Post # 1
How strongly did you feel about your photographer? I met with many and felt underwhelmed. All were nice and took very good pictures, but I never felt the OMG feeling. There are so many talented photographers out there, it seems difficult to go wrong. I’ve narrowed it down to the one whose proofs were best (they also are the nicest people, have the best price, and are a Knot pick for five consecutive years). The only real downside is that they work more in the Philly area and don’t really get to my area in Jersey all that often (is that even a con? lol)
So now I am at the point of being close to signing a contract, and I kind of just feel very detached…I know the pictures will be good, I am not worried about their quality or style or anything like that, but I feel like I should feel more excited than I do. If I feel confident in their ability, am I just being a crazy for wanting to feel like they are the ONLY people who could photograph my wedding?
Am I just obsessing unnecessarily?
Post # 3
I met with two I guess. One was actually taking the pictures for a wedding I was in and he had no personality and his pictures were okay. The one that we chose, I was able to talk to and was comfortable around, which I think is important because I am not good at talking ot people I dont know, his pictures were wonderful too (he also took more candid photos and photo journaistic type shots which I liked better).
Post # 4
When we got married, we booked the first person we met with. In hindsight, I don’t know why we did this. It was sort of “I don’t care, lets get this out of the way..” I regret that.
Post # 5
I think you have to ask yourself why you feel underwhelmed. I know when I first started looking at weddings on the internet and looking for a photographer I felt the same way. Why didn’t all of them have blog/magazine worthy photos? Why did all the ones who did publish in magazines charge as much as a new car? After you fill your head with those photos (especially on Style Me Pretty) nothing can compare.
Then I started to talk to those photographers who were starting off at $4500 and higher and I realize we just didn’t click. While I was impressed with their portfolios, I was put off by their attitude and these would be the people I would be spending all day with.
I then decided that I was going to find someone with a great portfolio and that I clicked with. I found our photographers and clicked with them the first time I spoke with them on the phone. And you should know that I hate hate talking on the phone for long periods, but I love talking to them!
Post # 6
I am ridiculously psyched up about our photographers, but I don’t feel like they’re the only ones who could photograph our wedding. Part of why I’m so psyched is their pictures, and the other part is personality – they’re a married couple who were my best friend’s wedding photographers, she has an awesome blog all about her travels and expat life, and they sent us chocolates at Christmas. And the pictures are fantastic. I was a little : about the cost at first and going with someone from out of town. I’d say the going from happy with my choice to OMGGLEEE took some time. That’s the way it’s been with a lot of wedding decisions, actually. Once I’m no longer debating about something anymore, it becomes a lot easier to get excited about it.
Post # 7
I thought I replied to this but it didn’t post 🙁 I love my photographer and can’t imagine going with anyone else. Yes, she takes awesome pictures but so do a lot of other people (granted, not a lot in my budget). It is her personality that won me over. We just click. After having such a great time with her when she shot our engagement pictures I seriously cannot wait to see her on our wedding day.
Post # 8
I had a “love at first sight” moment with my photographer. I’m SUPER picky and she is the BEST. Her editing is amazing and her attention to detail is unreal (posing/candid ideas, background, lighting, the slightest things). I knew who my photographer HAD to be before I was engaged, I just had to find a venue to get a date to book her.
Post # 9
I loveeeeeeeeeee mine! I found them from a post on weddingbee actually, they’re AWESOME and just got engaged themselves….oh, and they are a great deal!
Post # 10
i just booked my photographer and you couldn’t get me to stop talking about him. I started sifting through websites, knot picks, picks on here and people that were suggested by my planner.
I decided to go with the photos I loved first and then meet the people, because I have plenty of people I LIKE that cut the heads out of photos. I needed someone I would feel like was my bff just taking amazing photos of us.
I narrowed it down to two. I loved her photos but she was very artistic in that socially awkward way. In her pictures I felt like she’d catch our edgy and standard photos…but I didn’t feel like I could kick it with her. I felt like I’d be less likely to see her camera and let her in to get those candid shots I really want.
HE WAS BRILLIANT as soon as I walked up to his booth at a bridal show. Sarcastic easy going like….that guy you go hang out with once or twice a week. Watch the game eat some wings….he just also happened to take photos that read like that too. Every review I read. every photo I flipped through the photos read like he got some inside joke with the wedding and never stopped taking great photos of it.
Its the person. He costs more but he acted like he cost 230 and a cup of coffee.
SEE HOW I’VE RAMBLED ON!!! I LOVE MY PHOTOGRAPHER!
Post # 11
I think the photographer we hired will do fine. We spoke on the phone first and the phone conversation went well enough that I chose her. The wedding is a destination wedding, so I couldn’t meet with all of the vendors in person before booking them. When we met her in person in Dec for an engagement shoot, I didn’t click with her. So while I don’t strongly like her, I think it’ll be ok. Or so I’m hoping.
Post # 12
I am thrilled with my photographer. I kjnew he was the one I wanted from the beginning, but I also knew he was expensive. So I ended up meeting with 3 other photographers trying to talk myself out of working with my #1 choice due to price.
However, when I met with my photographer he ended up working with my budget concerns and he has a great personality and is super easy to work with!
Photography is very important to me so I put a lot of time and research into finding the photographer that best matched up with my vision!
Post # 13
Nooooooo, you are not obsessing unnecessarily! Do NOT sign a contract with someone you’re just “meh” about-especially since you have time to find someone you LOVE! As one of the PP’s said, I too fell in “love at first sight” with my photographer’s work- had she not been available on the date of my wedding, I would have switched the date to one where she was available, THAT’s how much I loved her, and how important the pics were to me. Where in NJ are you- because she travels! Also, aside from being amazingly talented, she is also one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Here is the link to my wedding pics and slideshow. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to PM me. My photographer was Alison Conklin.
My pics: http://www.alisonconklin.com/blog.cfm?q=kristy
Photographer’s website: http://www.alisonconklin.com/
Post # 14
So glad I am not the only one who didn’t have a “moment” when choosing their photographer!! I looked at dozens, hundreds maybe! Everyone was too expensive, too blase, too something. When I finally stumbled across our photographers, I really liked their work. We got 2 photogs for 8 hours for a great price. BUT, I am not absolutely in love with them, and I am sure there is someone else out there that could have done just as good.
Post # 15
Sorry, love! I’m in LOVE with my photographer, too! I love her work AND her! I can’t wait to do engagement pictures.
Check the wpja.com website (wedding photojournailist association) and maybe meet a few more. You can always have phone calls before scheduling in-person meetings.
If you’re feeling tepid but at least very comfortable, then go with one of the ones you’re looking at. BUT, if you’re not comfortable with them, it will show through in your pictures.
Post # 16
My husband and I were psyched about our photographer from the start! We met with a couple different ones and he was the one that we just instantly clicked with and felt would do a fantastic job on our photos. Personality to me (and how well we clicked) was sooooo important! I wanted to make sure that this person that would be involved in pretty much every aspect of 2 days for us would be someone that we got along with and felt comfortable with.