Post # 1
Hello! So, I am trying to figure out photography and it’s loking like we can either afford 6 hours of Photographer A or 3 hours of Photographer B. I really, really, like Photographer B’s photos much, much better, but I am wrestling with whether or not it is worth having only 3 hours of photos to get the quality I am looking for. Can you please look at the pictures below and tell me if it is obvious from the work that one is double what the other charges?
Photographer A is not ridiculously bad, but they tend to overuse the softening tool and make everything look like it’ s been poorly airbrushed which I don’t know if they are using to try to cover up their lack of real skill or if they are just heavy handed with it. Either way, I don’t like it and it makes me nervous that people that are professionals think it looks good!
Our wedding is going to be only 19 people total and held in a house we rented for the weekend right on the water, so I think we could probably fit the ceremony, some family shots, sunset pics, a little bit of dancing and if we cut the cake before dinner is served we could probably fit that in too within the 3 hours. Is there anyone who has had some experience care to chime in and let me know if that is realistic for 3 hours?
Post # 2
I would definitely not go with A. I do like B’s photographs, and for as small as your wedding is going to be, 3 hours may be fine. If I were you, though, I’d probably also look for others who I like more than A who may also give you more hours than B
Post # 3
Personally I don’t find Photographer B’s photos any better than A. 3 hours really doesn’t sound like much time at all. Can you keep looking and find a happy medium? I’m a photographer myself so photos has been my number one priority for planning, so it might just be me being too picky. I do think you need more than 3 hours though!
Post # 4
Photog A is awfully blurry. I think you’re being kind to call it airbrushed because if they are, it’s probably as you suspect… only to cover up for poor technique in the first place. I prefer crisp photos and would definitely not hire that one. B uses a lot of filters that I wouldn’t want, but if you like that style it’s no big deal… at least the shots are clear. They might even give you untouched images as well as their modifications.
It’s true that three hours isn’t a lot of time, but would you like six hours of mediocre photos or three of good ones? come up with a plan for exactly where you want to have the photos taken, any specifics you do not want to miss out on no matter what, and go from there. Having a schedule will definitely help you out.
Post # 5
C, none of the above. Honestly, I’m not a fan of either. As a wedding photographer who shoots primarily in a destination area – I can speak from a lot of experience when I tell you that 3 hours is PLENTY for a wedding with 19 people. 30 minutes of getting ready photos, 30 minutes for ceremony (which realistically lasts around 15min), an hour for portraits, that leaves you an hour to cover “reception”. My suggestion is to stack any key moments you want captured (first dance, parent dances, toasts) as soon as you enter your reception. That way once you start dinner, your coverage will end with the photographer.
Post # 6
Photog. A’s photos look really blurry and I have a feeling that if you chose them you would just get 6 hours worth of “ok” photos. Photog. B’s photos are clearer as PP mentioned, they seem to use a lot of filters on their photos.
Can you find someone in the middle within your price range or have you narrowed it down to these two?
Post # 7
Hey ladies! Thank you both for your professional advice, it is appreciated! Can you maybe give me some pointers of what to look for or what to ask to see when meeting with possible photographers? Thanks!
Also, to all the rest who offered advice, thanks for taking the time to help! Looks like I need to keep looking 🙂
Post # 8
agree C – other. Goodluck bee.
Post # 9
I would not choose A bc I do not like the photos. I would choose another photographer that is more affordable but can give results closer to B.
Post # 11
I think they both look about the same based on these 3 photos. Can you tell the one photographer not to use soft focus? I just hate the parasol and photo #2 from Photographer B so that is influencing my opinion.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider
I also agree with C, and I have another suggestion – though your wedding is small, you may want pictures of yourself getting ready, or have the photographer stay late to catch details or interactions between your family. that size party is really intimate, and you might be surprised how much better you remember all the personal little moments if you have better photographic coverage
Post # 13
Here are some others…do you still think they both look the same quality?
Thanks for the advice…I think you may be right about that. 🙂
Post # 14
Hmmmm… I don’t know if the new pix posted are from one photographer or both?? Pictures 1 and 3 have MUCH better lighting than picture 2. If the lighting in picture 2 is indicative of one of the photographers, that one gets the ax. Pic 2 is not my personal taste in style either. I agree with others, you might need to find Photographer C.
Post # 15
What area are you getting married? Feel free to PM it if you don’t want to put it out in the open. That can make it easier to offer suggestions based on your location. As for pointers on what to ask, that usually comes after you’ve found someone worth reaching out to. Getting through their portfolio is half the battle.
One thing I always tell people to look for consistantcy in the portfolio. When you see portfolios with very different editing from image to image, that’s a pretty clear sign of someone who is more inexperienced – because they haven’t quite found their style yet. I personally am, and am drawn to, clean editing. There is nothing wrong with filters (most commonly are those to emmulate film, with a more soft/matte look) when used properly. The issue is that all too often they’re used by new photographers to “fix” a photo they didn’t take correctly.