(Closed) Help me figure out what to do for a photographer

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: I should pick:
    the professional : (25 votes)
    45 %
    the college friend : (14 votes)
    25 %
    the colleague : (0 votes)
    other please comment below : (17 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If you haven’t heard from the pro in 2 weeks, drop him and go down a different path. I don’t have time to waste and I hate when people waste it.

    Post # 4
    3671 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I voted for the professional but it does worry me that he hasn’t responded in two weeks.  Have you seen pictures from the college friend?  I probably wouldn’t use your mom’s work colleague just because he seems to be the least experienced.  Also, if you choose to use your college friend I would make sure to have some kind of contract.  We considered a girl I knew that takes pictures but she was so bad with remembering to keep in contact with us we found a professional that worked with us when it came to our budget.  

    Post # 5
    201 posts
    Helper bee

    I know you said that your Fiance doesnt really care about the photo options, but do you? As in, are they something that is high up on your priority list? It all really depends on that IMO- If you arent sure if you’ll be happy with someone who’s not a top professional then I would say to keep attempting contact with the first one on your list. I would personally like at least some of my photos retouched, but Im all about using people who are just starting up there business and have a unique and differeny flair about their photography, rather than paying top $$ for someone whos just been in the business longer. But that me- so I guess that would put me on option 2. Can you see some of their work? (1, 2 and 3) You might find that you like one’s style over anothers and it could make all the difference on your special day!!

    Post # 7
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    i honestly would keep looking.  try the wedding photojournalist association website.  i had just about given up hope when i found our photog thru that site.  have u seen samples of the second and third photographers work

    Post # 8
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    i definitely would not go with option 3. option 2 is viable if you are willing to risk your photos are not PERFECT and may only get a few amazing shots. i would go with option 1 if you can find someone in your budget. not the guy you are waiting on. if he hasn’t replied in 2 weeks, i don’t think he will.  i emailed a bunch of pro photographers. some of them wrote back asking me my budget and when i replied, i never heard from them again. i wonder why.  the ones who you might get would be trying to get you.

    good luck deciding.

    Post # 9
    195 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Keep looking!  You want a professional that can catch those moments that only happen once!! I live in a smaller town, and I’ve found there are professionals with varying levels of experience in every budget. And they all have blogs or FB profiles where you can easily review their work.  Don’t settle—it’s your wedding!

    Post # 10
    5095 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I picked “other” – go with a pro, but not the one who hasn’t called you back.

    Post # 11
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Depends on what your expectations are.

    Hobbyists can be just as great as pros, BUT not always and they oftentimes don’t have the body of work to establish the same kind of standard that pros do–ie, you don’t have a visual reference for your expectations. Thus, if you go with your friends, I think you should set your expectations fairly low so that you’re more likely to be impressed as opposed to disappointed. THat’s NOT to say hobbyists can’t produce professional-quality work; it’s just that since it’s not their job to do it, you don’t really know what you’re getting. So you have to have a more open mind.

    If you are expecting a professional look, then I’d go with a pro. But, as PP have said, not one that isn’t calling me back.

    (BTW: I know lots of professional non-wedding photographers–seriously good people who know their craft. But I made the decision not to “hire” any of them, even though several offered to do our wedding gratis because I was uncomfortable with mixing business and pleasure–so to speak. I worried that if I didn’t like the photos or somethign went wrong then it would cause resentment between us personally and I didn’t want that to happen. With a pro, I had a contract and thus a clear outline of what I was entitled to and what I could expect. Something to consider in your situation.)

    Post # 12
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Other: Find a professional who returns your calls! 1500-2000 is a high enough budget that you should be able to find a professional willing to work with you. You might have to strip down your package some (6 rather than 8 hrs, 1 shooter, no prints), and you might have to go with a newer photog, but this is the path i’d take. 

    Post # 13
    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I agree with CorgiTales…I vote getting A professional, but not necessarily THAT professional since they will not return your emails. Even in the most expensive of areas, you should be able to find a good photographer who will charge $1500-2000 for the basics (e.g., a day of photgraphy, but perhaps no albums/2nd shooter/engagement session, etc).

    Post # 14
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My sister used a semi-professional for her wedding.  She apparently knew what she was doing and the price was right.  the pictures were TERRIBLE!  My mom had a piece of paper in her hand for all of them, they were just plain blah.  I had to pose my sister and I for a picture so we could have 1 nice picture together.  It was aweful… I will 100% say get a professional, someone that you can be in touch with though.

    Post # 16
    51 posts
    Worker bee

    Photographer #1: Professional photographer, only does 8 weddings a year. I’ve e-mailed him for a month, told him my budget, said he would send me a quote haven’t heard from him in 2 weeks. I get the impression my budget isn’t high enough and he’s trying to see if he can find a higher paying couple…but it could be he’s just busy. I’m estimating that he will be $1500-2000.

    I personally know no professional with only 8 weddings a year. How does this photographer survive? Is this someone just starting out? Pictures please or website.

    Photographer #2: Guy I know from college. I know he does photograph weddings but not professionally. He would retouch some of the photos, give me all the shots he took, Fiance and I would be responsible for getting them printed. Cost: $1000 for whole day.

    We can’t really tell you because we don’t know his work. You might have a deal or you might be getting screwed. Again, pictures would be nice.

    Photographer #3: Work Colleague of my mom’s. Has a hobby of taking photos for local H.S. and parties. Likes to take candid photos of guests. I don’t think he would retouch any photos, would give us any photos shot. We would be responsible for getting them printed. Cost: air fare and hotel so approx. $500-700

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