Post # 16
The photographer was very important to us, but equally we did have a limit in terms of what we could realistically spend. Our original photog cancelled on us 4.5 months out which left us in a difficult position: our budget for photography was $4k which in the UK gets you a very decent photographer. Unfortunately, at that stage, the only photographers left without bookings were either in the very low price range (under $1.5k), or in the very ‘high end’ range (was recommended one on here whose work I loved; but at $6.5k for the coverage we wanted (no album) we just couldn’t stretch to it.
We ended up getting lucky and found someone who was on our shortlist originally and had had a cancellation. We paid $3.2k for full day coverage (which was a must; I started getting ready at 9am, and our first dance wasn’t until 8pm with dancing not getting underway until then, and there was a pretty busy schedule of events throughout the day; and we didn’t want to miss any of that), a digital gallery, all the images on a disc (both hi-res for printing and low-res watermarked images to share on social media etc) and rights to the images. He also felt sorry for us and threw in a free pre-wedding shoot.
So personally I would go with the better photographer IF they were comfortably within my budget and I would get all the coverage I wanted. Only you know what you/your family are happy spending, so it’s difficult to advise. If you’re concerned about seeming cheeky, but do prefer the second, could you perhaps offer to pay the difference/some of the difference if it’s within your means to do so?
Post # 17
We spent $4900 on photography so yeah, it’s very important to me lol. I contacted my favorite photographer before we even nailed down a venue. I have so many friends who skimped on this and have terrible photos because they think it didn’t matter that much. Well, it’s what you have left to remember the day by, so I’m definitely getting the best photog I can afford.
Post # 18
If you invest in ANYTHING, I say invest in picture QUALITY. You get what you pay for in most cases.
Post # 19
Photography was veeerryyy important to us. We spent an embarassing amount and only contacted one photographer/videographer. We are so happy with how everything turned out and don’t regret the money for a second. It’s the best investment!
Post # 20
We didn’t hire a videographer, so essentially the only things we would have to remember the day by (aside from the memories in our heads) would be our pictures. We didn’t go overboard, at least not in my opinion, we spent $2500 before tax for 8 hours, 2 shooters, all our rights, access to an online gallery, and engagement session. We also get discounts off of ordering prints or albums from our photog, but I’ve pretty much just been printing out pictures or canvases when I find deals myself. I do love the freedom I have with it.
I will also say that I had the advantage of being a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a wedding where I first met this photog. I saw her in action, and I also got to look at all the pictures she took at my friends wedding, which I just loved. She was the only photog I even interviewed and she was technically over budget, but when I decided to book her I simultaneously decided we would forego a videographer to make up the cost. It’s all up to you and what else you might have at your wedding that will help you remember it.
One last thing, I realize that these pictures are the most important thing to you right now, but will you realistically keep them up around your house, or keep an album out for years to come? My parents were married in 1979, and I think I saw 1 wedding picture of them in my life. I didn’t see their album or other pictures until my mom passed away in 2013 and they pulled out pictures to show at the viewing hours and such. It was great to see them, but obviously those pictures had been put away to make room for pictures of my sister and I, or our “artwork” from school, etc. Just something to think about for the future.
Post # 21
you get what you pay for is the rule. I like our wedding photos but i don’t LOVE them. Our photographer was an assistant photographer who branched out his own wedding photography business. He is also a friend of my husband. I’d seen plenty of his work and we had an engagement shoot with him and i liked our photos so i thought i’d love the wedding photos. It wasn’t until after we got our wedding photos back that i realised his artistic style lacked a few of the things i wanted. He takes a more candid/natural approach to photography and i didn’t realise at the time that he took no photos of us facing the camera close up. A typical portait kind of photo you would pick out first to put in a frame. The only photos of us both facing and smiling at the camera at the same time were taken from far away. I was also a bit disspointed with the lighting he chose us to stand in for some of the photos. Theres one that would have looked really nice but it was ruined by the fact we were standing with the sun in our eyes and i am squinting and my husband’s shadow is cast over my face.. We listed places we wanted photos taken but i thought he being the photographer might point out things like the lighting being bad and suggesting alternative positions for the photos to work but he didn’t so i was a bit surprised by that. it was a lot sunnier on our wedding day and more overcast for the engagement shoot so it just goes to show that an overcast day can make photos look 100 % better! I sometimes wish we had gone for a more experienced wedding photographer but it’s too late now! I look at other weddings he’s done and i love how their photos turned out just wish ours were as good! Photos are all you’re going to have to remember the details of the day and the only thing to look back on so make sure not to cheap out too much or you will regret it!