Post # 17
First I have to find your website. I used everything. Wedding Wire. Knot. Google. Craigslist. Everything.
A good website is well worth it. Save the high res pictures for the galleries so it doesn’t take your homepage 10 minutes to load. Also, I really really prefer photogs that put up at least some pricing info on their website. So if you’re triple my budget we don’t have to waste each other’s time.
I also really really dislike when photogs list their pricing info as “Investments”. This is not a 401k. It’s pictures. (sorry, had to get that off my chest)
As far as packages go, I think it’s great to put them up with prices but flexibility is also important. I was able to find a great photog in my price range because I decided I didn’t need engagement pictures/photo album/prints/second shooter/pro videography. The things I really wanted in a package were printing rights and all day coverage.
Beyond that I tried to find a photog whose style I liked. This is definately one of those “you can’t please them all” kinds of things. For me:
- I don’t like overly edited photos (blurry around the edges, that yellowed wash thing, etc)
- I dislike very posed or weirdly composed pictures like you see on many of the blogs these days (couple from the chest down, nobody smiling or looking at the camera, shot at a 45 degree angle, etc)
- I was looking for someone who focused on people having a great time. I was more interseted in capturing the joy of the day than getting blog worthy pics
- I looked for photogs who had pictures that looked like real weddings as opposed to magazine layouts.
- I appreciated seeing pictures of couples that don’t look like models. Different races, cultures, weight, style,etc.
- I wanted someone with lots of experience outdoors since we’re doing the whole thing outdoors.
Promtness in responding was also greatly appreciated.
After looking through tons of websites and emailing tons of photogs I had my top choice. I met with her and we got along great and we signed the contract that day. If we hadn’t got along I would have kept looking but she was very nice and professional so I was glad to have the search over.
Post # 18
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
1: My first priority was portfolio, after meeting a few in person I narrowed down by personality, and in the end the decision came back to portfolio.
2: # of hours, whether or not a second/assistant shooter would be included, and if printing rights would be released. Our final package was for unlimited hours and included both the second shooter and printing rights, plus an engagement session. I didn’t care whether or not an album was included.
3: Word of mouth (friends), Weddingbee/Wedding Wire, and once I had narrowed down the selections I made sure to google them for further reviews.
Post # 19
What is the most important thing you are looking for when choosing a wedding photographer? Was it personality, website, portfolio, promptness or something else?
None of the above, photographer’s style and talent
What was the most important thing you looked for when looking at packages? Was it price, printing, albums, 2 shooters, hours, DVD, or oniine galleries?
Price, hours, then printing rights
Post # 20
I loved my photographer’s style-hands down. I also loved that he listened to my concerns and actually adressed them. His price was fair and he is the NICEST man ever.
We went though 4 different epic shoots JUST to find a photographer that we were OK with. Finding a photographer that listened was number 1
Post # 21
Your first impression is your web site. Make it professional, but dont make it too flashy! I dont need Hi-res (that take forever to load) or elaborate slide shows. And iPads can’t use Flash. And for the love of God, NO MUSIC!! I cant say this enough. When a site had music playing, I closed it immediately, and never went back!!
Make sure you have an entire wedding, from getting ready to going away. Doesn’t have to be 500 photos, but enough to know your style. Also many kinds of weddings–indoors, outdoors, early in the day, late in the day, big, small. I also liked blogs that showed some pics and mentioned the location.
List your packages (and I agree, dont call it investments). I usually liked to see 3 packages–showed some flexability. Plus a list of add-ons (price nice, but not necessary).
As for the packages–DVD of all the pictures, without watermarks was mandatory. I expected the pictures to be edited (bad ones weeded out) and some touching up. I also liked when an album was included. E-photos werent necessary for us (we asked for her to attend the rehearsal dinner instead). As for hours, I liked it better when they said all day, vs 8 hours.
As for you, I expected prompt response. Within 24-48 hours, unless it was a weekend. If I contacted someone on Fri, by Tues they should have responded. Dont be coy with pricing or packages. You are a professional. I want to know what you charge. If I can’t afford it, dont guilt trip me.
I found my photographer at the Wedding Photojournalist Association site. I liked that you had to apply to get in.
Post # 22
@Blush861: The most important thing in a photographer for me was the style. Of course we need a few “traditional” photos, but we really want the bulk of everything to be artsy. As far as the most important thing in a package, we looked at the prices first (it would have done no good to fall in love with the work of someone wayyy out of our budget) since we’re working with a limited budget. Our package includes 2 actual photographers (not a photog and an assitant), 9 hours, 3 large prints (2 11×13 and 1 16×20 of our choice), a disk with printing rights, one photographer will attend the rehearsal, and shooting starts 1.5 hours before the ceremony.
Post # 23
I found my photographer & most of my the ones on my possibly list in a local wedding guide/magazine