(Closed) Found a wedding photographer!! Need HELP!!!

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Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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celialovesrichard88:  We had a friendor who, ironically, had only shot three weddings before us. We loved her style–we loved our engagement shoot. I have to say, I’m really happy with 95% of the photos we got… but like 
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koi424 said, because of the lack of experience with weddings (everything moves REALLY fast… you need to know where to be for the “moments”, how to navigate around guests, work with constantly changing lighting) we missed a couple of shots. I didn’t have a portrait (full-on front-facing) of me and DH, no photo of just me full-length in my gown (front or back), or our grand exit. Fortunately I got these photos from other friends, but if you don’t have a bunch of photog friends like me, be cautious.

However, I think these people’s work is good and this would be a good deal for you. If you are willing to take a small risk (like I did), I think you will be pretty happy. BUT make a list of the shots that are important to you! And really do your homework! My friendor did get all the photos I put on my list… I just forgot to put those shots on my list. Seriously. Make sure you know exactly what pictures are important to you and don’t assume they will think of things you didn’t.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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celialovesrichard88:  Robert Paetz Photography. He and his wife/2nd shooter, Felicia, were great to work with and I love our photos. They weren’t cheap though, at least for what we wanted, I think we spent 6K, but we wanted a lot of coverage and they seemed willing to work with many different budgets. And btw, we did our engagement shoot in SoCal, I’m not sure if they would travel for just an hour or two of shooting.

ETA: I just checked their website and they definitely seem affordable! I might be thinking of what we paid for photography+videography (different vendor)

Post # 37
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Newbee

I work in the wedding industry and know a lot of amazing startup photographers that offer a great discount to get their business started.  If you have time, my suggestion would be to consider doing an engagement photo session with them, because it’s less expensive and is a great way to see if you like their work and personalities.  It is important that the photographer makes you feel comfortable and not awkward.  Also, you can see how creative they are in different settings (ie. do they just tell you to stand and smile, or do they come up with fun picture ideas?).

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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celialovesrichard88:  I would definitely book them, all photographers have to shoot their first wedding at some point! Go with the style you like, the photos you posted look awesome.

Post # 39
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Busy bee

Trust your gut. To me they sound great and I like their shots!

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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celialovesrichard88:  Just trying to help you make a decision with eyes wide open. ๐Ÿ™‚

So glad you’ve decided! That’s a really big checkmark off your list!

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am a photographer and I am going to break some bad news to you – these are not from real weddings most likely. A lot of times when photographers are trying to break into weddings they host “stylized wedding shoots” where they hire models to dress up as bride and groom to get those kinds of shots for their portfolio. Only problem with this is that a real wedding day throws a lot of curveballs and when it comes down to it, they don’t have the experience necessary to handle your wedding day. There will be situations that happen, the schedule will probably run behind, the lighting may not be ideal, guests may be antsy, and the list goes on. They have to photograph real weddings to figure out how to juggle everything. 

 

I would ask to see ENTIRE weddings from them to show that they have done full weddings. Also, this is your wedding. You don’t get a do-over. I would say choose carefully when it comes to this and your videographer cause if they aren’t familiar with weddings and it goes south, you have nothing. I would dig a little more and if all of the weddings they show you are consistent in style and lighting and you feel comfortable then I would say go for it. 

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