Post # 1
Well admitedly i’m on a budget with photography. So i’ve been shopping by price.
He was running a special at the bridal show last month for 50% all his packages and he upped the time from 4 hours to 8.
So for $999
8 hours of coverage
All pictures on CD w/ rights to reprint
20 4×6 prints
5 8×10 prints
The best deal i could find. I don’t have another 500 to throw at it. I could only find a few reviews on google which were good but he’s not listed on any wedding vendor search i’ve seen, he’s not on pictage and even google searches its hard to find him withough knowing what i’m looking for. He doesn’t have a great deal of photos on his website. What do you think? Is it cheap for a reason. Either he doesn’t know how to advertise himself or he’s new and inexperienced. I’m thinking its the second option.
Post # 3
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 # 4
Post # 5
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 # 6
it means i have 1000 to spend on photography, not 1500.
Post # 7
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
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
I’d be wary. It seems way too good to be true. Ask him for references and contact them.
Post # 10
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
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
@Beckster329: I second that thought. I would ask him for reference. Its like a job interview so you have every right.