(Closed) How to Pick a Photographer!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What are your priorities when choosing a photographer?
    Number of pictures you get : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Photographer's personality and attitude : (22 votes)
    31 %
    Cost of add-ons (albums, prints, etc.) : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Style and quality of the pictures (whose pictures do you just like better) : (32 votes)
    45 %
    Editing inclusions with basic package (air brushing, colour corrections) : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Something else - please comment below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    What is it about Photographer #2’s pictures that you don’t like as much as #1’s?  I think making sure that your personalities click is important, but so is photographic style.  In some cases you can just tell your photographer “I’m looking for more photojournalistic photos than posed shots” or something, but in some cases of style, it’s just how their personal shooting is (ie composition, framing, etc.) and is not easily changed because it is ingrained in them.

    Post # 5
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    2077 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I could have written this post.

    We met with 2 photographers and had to weigh almost the same exact pros and cons. The first photogs were nice enough, but the whole meeting felt very forced and a little uncomfortable, despite their gorgeous, color rich photos (which is really FI’s style).  The second photog we met with instantly clicked with us and was so genuine and nice.  Her style is more photojournalistic (which is more my style) with slightly softer colors.  We decided to go with the second photographer almost entirely because we felt so comfortable with her.

    I would go with the photog who’s personality you like best.  Dealing with arrogance on your wedding day, despite the amount of pictures/editing you get from them, isn’t something I’d want to deal with.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Only 500-600?  How many photos do you think you need?

    Post # 7
    Member
    1916 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    If you’re concerned about the number of photos, I would consider asking about a second shooter.  My photographer shoots about 500-600 photos at an eight hour wedding.  The second shooter added about an additional 300 photos.  That being said, I don’t think you want your photographer giving you a bunch of crappy photos just to get to 1,200 photos, because that is what he promised you. 

    Post # 9
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @jivet:  Well 12 hours is a lot of coverage, no doubt.  I guess what I mean is we get asked the “how many do I get question” a lot and I don’t always quite understand the reasoning.  I mean if he’s providing 500-600 images how many more do you feel you need to be satisfied, and is it just a number thing that is equated to a perception of value?  My peers that operate as we do in two person teams tend to deliver about 100/hr.  But it’s just a number.  Some people on this board get way more than that, or feel the need to see every single image the photographer took.  We are more focused on quality over quantity and I feel like if I am going to deliver beyond my normal process I need to start charging more. Depending on the level of processing involved sometimes 500 quality photos may be a much more time consuming process than 2000 that don’t receive the same level of attention in post production.

    Post # 10
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    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Our photographer we picked because we liked her shooting and editing style. her pictures are journalistic with a vintage feel – which I adore. We get our best pictures of the day (450, if i recall correctly) for half what we were going to spend for someone who took very posed, very staged pictures (half his portfolio was staged shots).

    We just took our engagement pics with our photographer and I am beyond thrilled to have her working our wedding.

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