(Closed) Any photographer bees have trouble looking for their own wedding photog?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I had a terrible time, and i’m just a wanna-be photog. With big big opinions and a not so big budget, it took me forever to pick a photog. But ultimately I found one I liked πŸ™‚ 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@diamondscan your post gave me a good laugh. I too despise colorized{spot color}, out of focus, badly lit, and over or under photoshopped images. I leave websites if the first image that pops up doesn’t wow me or if I can’t find to turn off the bad music ruining my Pandora station experience. The other thing that super bugs me is ALL the flash template websites. Logo and images are different but the sites are all the same.  I am lucky though we belong to an amazing network of awesome photogs so it was more like deciding which friends were going to friends and who was going to work. Out of 80 guests 22 of them are wedding photogs.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I feel your pain… I was SOO picky about picking a wedding photographer (haha.. picky about picking… uh, nevermind me! haha).  Thankfully, I’ve found one I am really happy with.. If you’re willing to work with travel expenses, I suggest looking into Drew Carlson Photography. I dont know your budget or exactly what you’re envisioning but I figured throwing an idea out there won’t hurt! His website is http://www.drewcarlsonphotography.com. Good luck!!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m a novice photographer, but also kind of a photo snob. I was really picky and it sucked because I had a small budget. I ended up going with someone out of budget but I really love her work so I’d rather pay for her than have photos I hate.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

yep, fi and I are both photogs who speak and teach in the photography world. When we got engaged we chose the date, then our photog. We had discussed it before we got engaged and the decision was almost too easy for us.

http://www.edpingolphotography.com

He uses the same lighting techniques we teach and is SUPEr fun to be around.

If you want to see our engagement photos, head over to my blog – http://www.suzymin.com

I haven’t blogged since I put the photos up so it’s the first entry! πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

OH MY GOSH I had so much trouble with this. It took me months to find one… and as it turned out, it was my mentor who was right there the whole time! So difficult.

After a certain point, you are really not hiring a “photographer” so much as hiring an artist… so finding a style you like is really important. Knowing this helped me get beyond things like exposure and lighting and so on. Good photography, excellent photography, makes you forget about all that.

I found that since I am not quite into trends (photoshop actions and such) I was led towards photographers who were film shooters or otherwise technically brilliant, and people who focus on moments as they happen, as opposed to lots of posed or stylized shots which may lend themselves to being laughed at 25 years from now.

My favorite eye-candy classic-style shooters include Holger Thoss (shot Darcy Miller’s wedding), Christian Oth, and Twin Lens.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I studied photography in college, so I already know I’m going to be SUPER picky when it comes time to choose my wedding photographer!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I always knew who I wanted, so we actually consulted him before we went to the church to set a date!

With Tim, I know I can sit back and totally enjoy the day without wondering, where’s the photog? Is everything going well? I trust him 100% and we’re alumni of the same university so I kinda like the supporting alumni aspect as well.

http://www.timwill.com

http://www.timwill.com/blog

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think I went with the first photog whose work I loved that was actually under 10k… which surprisingly narrowed my choices A LOT. Maybe if I hadn’t worked for photography magazines for two years, admiring the work of the absolute BEST photographers in the United States at the time, I wouldn’t have started with such an elite list of ridiculously expensive choices πŸ˜›

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@diamondscan: Obviously, the biggest part about the difference between photographers, is the Post work done on the files. It’s been floated around pro forums about “If a photographer requests RAW files would you hand them over?” Very very few said, “Yes.” It’s kind of like tracing out an image on canvas in pencil and then selling it as a paint by number… 

It may be possible, but do not be surprised or insulted if photographers tell you, No. Most will. 

The photographer we hired has a great eye…. is super talented, but I can’t edit the way he can. I could still make them look good, but they wouldn’t be his, nor would they be why I hired him. They would look like they were mine… which…. is fine… but I’m not paying him for me to do the work πŸ˜‰ Besides, I don’t know about other photographers, but when I’m shooting… be it part of the day, posed portraits, etc… I’m visualizing the outcome already in my head… which contributes to the way I shoot. I feel like I would be at a disadvantage to my “editing” if I hadn’t actually shot the image. Can I? Sure, but it’s not my vision… it was someone elses. Technically, I could, but I find more value in finding someone I trust and not “working” on my wedding day. 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@diamondscan: I don’t see the harm in asking if your photographer will take “no edits” photos, but can see an issue arising where your photographer would not be happy with someone (besides themselves) editing their photographs later… hope that makes sense.  But yeah, definitely ask!! There are definitely some flexible photographers out there!

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