(Closed) Better Portfolio or better Attitude?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which is the better 2nd Shooter Option
    Photographer A - the extra nice shots will be so worth putting up with him : (18 votes)
    26 %
    Photographer B - she will help you get all the nice shots you need with a smile on her face : (51 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’d go for B.  No one wants to work with someone who has an attitude, and I’m guessing your customers wouldn’t like him either.  If you go with B she’ll be easier to work with and you’ll be doing her a favor by helping her get into the business more.  She can only improve from here on out.  Manners go a long way in my book.  Go with B. 

    Post # 4
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d go with the jerk with the better portfolio, as long as he isn’t a jerk to the clients.

    Post # 5
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d go for B just because I wouldn’t want to deal with A.  Plus, since she’s so nice, I’d bet she’s work really hard to get even better.

    Post # 6
    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Speaking generally, when it comes to wedding photography where so much depends on the relationship the photographer can foster I think it’s an easy choice.

    Maybe the guy pumps himself for interviews and thus comes off more arrogant than he is, but then if he has the talent to back it up it’s hard to tell. You’d know best if the girl has a good eye and is teachable and willing to work hard. But based on what you’ve said I’d go with the girl.

    If it’s only for 5 weddings though….she’s not going to have much time to learn and grow, so I guess that’s another thing to consider. Maybe if you’re really firm with him about your expectations and say if he doesn’t get what you need for the first wedding then he’s out?…. hard decision. Guess it depends on how flexible you can be.

    Post # 8
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m sorry, I don’t see the point of this post, besides advertising that you are moving to Denver.

    As long as you supply a quality product with full coverage (nothing missing) the client will be pleased.  If you do your job correctly, the bride won’t notice anything but people taking pictures, so I am not sure how your choice is really going to affect the client as long as they deliver. 

    Also, I’m not sure how people can answer your question with any degree of meaning without seeing the portfolio’s of the 2 you mentioned.  This is a question YOU need to decide based on the working relationship you desire and the images you expect.

    The client rarely even meets the second shooter prior to the event.  The shooter shows up, typically stays ” behind the scenes” of the lead photographer, and goes home.  If everything is done right, the images are meshed and the client doesn’t know which was taken by which photographer.

    I am really not sure what you are looking for here, and are you really going to base your decision on what people respond here not really knowing any of the details? 

    Simple solution:  Why not try both of them out for one wedding and see who works out better.  Use that person for the remaining 3.

    Post # 9
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    Even though you are only shooting in PA for another 5 weddings. FB and review sites will follow you everywhere. I would pick the person you are most comfortable representing your business.

    If you can’t decide, I like User’s idea of trying them each out.

    Post # 10
    3521 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’d go with B. When we were interviewing photographers, we turned down so many with great portfolios because their attitudes just sucked.

    Post # 11
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would go with Person B – maybe with enough training she will be up to the level you would like her to be. Im sure she is eager to learn and maybe just doesnt have the necessary training as of yet.

    Post # 13
    73 posts
    Worker bee

    Hey Lauren – when I searched for assistants/second shooters, I picked the ones that I worked best with, and have indeed eliminated some people with better portfolios. They’re representing my company and so I felt really strongly that they should have a similar personality to mine.

    Whatever shortcomings in portfolio, you could help mitigate that by bringing them along with you to an engagement shoot, letting them shoot some shots, and review their portfolios and give them the tools to the be the best second shooter for YOU.

    Post # 14
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I agree with ILikePink 100 %

    I think if you want what is best for your business you would go with the person with the best shots. 

    As a bride and photographer, I 100 % want the best shots.  Period.  I honestly think any bride would, unless they were seriously offended by the photographer.

    Post # 15
    209 posts
    Helper bee

    @PassionatePhotoLady:  Have you met with either one of them yet?  They could surprise you in person, rather than online. 


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