(Closed) Experienced expensive photographer or …. ?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Professional or Amateur?
    Professional and expensive, less risk! : (33 votes)
    41 %
    Amateur (but amazing!) and much cheaper... Give the kid a go! : (48 votes)
    59 %
  • Post # 19
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Rainstorm77:  Gotcha, then I think you should be okay with the flights! I highly agree with the idea of doing an engagement shoot with him beforehand just to make sure you’re happy with the photos.

    Post # 20
    11520 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Rainstorm77:  because you’re not having a ‘wedding’ you’re having a very small intimate ceremony the logistics are totally different.  I think this kid can probably do what you need – if the price is right DO IT!

    Post # 22
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Rainstorm77:  hahaha!

    They’re all not… wedding/portrait in nature, they seem more “snapshot” like than a well-thought composition aimed at expressing something. I think his composition is a bit lazier when he photographs people as opposed to landscapes. I still can’t tell if he can capture the romance, happiness, and all the emotions of a wedding, which is much more candid in nature, and may also have a posed part if that’s what you want. He does have experience photographing beach lighting, which is good. I would just try to do an engagement session with him to be sure – how he interacts with you guys as a couple is most important. 

    Post # 23
    4823 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Rainstorm77:   As far as the owl (is that an owl? I’m not familiar with outback wildlife!! LOL) and the kangaroo, I’d say he has a nice touch and is perfectly competent.

    The cityscape shots are a bit overprocessed for my taste, but that is subjective.  

    It’s a matter of liking his style and accepting his level of technical ability.  As others have suggested, I think an engagment shoot is a reasonable request and I think both you and he would learn a great deal from the experience, whether you ask him to shoot your wedding or not.  

    Do you know what sort of camera equipment he has?  

    Post # 24
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I would almost always say go with an established pro, but you have a unique wedding that could actually get by without one.

    I’m still not convinced by this guy though. His shots don’t tell me that he can shoot people and candids. I might do a small engagement session and see how he interacts with you and how the product turns out.

    You can definitely find a professional for cheaper than you’ve been quoted though. Just ask for hourly rates from various photographers. They don’t have to have elopement packages.

    Post # 26
    841 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @Rainstorm77:  When I started reading I was going to say go with the professional. However, if you love his photos, and you aren’t worried about them being less than perfect, then I’d say go with him. I never posted about photography on here because it’s sooo subjective and you’re always going to have people disagreeing with you lol.

    Post # 27
    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Rainstorm77:  I would use him as a photographer but ONLY if he had experience in photographing people. Its harder to pose people than you may think. If you dont think you will be dissappointed in his work, give the kid a shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 28
    1489 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would keep looking around for photogaphers in the area…$1000 for 1 hours is INSANE.  

    His work is good, a bit overprocessed and pshopped…but I’d want to see a lot more about how he captures emotions, different lighting conditions, etc etc etc.  

    I would definitely do a “trial” run with just you and your Fiance, just to see how those come out.  Also, I would get a possible backup just in case he backs out at the last minute. “opportunity of a lifetime” normally doesn’t win out over paid jobs.  

    Post # 29
    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I took a peek at his facebook page, and honestly his people photos are pretty bad. 

    Eloping on a weekday you should be able to find a better deal. Definitely keep looking. 

    Post # 31
    581 posts
    Busy bee


    Has the novice photographer ever photographed PEOPLE before? If not- I think you have a big problem if you hire him.

    I have no problem hiring a less experienced photographer- but it has to be one who has at least done some portraits. All you need is a few nice ones for the wall and enough to fill an album- any more is over kill.

    Keep looking for a photographer. Neither of these guys.

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