- Statutory Grape
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2014
FH and I met with a potential photographer on Tuesday, and he seems pretty good, but he said a few things that seemed a little “off” to me. I just wanted to get some other opinions on this before we book this guy.
He had a good portfolio and was overall relatively professional, but he said two main things that gave me some doubts.
1) He asked about color scheme and when I told him I’d be in green with the girls in white, he made a little bit of a face and was like, “Really. That’s…different,” in this kind of reluctant, totally unenthusiastic voice. I don’t know about you, Bees, but if we’re going to give someone $600 for our day, I’d like him or her to be totally on board with our ideas. It seemed a little odd, but maybe I’m just overly sensitive because of the criticism I’ve gotten in the past for not wearing white.
2) When we told him we’re only having three people per side in the bridal party (1 Maid/Matron of Honor, 1 best man, two groomsmen/bridesmaids), he kind of cringed and said something about how it’d be hard to make the pictures look nice and balanced, and that we’re really limiting ourselves as far as poses go. And then he finished by saying, “Well, if there’s someone you’re on the fence about adding, don’t hesitate.” Um, we’ve already decided…we did NOT ask for his opinion on it. He asked how many were on each side, and we told him.
3) He also seemed overly relieved when we told him we’d like to DIY the photobook, but then he backpedaled and said we could always add one later. Not a big thing, but he even outright said he prefers it when he doesn’t have to do the extra work of assembling a book. No big deal–like I’d really give you $200 for a basic coffee table book when I can make one myself, right?
Here’s the dilemma. We both like his work and what he’s about–that is, being committed to the couple and making their day special. He’s within our budget, too–we’d only be bapying $600 for 6 hours of shooting, and that includes all the photo rights and a CD. We haven’t had many other nibbles within our price range (though he did push our budget up by $100, which put us in an uncomfortable spot where we had to say yes or no right away), so it’s looking like this is the only guy we’ll be able to afford.
Should I overlook his comments and book him anyway? I’m going to a bridal show on the 21st, so it’s possible for me to win some sort of photo package, if I’m very, very lucky. But if I don’t…should we book him? Am I being too sensitive, or are those comments he made sort of a red flag?
I’m willing to overlook it because it is a good deal, but I don’t want to end up dealing with unpleasantness on our wedding day because he’s not 100% supportive of our ideas. What would you do?