(Closed) How many photogs did you meet with before booking one?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We met with one photographer, liked his work and personality, and booked him. Don’t stress about it too much- just make sure you find someone you like. I’m of the opinion that there are very few things in life where there is such a thing as “the one.” I know many people don’t feel this way (for example, many people feel their dress was “the one” amazing dream dress- I loved mine, but would probably also have been equally happy in many others), but it can take stress off. Find one of the many potential photographers out there whose work you love, and then narrow down by budget and personality.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

One of my bm’s was a bm in a wedding about 2.5 years before my wedding. She showed me the pics and I fell in love. We met with him and booked him. Didn’t need to meet with anyone else. We just knew.

Post # 5
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317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was stressed in choosing a photographer!

I think photographers should be a little more personal than some of the other vendors but still of course be professional. I imagine most will have a certain level of professionalism but some will have an extra ‘spark’ and you’ll know you’d have a great time taking pics with them.

First I filtered out prices from the ones that I liked. I was a little generous with this since photos are a top priority with myself, but I wasn’t unreasonable. Then I inquired about meeting times and available dates and met with four photographers. Half of them had more of that personality spark with me.

Personally, I like photographers that have updated blogs and posts. I like that they show how they’re enthusiastic they are about their job and experinces with a couple.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We met with about 3-4 before we met with the one we finally chose. They all had great portfolios and were all really wanting our business. We chose the one that we did because she allowed us to pay for what we wanted and not committing to any packages. She also didn’t charge us for her travel fees to make it to our venue. Another stipulation we wanted was a photographer who we’d feel comfortable with. Since we had to kiss, snuggle act ‘natural’, I feel it’s important to do that in front of someone who made you feel comfortable.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Fiance proposed in France while I was abroad, and since he wanted to get married in April, we had a mere 11 months to plan! Knowing that good photographers get booked up quickly (ours was almost booked, but we snatched her first), I started contacting people the week after we got engaged (had to find a venue first), and made a spreadsheet with the details of their packages, pricing, and a “like” rating. Then, I made phone appointments with the top 4 and booked based on the best value. My top 3 were really about the same “like” rating, and the one we chose has 7 hours of photography with a second shooter, digital rights, and she’ll travel an hour to our wedding site for a reasonable price. Every time I see new pictures on her Facebook site and blog, I’m excited we picked her.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it is important to find a photographer that you and the groom feel the most comfortable around. I couldn’t imagine working with a photographer who I didn’t click with (I’m not the most comfortable in front of a camera).

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I narrowed it down to my favorite four (based on price and quality of pictures) and met with them over a two week period. I don’t think six is that much. It pretty much came down to who I felt “got” what I wanted.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I set up meetings with two photographers.  I ended up booking the first one during our meeting and not even meeting with the second (although I did talk to the second informally at a bridal show). 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We just finished our meeting with photographers–3 in total (though we really were pretty sure we liked the 2nd one from the beginning).  His photographs are really beauitful, and it feels like a great cost for the quality.

So, in response to what we looked for…photo quality was important,  as was a shared vision on what kinds of photos (mostly candids, a few posed).  He commented on that before we did, which was great.  And, his approach reflected what we were hoping for (quiet and in the background for the most part). 

I think when you pick out a photographer, it’s important to consider what’s most important to you–style of work?  type of work?  personality?  approach to work (super actively involved vs. more off to the side and quiet).  Also, budget is good to consider. 🙂

Good luck with your search!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We met with three. The first one I loved, but my fiance didn’t really like her work. The second one was the huuuugest jerk, and totally full fo himself, so needless to say that was out (and I really loved his style, but the meeting left me with such a bad taste in my mouth. He was SO rude!). The third one, who we booked, was actually a duo that does photo and video. We totally clicked with them personality wise, their style is awesome, and even our dogs were playing together. I think the thing that sealed the deal was that they will travel from out of town to our wedding (4.5 hours one way) and are barely charging any travel fees. They are so awesome! I’m exciteddddd!

I really think personality is SO important. The pictures they will be taking of you will be so intimate, you definitely want someone who you will feel comfortable with. And don’t be afraid to broaden you search to people in nearby towns, because they may have more to offer and still be in your price range!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Looked at quite a few, met techinically with three (two in a none photog capacity, one is the college pastor’s wife and the other took pictures of me at my last formal horse show and was my mom’s college friend). The one we are going with we actually won a discount with and we were more inclinded with them when the guy we talked to was also a dancer- we actually picked him for his style without knowning who he was.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We’ve met with 2, we booked the 2nd one because she was genuinely interested in what we wanted. The first one was smiling and talking, but he was talking more about himself and really didn’t ask us what we were expecting, he was also a lot cheaper. The price was our second priority, first of course, we wanted someone who would make us comfortable and who wanted to know about us.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I looked at a ton online, read reviews, looked at online albums and narrowed it down. Then, contacted each and asked for pricing, narrowed it down to 1, met with the #1 choice, she was available, and booked her.

I think 6 sounds like a really high number. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I highly suggest taking a step back and really evaluate what you want from a photographer, what your budget is and what is most important to you. Focus on those aspects, narrow your choices down a bit and then look for a personality in a photog that fits with yours and your Fiance.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Fiance looked at a bunch online and emailed them all for additional information.  We met with 4 photogs and it was great, because even though they had a similar photography style, we really connected with one and going to in-person meetings made all the difference.  

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