(Closed) Fiance Doesn't Want Expensive Photographer … What Do You Think of This Photog?

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Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Those look nice, but like others – definitely ask to see a whole album

Also – I found that many weddings vendors are flexible. Did you try emailing the photog you originally wanted and saying “XYZ is my budget. What can you do with that?” to see if you could compromise somewhere?

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

When we were planning our wedding one of the things I told my hubbie is that I didn’t want to skimp on photography.  We spent less on other things.  I know I’ve read stories about bees who have spent less on pics or had an friend/amateur do them and they were not happy with the results.  The wedding day goes by so fast and really it’s the pics and/or video that you have forever.  I got great pics and they were worth every penny!  But I didn’t hire the most expensive either. 

Do you know this site http://apracticalwedding.com/ It’s great for wedding planning.  Very down to earth and practical.  They have a vendor guide.  The vendor has to pay to be in the guide. But often the vendors are ones that have done pics for weddings featured on the site (on site links are with the listing).  I’m not sure where you live? But they have vendors all over but the USA.  Might be worth checking out.  Price ranges are also listed with each photographer.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you like the whole album, I think this would be a safe bet if it’s within your budget. Photos were important to me, too, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get good quality images. This photographer has a good control on lighting and editing. Some of the composition is not perfect, but like in the case with the tilted cake, you can actually tilt this photo back to normal with a little cropping and the shot isn’t totally lost. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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PinkPearls:  I like the pictures, except for the slanted cake.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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PinkPearls:  Another suggestion.  One thing with photography to save $$ was we only got pro pics for part of the wedding.  I believe we had her for about 5 hrs.  We had her do the before/getting ready, ceremony, couple and group formal pics, a few pics of the venue inside, and some candid shots of some guests directly after the ceremony.  We didn’t have pro pics for the reception.  It worked out fine because guests took their own pics.  Looking back, it would have been nice to have formal pics for the cake cutting and our first dance.  But it wasn’t the end of the world.  We had to compromise somewhere because we were on a budget.  This might be something to consider. 

Our photographer was excellent but she worked on her own which is why she charged less than some.  Some work in a crew at weddings.  Our wedding was small so one person wasn’t a problem.  It depends on what you want and the size of your wedding.   She still wasn’t cheap but some others started at $3000 for their basic wedding package. We paid about half of that + taxes.  Hope this helps:)  

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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PinkPearls:  those pics look great! But wedding photos are so important!! Dont settle 🙂 sometimes men just don’t understand!! Id rather spend more on photog/video than center prices and flowers..that’s just me though. Good luck!

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper

The photos look nice. Honestly, the photographer is only a small part of capturing the moment. People’s happiness and emotions will shine through no matter who the photographer is. 

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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PinkPearls:  Same! It’s the annoying part of living in a big city, most of the photographers I loved had a minimum of 8 hours, some it was even 10 hours minimum… 

I think these look great. I agree with the slanty cake but if you liked the full wedding album you should be fine!

I do think having a great photographer is really important but I just could not justify spending 20% of our budget on it… So even though this one photographer I thought was just incredibly, like drooling over his shots, I kept looking and found another really great (not quite as good, but I’m totally fine with that) photographer, whom I love. She’s such a sweetheard, and was half the price 🙂

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

They look really high quality!!

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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PinkPearls:  I guess there are some advantages to living in a smaller community..

Post # 30
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Busy bee

i think they look good

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