I think we will benefit from that as well. Good luck in your decision.
Post # 15
Thank you all for your advice! At this point, I am leaning towards Photographer A. Reading Photographer B’s rates more closely, it really does seem that I’m going to have to pay $3 for every photo that I want without a watermark, which means I will *never* own every single photo they take unless of course, I pay an additional $3 for every single photo, which would surely cost at least $3000. As much as I would love to have a second photographer, at that rate, it would make more sense to pay $5000 to Photographer A (and thus get the second photographer but also get all of the printed photos and an album).
Decisions, decisions! Thank you for your help!
Post # 16
i went with two photographers. my photographer is amazing, but i’m only getting 7 hours of coverage. that should be fine though, because photographer A can shoot me and my girls getting ready, and photographer B can shoot FI getting ready, so we probably won’t need more than that..
having 2 photographers was more important to me, because they will not miss a thing!!