Post # 1
hey ladies. here is the NEXT photography dilemma. i picked an amazing photographer. as i am sure with most, a lot of the options are ala carte.
choice 1 (most expensive): 8 hours with photographer + assistant (not second shooter), 9×12 album (flushmount or matted) with 65 images, digital files, online gallery for print ordering/viewing
choice 2 (middle of the road): 8 hours with photgrapher + assistant (not second shooter), 8×10 album matted only, with just 30 5×7 images (no involved layout), digital files, online gallery for print ordering/viewing
choice 3 (most affordable): 7 hours with photographer + assistant (not second shooter), no album, digital files included, online gallery for print ordering/viewing
ala carte items: engagement shoot, extra time, second shooter
engagement shoot is a must. i always said i would have one. second shooter WAS a no-brainer for me, but considering this photographer never works with one, adding one on is going to cost a big chunk. i really wanted one for another perspective and for peace of mind (so that i feel better about coverage overall), but i think i am willing to let the second shooter thing go if i can have 2 hours of extra time. if i do not have a second shooter, i would like to have 10 hours. with a second shooter i would not mind 9 hours. THEN there is the album dilemma. i am not yet sure if i want flushmount or matted yet, but i DEFINITELY want more design to it than just 5×7 images. i have expressed my concerns to the photographer about which package to choose and inquired about album upgrades, but i haven’t heard back from her yet. she originally said the first choice would probably work best for me, but then i would have to let go of all the other things i thought were important to have a nicer album. there is a $1000 difference in the 1st and 2nd choices, and a $2400 difference in the 1st and 3rd choices. BEES, help! i’m not sure what to do!
Post # 3
oh, and keep in mind that i have worked with websites/graphics for years (although i am no pro) and i have created a few photobooks for myself. i have read some resources and information on companies that submit orders to professional printing/album makers for you. so i think an amazing album could still be at my fingertips even if i take matters into my own hands. i just don’t know if an album is worth $2400 vs having 9 hours, a second shooter, plus an engagement session and then having the option of ordering/designing the album myself somewhere else. i’m sooooo torn!
Post # 4
I think you can put together your own album. It seems like you are pretty meticulous in your choices and have fine tastes, so why not take out the guess work and put together something that is completely on your level and to your liking?
Susan’s work is so consistent, you could put together any photograph in a book in endless ways and it would look good.
Speaking of Susan, it’s ALL your fault that I can’t stop thinking about her , LOL. My Fiance is not amused and thinks my tastes are just to high and that we can get a photographer for like, $2,000 or less. I know we COULD, but I know that I generally can’t a) find a photographer in that range these days and b) that that kind of photographer skimps on something, whether it is quality or hours, something is going to go missing if you are skimping on photography costs in the metropolitan area.
Post # 5
If it’s between having an album OR an extra hour and an engagement shoot, then I would definitely give up the album. You can always order one through her at a later date, or make one yourself, since you seem to have experience with it.
Post # 6
hhaha all you voters out there who picked choice one don’t seem to understand that would really make her pretty much out of budget for me to add on all the stuff that’s really important to me. i’d probably be kicking myself for going that route and then wishing i’d had all the extra stuff since it’s one or the other.
i spoke to my mom who agrees with me. she thinks we shouldn’t spend the money for an album that i will feel pretty lackluster about (the plain 5×7 image one) OR give up all the extra time, second shooter, or engagement session we wanted just to have a nicer album when she thinks i could do it myself. so i think we are going to go with the lower option and load up the time, second shooter, and add an engagement session 🙂
@LuckyJuls: sorry :blushing: she is amazing and i am glad i finally decided on her. i was debating about packages last night in bed and laughed out loud at my SO’s face when he found out how much we’re spending on photography. lol. most of it will be my parents but i am contributing as well to help them, but it was funny 🙂 he chose her pictures too, so he’s at as much fault as i am 🙂
Post # 6
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