(Closed) Issues Selecting a Photographer

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you are an emotional person go for the photographer whos pics give you an emotional reaction. If they can give you an emotional reaction with a stranger’s pics imagine what they can do with your wedding pics!

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

FutureMrsMartin has excellent advice; emotional reaction was my highest priority for a photographer. Also, I’d say to match the photographer to the type of wedding you’re having. If, for example, a photographer’s best shots are of outdoor, flowery weddings, and yours will be in a giant, dark reception hall, I’d think twice.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Stage 6 Steiner Studios

Another consideration is responsiveness — have your interactions been give and take or are you waiting constantly for the photog to email you back? Photographers have different schedules than people w/desk jobs and during busy season especially they get overloaded w/work. So be sure to know how quickly you’ll get your pics back as well as whether they respond quickly to your emails or wait days or you have to send a follow-up to get a response. 

Also, I felt like I had photographer overload one week when I was searching. Maybe take a couple days break and revisit their pics. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am going through that right now! You are not alone!   We have interviewed a few people and I think the more we interview the more I get confused.  Can’t help you much more than that… lol

We are meeting someone tomorrow night and I am hopeful with this one.  I hope it works out well because I am sick of looking for one and I need to move on with the next vendor search!

 

Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Everyone had such great advice…and it made me realize how lucky I was to have had an amazing photog just land in my lap…but yes, I am gonna echo…

  • the photos feeling – what pics (examples) feel the most “you”?
  • the photographer’s personality – who do you feel the most comfortable with for basically stalking you around all day?
  • what does your Fiance think?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I work in a visual field and am subsequently extraordinarily picky when it comes to photographers. I looked for approximately 100hours before I found ours. I had previously narrowed it down to 5-6 I didn’t actively *dislike*. When I found our photographer (shout out, Erica Berger of SF!), I screamed with joy and made my Fiance jump out of his skin. I knew when I saw her blog.

Come to think of it, I had a much stronger reaction to finding my photographer than finding my dress… 🙂

Post # 12
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

Do all of them include exactly what you what in terms of coverage, second shooter, engagements/bridals, etc?

Have you read any reviews online from other brides who have used them?

I would love to know who you are looking at 🙂

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ugg, I can totally relate! My fiance used to work as a photographer, and therefore he is VERY PICKY. However, all of the photographers I show him that are within his budget don’t seem to pass his muster, and I don’t know what to do. We really can’t afford to much higher than $2k for a photographer, so that limits us to more junior people, and I think all of their photos are good, but not as good as some other portfolios I’ve seen.

Good luck choosing your photog!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A lot of people above have suggested some really helpful things. One thing that helped us in selecting a photog was to (gulp) start the search again. We had already interviewed with two, and were kind of stuck on what to do. I went back through several professional organizations’ listings in reverse order, catching many who hadn’t caught my eye before, and lo and behold, there were our photographers, just waiting for us!

If you don’t want to search again, I second the suggestion of balancing the services provided by each photographer. Think photo booth, a second shooter, any included products/credits (albums, guestbooks, digital negatives), amount of time covered – perhaps judge what’s more important for you in terms of raw services and go from there.

The last thing to consider, especially if you have access to full proof galleries from each photographer, is how well each photog does the one type of photo that’s most/very important to you. Thinking about it between my fiancee and me, we decided that we really wanted a photographer would could take amazing formals that were posed but not stiff, that still had that fun element. So we went through and looked at examples in several weddings from each different photog, and that really helped solidify our decision.

Hope any of this helps – it is a big decision to make, but I’m sure you’ll find the right one.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I don’t think anyone else can help you with this decision. You need to consider the photographer’s reputation, style, professionalism and personality along with how their services will fit into your budget. Don’t wait too long to book someone running high on your list of possibilities. If you wait too long, they might get booked by someone else.

Also, don’t overlook the power of referrals during your search. Someone else’s good experience from start to finish is a good sign that you’ll also have a good experience from start to finish. And please run background checks (i.e.: search the internet for complaints and also check their standing with the BBB) before signing with any vendor.

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