(Closed) Anyone use The Pros?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I’m using them for the music, and I’m really regretting that I didn’t go with someone that I could meet and talk to ahead of time just to make sure we’re on the same page. I think you should just choose your photographer through them as carefully as possible… do they let you see the portfolio on the site? I can’t remember. I *do* remember why I chose not to use their videography: the only guy in my area with a sample video was all video of the bride’s eyebrows being plucked. I just thought, “who thought this was a good idea?!”

Post # 5
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I used them, and you really just get what you pay for (well, less than that, but wedding prices are all inflated!) If you are willing to give them extensive direction and are ok with old video equiptment (may vary by videographer, ours was HD but using an awful bright floodlight that ruined a lot of our dancing and made people he interviewed squint) and the DJ deciding to train someone at your wedding (and by train, I mean I think he let the guy run things and maybe that is why it was awful, although our guests didn’t know we didn’t want club music played…) it will work ok. The price is low for a reason. Buyer beware.

Post # 6
739 posts
Busy bee

I would do A LOT of research on peoples experience and make sure your read your contract and are completely comfortable with the terms. Big companies like the pros usually hire inexperienced photographers at a very cheap day rate. Only about $200 or so of what you are paying is actually going to the photographer.  They also have a bait-and-switch clause in their contract which means you are not guaranteed to have the photographers you meet actually show up at your wedding. If they own their own biz you take the risk of them getting hired through their own studio and bailing out on the pros.  I’m not saying this WILL happen, but I just want you to be aware of of the possibility of that risk.

That said it’s all a matter of how valuable photography is.  If you are just ok with just anyone showing up and ok with any quality of photos as long as you have them then go for it.  But, If photos are important to you then I recommend going with a smaller studio where you know the photographers and know the quality of photos you are getting.

Good luck!

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