(Closed) How did you choose your photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I really just liked something about this photographer. Her website was great, she listed her prices and obviously the photos she had blogged were fantastic. It was just a gut feeling based on all of that. Then we met up and nothing seemed wrong, so we booked her. And I’m sooooo glad we did!!! I love our pictures and she was great to work with. 

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Since you can’t meet (which I totally understand, I’m a photog is a resort area so a good chunk of my clients hire me without meeting either) I would suggest setting up a skype or facetime meeting with them. Just so you can get a general idea of their personality. From there, really just take time to look through their portfolio – primarily their blog/facebook where you’re looking at collections of images from the SAME wedding. You’ll be able to really pick up on trends/style of each photographer by doing that and then choose the one you feel most drawn to – artistically and personally. Keep in mind – you should definitely have a good raport with your photographer because it’s the one person you’ll have around you most of the day. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Beyond professionalism, good reviews, and getting pictures back to brides in a reasonable time, the most important thing for me was looking only at full weddings from a photographer.  There was no point in considering their best shots from a variety of weddings because that’s not what I’m paying for- I’m paying for all the shots from my 1 wedding (not their best shots from a medley of weddings).  So I highly recommend asking your top photographers to give you access to their photos from a full wedding or two and then make sure the photographer has/includes in each full wedding every single thing you have to have.  If a photog won’t give you all of the shots from 1 wedding, they probably don’t have even 1 wedding where they had overall a great set of shots – that’s just not acceptable for me.

The things that were important to me (and that I’d heard/seen some other brides’ photogs were lacking) included: good getting ready shots (for me that’s catching special looks between ppl or from MOB/MOH etc.), catching special moments in a good way (it doesn’t count if every special heartfelt moment is caught at that awkward-looking cry point), shots of the newlyweds that were nice with backgrounds that lent themnselves to being framed/blown up/displayed, capturing the feel of the wedding, good shots of the ceremony & good angles/lighting, tons of emotional candids, good shots of dancing, nice details shots, and emotions coming through in most of the pics.  

For my photog, I sometimes go on his blog just to look at his weddings, looking at the pics he does of a wedding makes me feel like I’m there and feel the emotions of their day in a way no other photographer does.  Okay, I’m going to look at his blog again now.  love him.  We also did our e-shoot w/him, which was amazing.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@lorakath:  Style. She was of course the most expensive photographer we looked at but she is well worth it! I did a blind test with my Fiance, Mom, and Future Mother-In-Law and we all ranked her number 1 out of 5 choices!

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@lorakath:   We chose our photographer based on technical ability, an understanding of exposure, a style we liked, creativity and responsiveness to our emails and calls.  Also we get along well in person.  And we will have two shooters.  

You are lucky to have four to choose from!  So many bees struggle to find one!  I hope the Skype meetings go well!  🙂

Post # 22
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Busy bee

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@lorakath:  I knew I wanted it within a certain budget (<4k), 2 shooters, and for 8 hours. I wanted experienced photographers (both main and second shooter) who could give direct regarding posing, etc. I also didn’t want a lot of “artsy” photos – we wanted pictures where our faces are visible and we look happy.

We found a few photographers meeting those criteria, met with the first one, and booked them that night. We just clicked and appreciated the fact they both acted as main shooters (husband and wife team) and had excellent communication between the two of them. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

Ours was pretty simple: I enjoyed the photos our friend’s wedding photographer took, phoned him up about rates, my then Fiance and I met up with him and we enjoyed his company, and that was that!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Actually I was lucky, and happen to be friends with a professoinal photographer. She’s still fairly new and doesn’t do it full time, so her prices were great and we got amazing pictures!<br />In your situation though, I would definitely take into account what they’re like at the interview, how you like them as a person, and their shooting style. Good luck to you!

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Ugh, I’m still having the most difficult time choosing from 3 photographers! They are all at different price points and have somewhat different styles. 

Maybe I need to set up some Skype interviews. 

Does having a second shooter really matter? One of the photogs that we are looking at (over 7K!) does not have a second shooter! When I look through his wedding albums, though, he seems to catch it all. 

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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crackktheskyy:   Personally, I wouldn’t dream of having just one shooter.  I want the different angles, shots of both of us getting ready, and most of all the variety of images that results from two photographer seeing and capturing different moments.  

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Astra:  I thought the same thing too, but this guy’s photos are unreal. 

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We found ours online – he lives in a different city.  Set up a phone call, loved him!  Read a few reviews, checked out his published work, and hired him pretty much right away!

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

 

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lorakath:  I had a similar process to you, we contacted a few got pricing, and narrowed it down to 4 to interview.  The interviewsr really quickly narrowed it down to 2 we liked and 2 we didn’t like.  We equally liked our top two, but for for different reasons.  They were basically the same price, so we got input from a few trusted sources, and they all ended up prefering one of them, so we went with her.  The interviews should give you a lot of clarity!

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

 

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crackktheskyy:  I think a second shooter is super important.  One example- there’s no way one person can get your groom’s face and your face while walking down the asile.  One person physically can’t be two places at once.   That’s just my 2c though.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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MissMay3003:  Thanks for the feedback! We ended up going with a single shooter, but her work is unreal. She’s one of the best wedding photogs in the country so I have no doubt she will be great! I think she has an assistant who helps, but isn’t a primary photog or anything. I’ll have to post a recap after the wedding!

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