(Closed) Help Me Decide On A Photographer

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Who should I choose?

    Go with John Eilts Photography!

    Choose Limelight Photography!

    I know a better photographer in the Austin/San Antonio, Texas area that is under $2500.

  • Post # 17
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    If I had to choose from the two, I would definitely go with the first one. He seems to capture moments, whereas the second photograher seems to be a bit gimicky and has lots of awkward posing going on.

    Post # 18
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I tihnk Continuum is right – neither are spectacular.  I would keep looking, honestly.  Wait until you feel a connection, and negotiate your own package for what you specifically are looking for.  Perhaps you can skip an album now and have one made as a 1 year anniversary gift to yourself?

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I agree with Continuum.

    I Really agree with getting a good 5 hour over a 8 hour thats blah. Talk to the ones you love you may just realize you can fit what you need in less coverage. Part of what we do it to help maximize what you need and get that bang for your buck. Always go for the love. Like said before you can get bridals, albums, etc after. You cant go back in time and shoot your wedding again..

    Remember you can expand your search as well many of us travel. Also many take payments if that helps you pay for more coverage..

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

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    @jbeath1:  But… there are soooo many photographers out there.  You may not have to hire someone double your budget to find what you love.  I know you’re eager to make a decision and get it off your plate, and I’m not one to advocate indecision but you still have some time.

    Post # 23
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @jbeath1:  That’s up to you to decide. Is it worth it to you? For me, personally, it’s worth it. For others, it’s not, and they choose to go with someone cheaper. I’ve never met anyone who regretted spending money on a photographer they loved, but I hear countless stories of people going with someone cheaper and regretting it. 

    I really wish brides wouldn’t get caught up in all the “extras”. Like continuumphotography said, it’s better to have 5 hours with a really great photographer than 9 hours with a crappy one. I tell all my brides, when they’re really on the fence about their budget, that they need to look at the big picture. Yes, you want them there for 8-9 hours, but what does that include? Those last 2-3 hours are going to be of reception. Is reception coverage more important to you than amazing shots of you getting ready, the ceremony, and your formals? If so, you’ve made your choice – go with someone cheaper. 

    I know it’s easier said than done, look, I’m a photographer and I still had to make that choice. I budgeted probably more than the average person for wedding photography and I still didn’t get everything I wanted. I would have loved to had my photographer stay the entire reception but in the end, having amazing photos of the wedding and other stuff outweighed the rest. We still got plenty of reception coverage, just not all of it.

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think 5 hours would be really pushing it. We got 6 hours of coverage and I feel like that is even pushing it! Honestly, the first photographer listed his prices in the open and includes a 600$ credit for pictures. Thats amazing. I didnt even get that.  I am happy to get the cd with the images. I think thats an incredible price and it says unlimited coverage. I dont see it getting better than that.

    I couldn’t find pricing for the second photographer which worried me.

    Beware that you should ask them how much taxes are. I did estimate this and it costed me like 350$ more than what I planned. They never talk about this until after you pay the deposit. Be ready for high taxes on photos.

    Post # 26
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    Bee Keeper

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    @jbeath1:  We’re spending about £2500-3000 ($3750-4500) on photography. That includes 1 or 2 photographers with unlimited coverage, all the images on a disc, a pre-wedding shoot (images extra), a signing frame, and 1 album.

    We originally budgetted about £1000-1200, so, we are spending more than double our original budget. However, the photos are important to us, and we’re fussy; I have looked at over 100 photographers and the only ones I liked fell in the higher price bracket. What I did was look at the difference; I felt it was worth paying an extra £1000 for photos we would love, than pay less, but still a LOT of money, for photos we might be disappointed with. I would sooner make sacrifices elsewhere eg get cheaper flowers and cheaper accessories.

    Only you can know how much the photography means to you, and whether it is worth upping your budget. The photographer you love is $700 more than ones you think are just OK; I know that $700 is hardly pennies, but equally, IMO it isn’t a fortune if it will get you your perfect/dream photographer. I personally would spend the extra $700 in a heartbeat.

    Post # 27
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    Bee Keeper

    Just to add: I’ve now looked at your dream one, and honestly, for me there’s no question; I’d go with them.

    Post # 29
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    Bee Keeper

    Is the engagement/bridal shoot necessary? In the UK, no-one has bridal shoots, so I guess I don’t really ‘get’ them; would it be an option to cut that? I’m in two minds about the engagement shoot, and would possibly do that so you can get to know the photographer; but again, I wouldn’t say it’s necessary.

    I also don’t think 2 photographers are necessary, depending on the size of your wedding; I think 2 is a bonus, but not really essential, for a small-medium sized wedding. I would quite happily cut from 2 to 1 if I needed to to get the standard/style I wanted.

    With that in mind, I would go for the $2600 package, or the $3000 one; I think you need at least 6 hours coverage. You could then ask what the charge is for additional hours.

    I wouldn’t worry about the albums; photographers we’ve looked at are able to make an album up to 1-2 years after the wedding, so, we plan on getting either just one album for us, and albums for our parents later on when we can afford it, or, getting albums for our parents, and the one for us later on.

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

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    @barbie86:  There are huge advantages to having two photographers, especially if those two have worked together in the past.  It may not be essential, but it’s not the first thing I’d cut out of a package to be able to afford one.

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