(Closed) Bees help! Should I go with this photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hmm……..I had this same dilemma. I ended up with the photographers I LOVED because my mom offered to help pay because she knew these were photographers I’d been wanting to work with (stalking for years actually). I found some others I could have been content with, BUT one was booked and the other called me after my mom gave me the greenlight.

Honestly after looking at both sites I think you are getting a steal with the first photographer (esp. with her tacking on an extra and having shot at your venue). They are both talented in their own right. I do understand what it is like to have something holding you back though. However, if you absolutely cannot move your budget go with the first photographer and find pictures (perhaps make a Pinterest boards) with inspirational photos. I don’t think you would be disappointed at all and you don’t want to throw yourself off financially:) 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It depends on how important the photography is to you. I don’t like the style of the first photographer and would not pay $1700 for her.  Photography is one of the most important things to me so I would do whatever it took to get the photog. I really wanted.  The second one you love is far superior quality of work in my opinion.  Are you in the PA area? (I saw the second photog had a Penn State shoot). If so, check out Melissa Manzione and Natalie Franke – they’re amazing and their prices are reasonable for the quality (probably in the $2k range but worth much much more than that!)

Post # 5
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Newbee

I definitely understand the budget concerns, but for the differences, number 2 is really the way to go.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

That’s not a huge difference in price, but the second photographer definitely has a more creative style about her.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

In pictures with the bride + groom, there is not a single shot focusing on the groom and almost all of them show only the side of his face. 

I liked a fair few of the pictures. However, even though the bride looks beautiful and the side of the groom’s face is fascinating, so many of them look stiff, like they had to smile for just a smidge too long before the picture took. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah I would have a problem with paying 2 grand and not having my photographer there for the whole reception. You never know what fun things will pop up later in the night. And personally, I had a “last dance,” and I know that that was a special moment that I will treasure having pictures of. By then most of your guests are too tired/ drunk to take pics or have left already. I wouldnt want hours of my reception go by without documentation.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow… I just reviewed the links, and are you sure you put them in the right order? Maybe it’s just a matter of taste but I dont see the draw in the second photog at all. I think the first one has better pics by far.

Also, if neither of them seems ideal… why not keep looking?

Most photogs should be open to the beginning and end times depending on your needs… the fact that your fave isnt would make me uneasy. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

First off budget willing the photographer should be willing to cover as much of your day as you want them to be there for.  That being said if you have to choose where to spend on the money in hours in our experience the beginning moments 9 times out of 10 heavily ourweigh most ending moments at receptions in terms of emotion, and art.

I am however I’m in agreement that unless your approach is to document the ENTIRE day, getting there as the bride is having her makeup put on is usually a good starting point.  Most weddings we shoot we are there about an hour into open dancing.  It’s honestly pretty rare that there is a send off or an amazing final dance.  They are awesome when they happen, but it’s rare to have a crowd with that sort of energy.  And while it’s true that dancing photos get better as the night wears on, you can only have so many dancing photos.

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