(Closed) about to book the photographer when…

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Have you met with both photographers? If not, then I’d set up a consutlation with each of them first to see if it’s a good fit.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Just looking briefly at both photographers’ styles, Travis seems to have a really graphic style – rich color sense, shots with bold contrast, a mix of playful and serious, and a bit more "up close and personal."

Giselle seems to have a bit more of a romantic style – pictures are more grainy and muted, the love and emotion seem to be a bit more of the focus, and they seem to look in at the couple from a distance and then get closer.

Each photographer is going to offer something a little different, and it’s a matter of what style you’re going to want for your pictures. 

Styles aside, a lot behind choosing your photographer is how comfortable you are with them.  They say that you’ll be spending more time with your photographer on your wedding day than your own family, and therefore, you want to really enjoy them (the photographers) and have them bring out the best sides of you, since the pictures are supposed to last a lifetime. 

Like Angel said, set up a consultation with Giselle, if you haven’t already.  See more examples of her photos (some websites only feature the best snippets – look at a couple’s full day of photos) and try to get a sense of how she would capture your day.  Have you already met with Travis?  Go through the same process with him, if you haven’t yet.  And ultimately, go with your gut.  Choose the one you’ll be the happiest with.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

Awesome advice posted above me! Definitely meet up with BOTH photoraphers. Also, they should both be able to show you some examples of full weddings – that should narrow it down. Full weddings are so you can get a great idea of what to expect from beginning to end… Something like these…

http://www.bobbyearle.com/whiteweddings 

http://www.bobbyearle.com/thailandweddings

http://www.bobbyearle.com/christinaandbrady

http://www.bobbyearle.com/stephanieandmike

As a prof. photographer, full weddings usually cut off the fat when it comes down to wedding photographers. This should make it easier on you to decide once you have that down.

Also, be upfront with the photographer you almost booked. Just tell him that you stumbled upon another photographer’s work that you are interested in and need a little more time. I NEVER want my couples to book me until they are confident that they connect to me and my images – many photographers feel the same way 🙂

Hope that helps!

Bobby Earle

http://www.bobbyearle.com 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Of course you want specific types and styles of pictures – but you can convey some of that to your photographer of choice.  I think its more important to find someone you like, who shows some genuine interest in you and your event, and who will give you the time and attention you deserve.  You are actually paying for these folks to spend a whole day with you – not just buying a few photos to put up on your walls.  If you don’t click with them, you’re not going to be as happy with the work.  Definately go meet them and see what you think.  They should set aside an hour to talk with you, show you their work, find out what you want as far as coverage, learn about who you are and what your style is, and what your wedding will be like.  After spending an hour with each, you should have a pretty good idea of who you prefer.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I think that Travis’ style is much more creative than Giselle’s. They are both wonderful photographers, as far as I can see, but I would prefer Travis.

Post # 8
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Newbee

ask to look at their proofs, in addition to meeting with them.  i was going to book a photog who had great pics on the website, but when i saw the proofs, 99% of the pics were blurry, or poorly composed, or just…boring.  definitely not worth the price.  as i read somewhere, anyone can pick just the "pretty pictures" to post on their website; you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth with nearly every shot!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I would say find a person that is reliable.    Some photosgraphers have awesome photos, but are not really on the ball or as responsible.  Also make sure they’ll be in tune with your needs for the album or any other products that you want.  Some photographers, just make albums and such everything without consulting the couple first.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i like travis’ work more… but my opinion isnt worth two cents, so i say meet with both of them— who do you feeeeeel more comfy with?  theyre a huge part of the day and if yor’e not comfy then it will show in the pics…

good luck!!

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