(Closed) Choosing a photographer and 6 hours vs 8 hours

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We were torn on that too and when I spoke to our photographer about it he said he could split the difference for a mid price ($2500 for 6 hours, $3500 for 8 hours…we paid $3000 for 7 hours).

7 hours was perfect. He got the end of me getting ready and was there for the majority of the wedding but left a little before everyone had gone. Worked well for us.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I was between 2.. they cost the exact same, and both had great portfolios. In the end hwat i did is look through FULL albums I had each one send me (they both did so happily–just ask) and I made a bit of a mental tally of how many of those photos I’d want framed. One photographer came out waay ahead, so I went with him.

I didn’t meet anyone in person actually… 100% done over the phone and email for my entire wedding, heh. I’ll tell you how that goes next year 😛 I actually prefer it this way–I don’t want my subjectivity to become a factor (as humans we naturally will always gravitate towards the more attractive, more charming person… but this doesn’t really affect how well a person does their job in most cases.) I know that the people I hired are good, clear communicators who respond promptly and do their jobs well. Thats all I need to know.

How much will your photographer knock off for the 2 hours? Mine would only knock off $200 so I had no reason to go for 6 hours instead of 8. In the end, I’m happy to have him for 8–it’ll cover pretty much everything with a tad of buffer room in case something slows down the schedule. If we’d gotten 6, we’d have had to decide if we wanted getting ready photos OR sunset photos… OR we might feel rushed on the day of.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

We met with a rep from a company that had numerous photographers, and we selected the portfolio of the lead photographer we liked most. It was cost effective and we really liked the woman’s work. I did contact and get the portfolios of many other options though.

 

In the end, We have 8 hrs with 1 photographer, and 6 with the second, and honestly, it’s a bit much when I finally planned it out. We only did this because we wanted seperate getting ready shots, and shots of the bride waiting to go down the aisle, and the groom’s reaction. Plan out a brief schedule of your day, and see how it would fall into place with each option.

 

E.G. Here is mine (we have the 2 photographers):

Photographer 1 (8 hrs):

2:00 getting ready shots of bride and bridal party (hair and makeup will already be done by this point, so it’s getting dressed shots), along with still life of dress, venue, etc. Then bridal party shots.

3:45 leave for Chapel

4-5: ceremony

5-5:30: formal shots at chapel

5:30-6: less formal photos on the grounds or at the reception site

6-6:30 shots of bride and groom alone for 30 min.

6:30-10: reception photos. Shots of speeches, guests, band, etc.

 

 

Photographer 2 (6 hrs)

2:30: groomsmen getting ready photos, grooms party photos

3:20: go to Chapel, more formal photos

4-5: Ceremony

5-6:30 cocktail hour photos of guests and photos of venue (flowers, cake, etc)

6:30-8:30: reception shots. 

 

(note–our church, reception site, and getting ready locations are all within 1.5 miles of each other, so travel time is minimal). 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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upperwestbride:   Our photographers were excellent technically and were so easy to work with – and we had our on line album eight days after our wedding.  They are in NJ but travel – they have done weddings all over.  You might want to check out their web site and packages.   My DH and I are both photographers so chose mostly on the technical and artistic side of things, but as it turned out they were so fun to work with too!!  They were the only vendor which added NO stress to our wedding!!

http://www.kgmexpressions.com/  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

For picking between the two I would highly recommend you meet with them to decide. How much you like your photographer, how comfortable you are with them can hugely affect the quality of your photos. our photographer was a fun down to earth guy and was just great be around. it made taking all the couples photos so much easier because it wasn’t awkward.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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Astra:  Hi Astra!  I’m a NJ bride getting married next summer a little ways out in PA.  I actually have KGM Expressions bookmarked on my computer, and I’d love to get your opinion on them and their work.  I went to school for graphic design and photography, so I’m looking for a really fantastic photographer, as that’s one of the most important things to me.  Your thoughts would be much appreciated!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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stoked.stokes:   Hi!  Our top priority for our wedding vendors was photography.  We wanted two photographers, we wanted technical excellence and a good sense of artistry, we wanted a style which was part traditional but with some creative, unique views also, and since my DH and I are both quite shy we really needed photographers who made us feel at ease.   We felt very lucky to have found Kim and Ray.  They were everything we were looking for and so pleasant to work with.  Ray is very outgoing, was great at people-herding, and came up with all kinds of neat ideas.  Kim is quieter, and I’d say more artistic, what I’d call a pure wedding photographer.  She gets the traditional shots as well as some creative ones.  

They were the first vendor we booked, and we didn’t set the date until we knew they were available.  They were also the only vendor *not* to add stress to the wedding or planning process. Our wedding was June 8 and on June 17th our entire online gallery was ready – not retouched, but we could see over 700 shots of our first look and the wedding/reception.  

Our album was ready in what had to be record time too – I don’t remember exactly but it was a matter of weeks.  And it’s gorgeous. 

We were completely happy with them.  Please feel free to ask any questions if I left out anything!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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Astra:  Thanks so much for your recommendation!  I actually emailed Ray today, and, unfrotunately, they have our date open, but only for their documentary style package, which only has one photographer, gives fewer total images, and doesn’t include as many “controlled” or set up portraits/family group shots (as well as a few other things).  I’m still going to look into it, and look into adding a second photographer to that package, but I don’t know if I’m willing to sacrifice everything I’d lose by going with it.  We already do have a date, and while photography is super important to me, I’m confident I can find someone who’s open for that date with everything we want.  

Do you have any recommendations for other good photographers in the area who I could look into, as well?

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

sorry – edited

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Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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upperwestbride:  I am in northern NJ and we went with Abella Studios. They have several different packages and frequently have open houses where they have discounts. Our package comes with 10 hours standard and that’s important since we’re having an hour long Catholic ceremony in a church, not getting married at the reception site. We are so excited! We were able to save in other areas so we could spend more on videography since I don’t consider myself to be photogenic. Since all of 7 of our bridesmaids are our sisters, we knew it would be worth it to spend more on pictures and also went for the same day edit video. Good luck!

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Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m not really helping because I saw the price and thought it would be cheaper for us to fly out.

We’re two wedding photographers from Kent, UK and have done plently of local and London weddings. I would love to do a wedding in New York, if we arrived a day (or two) early we could do an engagement shoot with you both, day and evening.

We would do it for $1400 plus flights from London.

I’ll send you the password to our wedding last week if you are interested in seeing recent work 🙂

http://www.yougrewphotography.co.uk

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It is definitely doable to have the photog for 6 hours. Work out your timeline and as long as the photog is there to capture the first half of the reception you’re fine. My photog told me that we really don’t need 200 photos of guests dancing, especially near the end everyone will be sweaty, shiny, and disheveled. Unless you are planning a grand exit, of course.

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