(Closed) Advice when choosing a wedding photographer

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
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  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    ^ 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
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    The basics:

    • contract
    • insurance
    • 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.

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