(Closed) Anyone hire a new/less experienced photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
406 posts
Helper bee

Doing an engagement shoot really won’t tell you how they will do at a wedding. Engagement shoots are a very low stress, controlled, time unlimited, easy lighting environment. The exact opposite of a wedding day. 

Post # 18
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Our photographer had only done a handful of weddings but her photos were awesome and we were on a budget!

Post # 19
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MaryRachel:  A few years ago I was in a good friend’s wedding, and the photographer she hired was older, established, and had been in business quite awhile.  His rates were low for the area, and my friend trusted that his experience would equal beautiful pictures.  She was wrong — the pictures came back and she was disappointed with them.  She felt they lacked creativity or vision and wasn’t thrilled with the photo editing.  She said she felt like she could have had a relative take the pictures for free, and that she would have liked them better.

Our photographer(s) are young (in their early 20s) and thus, have less experience than other, older photographers, just by virtue of their age.  But Fiance and I were so drawn to their photos and style, and upon meeting them felt that they were both extremely professional and extremely easy to get along with and talk to. 

They are by no means INexperienced, they have done their fair share of weddings, engagements, boudoir, etc — they just don’t have the extensive portfolio that some other more established photogs might have.

Fiance and I weighed this and ultimately decided that the year that they were born has no bearing on their talent, dedication, or professionalism. 

Post # 20
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would ask the photographer if she can ask the couples who she has worked with if they would be willing to talk to / email iwth you – so you can get the real scoop from someone who has used her. 

If she is shady about this, I’d say it’s a red flag.  Of course, they could always say no, which she shouldn’t be faulted for, but I feel like at least one of them would say yes — if I had a photographer I loved, I would be more than happy to send an email to a bride considering my photog to tell her how much I loved her!

Post # 21
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MaryRachel:  We did this for our wedding and really lucked out. Our photographer was just starting out and had only done 2 weddings and a handfull of baby/senior year/other portrait sessions. We could tell from the photos though that she had artistic talent (something I think cannot be taught or learned no matter how long someone works) Something else to think about too, when we booked her she wasn’t very experienced, but by the time our wedding actually happened she had 15+ weddings under her belt. Now, a year later, she charges 2x what we initialy paid and we got a GREAT deal. 

Post # 22
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our photographer is fairly new. He’s done a few weddings and will have done a few more before ours. He’s also done family photos, grad pics, and a bunch of engagement photos. We were kind of nervous at first, but we just got our engagement photos done this past Saturday and they went forest. We both had fun and were very comfortable. My Fiance hates getting his pic taken so I was so glad it went well. He took about 500 pics. We got to see a sneak preview of 6 photos and I absolutely loved 5 and 1 was ok because my Fiance was squinting from the sun. I can’t wait to see the rest. We got a great deal because my FIs mom knows him. I’m glad we got the E pics done because now we don’t have to wonder how were gonna work together. He even joked around with us which was great. I’m so glad we chose him.

Post # 23
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MaryRachel:  I had a great experience with the photographer for my first wedding.  She was up and coming but she had a decent portfolio and her prices were well within my budget.  6 years later and now she is super expensive.  I can’t even begin to afford her prices now!  http://mistymiotto.com/

Post # 24
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MaryRachel:  Hi there!

We hired a photographer who’d done pictures in her home country of Russia, but was just starting her business in America.

We were a little nervous about her Artistic direction, etc., but we went with our gut and tried her out. Plus her prices were pretty reasonable. We didn’t want to go with the cheapest, and we didn’t couldn’t go with the most outrageous either.

She did a phenomenal job:

Post # 25
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My fiancé and I hired an up and commer. We haven’t had our wedding yet but we did engagement photos with her. She has never shot a wedding. Ours will be her first and I have ALL the faith in the world she will produce wonderful photos. 

Post # 27
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@emilygrace07:  Love love love. That was a beautiful wedding, and great pics too!

Post # 28
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MaryRachel:  I would look at her work and compare the venues pictured with your venue. If you feel they are similar and her photos are amazing than I would say try it out if you cannot budget for an experienced photographer.

If you feel that the venues are vastly different I would be careful. A friend of mine booked a relatively inexperienced photographer based on lovely photos only to discover that while she had some exeperience with outdoor shots and weddings, indoor she was a true novice. Most of her photos came out very dark with way too much contrast. She didn’t know how to properly use the available light and supplement with her flash. It was a true disaster to say the least.

Post # 29
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MaryRachel:  Thanks!  That is my absolute favorite picture from the whole day.

@Zavrazen:  Thanks you so much!

Post # 30
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Hi Bees!  This is really reassuring:)  We are on a strict budget for our wedding as well and looking for up-and-coming photograhers to capture our wedding day.  She is looking to broaden her portfolio, and the weddings I have seen look so artistic and beautiful.  I almost went with a more experienced photographer, but her portfolio just wasn’t the style I was looking for.  So sometimes the newbies are more willing to try new stuff, and I’m hoping it all turns out great on our wedding as well!  

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