Post # 1
I’ve tried to figure out what the going rate is for photographers in the area where I’m getting married, but I still feel like I don’t know whether a certain photographer is worth the money s/he is charging or not. Do I just go with my gut? How did you decide whether your photographer was worth the amount s/he was charging? Also, how many hours of coverage on the wedding day is enough?
Post # 3
Are other brides happy with their work? And can I comfortably afford it?
Re: coverage time; that’s up to you. It depends on what all you want documented. Also, some photogs offer packages that are “all day”.
Post # 4
You can post the site here and get opinions… or feel free to PM me.
Post # 5
@blu77: Thanks! I will definitely PM you.
Any other thoughts?
Post # 6
Make sure that they know what they are doing for what they are charging. I agree, find reviews by by other brides to see if they are happy and make sure you can afford it.
Post # 7
First, I would ask to see one or two whole weddings–not just the albums. Unfortunately I read this advice after my wedding. My photographer came up with 30 or 40 good pictures…out of 815. Barely enough for an album.
Ask for references and call those brides–at least 3 that are within the past year. How was the person to work with, did they get pictures back in a timely fashion, if there are negative comments, would the end result justify whatever was negative?
If you dig through the photography board, there are zillions of posts about photographer disappointment. You can’t guarantee it won’t happen but do your homework.
Post # 8
The best advice, as a photographer i can give you:
When you look at their portfolios, does their work speak to you? Do you shed a tear, or laugh, or do you feel any emotions at all? Find those who’s work has inspired you and you will see the difference.
Call those photographers, talk to them, let them know what you’re looking for and set up a meeting. Meet them and get a good feel about who they are, connecting with a photographer is important. Ask to see full wedding or two to get a good feel how they photograph the day.
There are a lot that goes into pricing but that’s a different topic, make sure they are an established business and have insurance.
References are good too.
Post # 9
Thanks so much, ladies! This is so helpful. 🙂