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Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@CollegeBee3:   A 7D ! Yes!! I guessed right.   Well, I’d expect a 1D series camera body from a wedding shooter, but her flash is ok.  If the lenses are Canon they get a thumbs up from me.  

I will try to ignore her condescending statement about that sounding like gibberish to you.  *cringe*  

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Our photographer I found is $899. We met with him and I grilled the guy.  He answered every single one, professionally, showed us his studio and camera he uses (2K+ camera), and he has backups of everything, insurance, contracts we signed, etc. He told us he has a full time job, and he only takes on about 10-15 weddings a year.  He does it as something he loves, rather then a full blown career. 

Basically, I think there are always other photographers out there who may take better technical photos, but in the end, if YOU like your photographer’s style, that’s all that matters.  I think her photos are lovely, and a great price at that!

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think that’s a great deal!  My photographer was $1200 for 4 hours in NNJ… and when we met with him he realized that his prices were super low for this area.  He has since almost doubled his prices (luckily we are locked in to the old prices!).  Also, I didn’t find her statement condescending.  Book her, she sounds great 🙂  Being professional and getting back to my questions quickly gets a big thumbs up in my book (I still don’t understand why some people don’t do this).

ETA: Also, who cares if this is in style now and might not be later?  Your wedding is not “timeless”.  Almost everything you choose will not be as popular later, and that’s fine.  Your wedding reflects what it was like when you got married.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A 7d is… okay.. my second shooters use better, but I know there are wedding photographers out there who use them). Here’s a super important question though, Does she have a back up camera? Based on her response, I’m going to say no since she had the perfect opportunity to tell that she does, and why it’s important). That’s one of the most important thing a wedding photographer can have. What happens if the camera fails? Which can happen to anyone at any time. I shoot with THREE camera bodies (which cost me over $9000 total), that’s without my lenses. Also what 70-200 is she talking about? The cheap version, or the $2500 one that has stabilization, which is important since the lens is heavier and not easy to hand hold for long periods of time (which she would have to, since her only other lens is a wide angle). It’s great that her lenses are Canon and all, but there’s significant differences in certain lenses. Also, someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure there’s not such thing as a canon 35 1.8. In terms of the actual photography, I’m not a fan of the editing at all and her posing needs some work but if you love it, and it’s in your budget go for it!

ALSO, is 4 hours enough time? For me the most important photos are some getting ready, ceremony (mine is 10 minutes long), and formals and I’ve allotted 4 hours and I’m still worried it might be tight. Are you having formals done?

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would say thats a good deal, but also depends on your taste of her style. We are paying our photographer 5K for our wedding for which basically includes everything engagement pics, 8 hours of photograhy, with a 2nd shooter, albums, copyrights ect.

Our photographer is a little more expensive but more experieced and one of the top professionals in our area. Plus I work with her her 2nd shooter and am very familiar with their style which I love.

 

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think thats great! We are getting out photographer with the same kind of deal for $725 in South Florida, so i think $1000 is reasonable for the time frame etc. 

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@CollegeBee3:  I was going to say no but some local and up and coming people charge a lot less than established photographers. We are only paying $50 for e pics from a woman with a growing business. That being said, it looks like the photographer has great talent so I would say yes it is a good idea for you. If it were the pros or something I’d say no way! I’ve heard horrible things about them and a few other so called pro wedding photogs.

Post # 42
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@CollegeBee3:  I also had a short reception (3 hours), and we had our photog for 6 hours, which was JUST enough time.

So I’d go with the 7 hour packagee!

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Weddings are really not about what specific gear you use, that part only becomes relevant when you don’t have what you need, or the equipment can’t handle the lighting situations. The 7D is a capable camera, but she doesn’t have enough lenses to cover a wide to long range. If a single lens gets damaged at a wedding – it’s pretty much a day ender for you. I just finished packing our gear for tomorrow. 4 cameras, 10 lenses, 7 flashes. I’ve been doing this awhile so I know that yes, two cameras can malfunction on the same day, and flashes can explode, and guests can bump you during a lens change and when that hits the ground… Our cameras record images to two separate media cards, every shot we take is automatically backed up on the spot (her camera can’t do this). These are the reasons why equipment matters. A photographer can’t afford to bring this sort of redundancy to an event shooting $1000 weddings. Any worse can scenario you can think of can happen at a wedding.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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@continuumphotography:  Haha, yeah, this year I had an entire camera bag of gear run over by a car (bridesmaid driving on the lawn) AND dropped a speedlight and Pocket Wizard down an elevator shaft… if I didn’t have backups I’d be SCREWED 😛

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@CollegeBee3:  If you love her work and are confident of her skill then go for it. What is included in the package? Is she just starting out? If so everyone has to start somewhere – and I like her photos!

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