(Closed) Hive to the Rescue! Wedding photographer dilemma!

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Definately don’t do anything until you see the new photographers complete work. Schedule an appointment and ask to see her coverage of an entire wedding from start to finish, including every proof. Anyone can choose a few great images out of thousands to show off, but shooting well all day is harder.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Hahahaha…love the becaon.

While this may seem like the grass is greener, meet the photographer from option B in person before you sign up. Please don’t ever ever (and one more) ever hire someone based on website alone…we had a recent thread about that and it wasn’t pleasant.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Can you send someone in your stead? A trusted friend or family member who knows your taste?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i haven’t met any of my vendors in person, as i’m planning a (slightly) destination wedding, so don’t let that put you off. but i agree with previous posters not to book anything until you see a full scope of the new photog’s work/get references/do the whole thing again.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

You know, your original photographer sounds a lot like my original photographer.

I just knew that my photos for my wedding would suffer and I had no choice but to give him the el boot.

It’s your wedding day, and all you’ll have from it to reflect are photos and personal memories.

Like someone suggested, can a family member or close, trusted friend go in your place to get samples make notes and give you strong opinions?

Maybe even take a tape recorder with them? 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you can’t meet with them in person, I think it would be okay if you speak with them over the phone, and also ask them for contact information for 2 or 3 brides he’s worked with recently (not his best 3, who will obviously give him a glowing review.  Ask for his most recent 3 which might give you a more realistic review) and ask to see an entire set of photos from a couple of recent weddings he’s shot so you can see what sort of overall quality you’re going to get.  And call the brides he provides as references too and see what they say.  If you come out of that with a good feeling about Option B – then I say it would be best to fire Photographer A and book Photographer B.  Just make sure you do your homework first.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I completely agree with everything smartl said.

If you can’t meet in person, maybe ask to see if s/he has an electronic proof book you can look at?  That way, you can see all the pictures they take at a typical wedding and not just the "best" images.

Good luck!  Just remember to follow your gut instinct!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Double post…

Post # 12
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

No I don’t think it’s rude 🙂  Just say, "I’d like to get an overall idea of the type of footage I should expect from a full day of photography.  Would you mind letting me see a full day’s set of images from a wedding you’ve shot recently, and possibly contacting the bride from a couple of recent weddings?  I don’t doubt the quality of your work, but since we are unable to meet in person I just want to get a good feel for your style."

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Maybe also ask for referals, and ask them about things that you noticed about your other phtoographer.  i.e. didn’t give direction etc.  Some people don’t need it and their photos look great.  But some people need ideas, and if you’re not completely happy I would say really consider option B.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

Always, always view at least one wedding in whole! I’m a full time photographer and this is the only way you can really get a good sense of how your photographer covers weddings. Here are a few examples of what your photographer should be able to show you…

http://www.bobbyearle.com/whitewedding http://www.bobbyearle.com/thailandweddings http://www.bobbyearle.com/christinaandbrady http://www.bobbyearle.com/stephanieandmike

If your photographer doesn’t offer you options like this that means your photographer has yet to shoot a wedding that he is proud of in full

And don’t be risk your wedding photos. They are too important. Eat the $200 and book the best photographer you can afford 🙂 

Hope that helps!  

Bobby Earle http://www.bobbyearle.com/

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