Post # 1
I have recently been through the daunting task of choosing a wedding photographer. Given that the 5th June 2013 is probably going to be the most important day of my life, I wanted to make sure that I chose the best possible photographer for my budget. I wanted to be sure that I got this right, having read some horror stories about unhappy brides and their photo’s I knew that I need to research and choose my photographer very wisely.
I found a great article on about how to choose the right photographer, so I thought I would share it with other forum members who perhaps are going through the same experience. I met with many photographers, and being aware of what to look for and what to ask, it really helped. I was amazed how many were not insured or registered.
Post # 3
Some of it is useful. Some is just geared towards telling people the way he likes to do things is the right way. Money back guarantee? That’s kind of an empty promise. Who returns their wedding album?
Post # 4
Some good tips but I disagree with some. First off price is going to depend largely on where you are located. Here in the Boston area $2k is really low and you most likely will not find someone who is both skillful and experienced for that. Let alone adding an album to it. Also, we do not offer a guarantee – of course we would work something out if a client didn’t like their image. That has never happened and I don’t foresee it happening. I have heard lots of horror stories of couples claiming they “don’t like their photos” trying to get $ back from the photog, only because they have buyers remorse on how much they spend on the wedding. Also, we do not take CC the same reason as well as the astronomical fees the CC companies charge. It’s way to easy for someone to just do a charge back these days.
Post # 5
^ I agree with all that but the article was from the uk and the price was in pounds. But I super agree on charge backs. Learned that one the hard way!!
Post # 6
- professional equipment with backups
The important stuff:
- a personality that compliments yours
- experience with weddings (not necessarily your venue, but wedding experience)
- work that you love and do feel the need to change (i.e. if you are asking them to do something that is outside of their style, something is wrong)
- look at a full wedding – not just a blog post
Remember to not get caught up in stuff – you can ALWAYS find a photographer willing to include more things or do it cheaper. Spend your money getting the best possible professional to be there on the day and worry about albums, prints, and all of that later if it’s not in your budget now.