Post # 1
hey so i found a photographer that i really like her work. she charges 400 bucks for 6 hours and she edits the photos, puts them on a disc and give us teh coprights to them. she is fairly new and trying to build her profolio so thats why she pretty cheap. but i looked at her photos and they were awesome, just the style we were looking for! the only thing that kinda worries me is that she is in arizona until june and we cant meet with her until then, chances our she will be booked beofre then for our date in august… we’ve talekd to her on the phone and email about what we wanted and looked at photos through her webpage. were ofcoarse will meet her before the wedding…. but do you think its smart to book her without meeting in person? i knnow she legit too though.
Post # 3
How many weddings has she shot? How do you know she’s legit?
To me, a photographer with an extensive wedding portfolio is important because shooting weddings presents a unique set of challenges. A portrait photographer or photojournalist may well be very talented but need more experience in wedding photography before he or she is ready to be a primary shooter.
Find out all the information you can, and weigh the pros and cons of experience & style versus cost… for us, photography is one of the few areas we are not skimping on, but everyone has their own “skimp” vs “save” priorities!
Post # 4
That is a very good deal, if you are going to get the quality and service that you want and expect.
Post # 5
If you know she’s legit (not a scam or something) and think the work is good that’s a great deal – I’m paying about 6x that for the same thing.
Post # 6
heres her website http://blessedimages.smugmug.com/
we really dont have alot of money in our budget, i’ve looked at other peoples work around her price and they lookd HORRIBLE. even compared to photographers who are in the 1200 price range didnt look that great. i’m really impressed by her pictures. she has more of a portract background but has done a couple weddings. she also has phtojournalistic style-which is really important to me and my fiance. she sent me over a contract so i’m prettty sure she legit, but i’m gonna ask for refererces too.
Post # 7
Its a good deal but there is just alot to think about… will she be able to capture those moments you want without intturupting everything to get the shot she needs.
Can she work with the natural lighting avalaible… I think this is a big thing having a camera powerful enough and knowing how to work with the avaliable lighting… because flash photography will not only distort your colors… it will also wash you out
does she know the right angles to use? Does she have bakup equipment.
Are you prepared with the posibility of having just ok or good pictures … as opposed to amazing pictures because your photographer just didnt have the right eye to see everything yet.
We almost went with a cheaper photographer she was just starting and charging less than half what we are paying now. She was a really nice lady but I got to looking at her portfolio and I dunno maybe it is because i am a perfectionist but I started noticing so many rookie mistakes..
Now i know that when you are capturing the moment you sometimes just have to work with what is surrounding… but i was noticing in her posey posey pictures she was having things in the back ground that just I dunno she could have posed else where and could have been worked around…. Like in one picture there was half of a trash can… in another there was an ugly beat up baseboard in the background.
The actual subjects looked good but i dont think she stopped to see the bigger picture of what else will be seen in this picture and to me it just wasnt good
Post # 8
i have to admit … by looking at her photos she has a good eye but i would definately ask some more questions just to make sure she has backup plans…. and such
Post # 9
I had every intention of booking my photographer before meeting her but was luckily able to arrange our engagement session early enough to meet her. My photographer is in a similar price bracket to yours and also just starting out. However she does have 12 yrs experience as a 2nd photographer/assistant. I would ask yours about her experience and training and maybe to provide you with some pictures that aren’t featured on her site. Obviously photographers pick the best of the best to be out there for the public to see so I’d be interested in seeing what else they have to offer. Also maybe ask her if she has any references you could get in touch with. It is possible to have just what you want in that price range, just make sure you’ve done your research.
Post # 10
Just a note to Star there is a difference between “rights” and “copyrights.” If she is doing this to build her portfolio, she’s not giving you the copyrights, otherwise SHE wouldn’t even have the rights to even use them for her portfolio online without YOUR permission. She is probably just offering the rights to print FYI. Her work looks okay, but I dont see anything photojournalistic. Looks mostly posed and like detail shots. I’d be concerned about her ability to capture the moments and definitely ask to see a whole wedding.
Post # 11
To add to LBPhotography’s suggestion, I’d ask to see a wedding that was shot in similar lighting to how your wedding will be lit (ie if your wedding is indoors in the evening, ask to see an indoor wedding shot in the evening). You stated that she’s fairly new to wedding photography, so if she doesn’t have a wedding shot in the same lighting conditions, ask to see something as close to your conditions as possible. Lighting is a really challenging and critical part of wedding photography.
Post # 12
Star, one more thing to consider – you want to “click” with your photog (okay…pun entirely intended). She’s going to be with you for six hours on the biggest day of your life, so just make sure your personalities mesh and you are comfortable with her too.
Post # 13
I’ve had to deal with this as my wedding is on the other side of the country from where I live. We had to book the photog without meeting her in person first. However, I really felt comfortable with her on the phone and heard good reviews from others.
Later on, I met her, and I’m happy with my choice. If you are limited by your budget, then as long as you don’t see any red flags and like her work that you’ve seen, I’d go for it.