(Closed) Good Deal or TOO good of a deal?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t understand what the website is for… it’s not a registered domain?  And what does the “I don’t have another 500 to throw at it” mean?

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Ask for a portfolio.  He should have a collection of some of his work to show you, and if all he has is what’s on his website, he may just be inexperienced. You could also ask for references from previous clients, and ask those clients to show you some of the photos he took for them.  I personally wouldn’t base my choice on someone else’s online reviews without first seeing some of the photos, because my taste in photography may be completely different from the reviewer’s taste.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

From the website, it looks like it is a group of photographers and videographers, not one guy. Is your offer froma specific photographer? I would ask him to see his work. I don’t think the offer is too good to be true if he is new to the industry. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The website is awfully short on example pics. I’d ask to see a full wedding, start to finish. If they won’t let you do that i’d walk (my photog wouldn’t book us unless we saw 3 full weddings of hers to make sure we were a good match, for example).

I can see some issues with their work, focusing on the top of the bride’s head instead of the eyes, poor post processing on a few pics, etc. Make sure you’re ok with the consistency before signing.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d be wary.  It seems way too good to be true.  Ask him for references and contact them.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

When we met with our photographer, they had several albums on hand from weddings they had done previously, as well as an extensive number of photos on the website.

I would ask to see some albums or a portfolio just to make sure you are getting quality work even though you are getting a bargain.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Your budget is what your budget is, I’m not going to try an argue that one with you.  People who charge $1000 to shoot weddings are either doing it part time or are setting themselves up to fail business-wise.  It’s an unsustainable sum of money to charge for something that is so time consuming and so much work.  Is it too good to be true?  If the photography is good (and I didn’t look at the website), then yes it is too good to be true.  It means you may have found a great photographer for a cheaper than cheap price, but you’ve also found a terrible business person.  That would make me worry for you down the road when a problem arises where your photographer’s business or experience comes into play.  Unfortunately as I said before your budget is what your budget is, and getting that talented full time professional who is in it for the long haul and whose business is organized and experienced just doesn’t happen at the sub $2000 price point.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Beckster329:  I second that thought. I would ask him for reference. Its like a job interview so you have every right. 

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