(Closed) Married bees…Cheap Photographer

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Were you happy with cheap photog?
    I bought a package under the average photographer price and was very happy with the results! : (3 votes)
    18 %
    I bought a package under the average photographer price and the results were just ok : (5 votes)
    29 %
    I bought a package under the average photographer price and was very disappointed with the results : (9 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I dont know how set in stone your date is, but if you get married sunday-thursday it is usually SUBSTANTIALLY cheaper than a weekend wedding. 

    Post # 4
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    we took the gamble and went with a low budget photographer. And one year later i am still angry at the photos. I had to do a lot of work on them to get them to look half decent and there are so mnay photos that he just didnt take. On the other hand I still wouldnt pay thousands for wedding photographs either.

    Post # 5
    2087 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I have the same problem!!! None of my friends in this area are married except for one and her wedding was like 8 years ago and we were really young and they had no money…


    I found one photographer that I really like but hasn’t really done weddings before but he’ll do the wedding and engagement photos for $1500… just scared to try someone so new

    Post # 6
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m having my sister’s boyfriend take our engagement photos and then deciding if he’s good enough to do the wedding :

    Post # 7
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @kersta92212:  Here are some great questions you need to ask, because chances are this is a newer photographer and chances are they are not running a legit business (if they were, 40% of that would go to taxes right off the top and that’s not even close to a living wage when you break down the expenses involved in a legit photo business):

    – How many weddings have they photographed?
    – What sort of equipment are they using? Do they have backup equipment? If so, what is it?
    – Do they have liability insurance (many venues require it)?
    – Do they have a business license?
    – Do they edit the images or are you getting them straight out of camera?
    – What happens if they are not able to photograph the wedding? (i.e. what’s the backup plan in the case of an emergency)?
    – Do they have experience working in challenging lighting situations?

    These are just a few of the questions you should get answers to. If you’d like to ask them and post the responses here I’d be happy to let you know if I see any red flags. A lot of issues come up with newer/not legit photographers on the Bee and it’s not something you can re-do if it doesn’t turn out well. Hope we’re able to help in some way!

    Post # 10
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I couldn’t vote as we spent average or high for our area. That being said, having booked two photographers (got rid of one and hired another), the pricier of the two actually did not have as good of customer service or quality so I think at some point, the cost differential isn’t as strong of an indicator of quality.

    Post # 11
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I hired a really cheap photographer. I’d say that I got my money’s worth out of it. The shots are okay, but not great. He basically captured the moments and told us how to stand, but nothing came out super impressive or creative.I really regret not spending more on photos because I get so jealous looking at how beautiful other people’s photos came out.

    Make sure you have realistic expectations from your photos. Even best case scenario, it’s not likely to get *any* WOW photos. The best photos you get will probably be average. Make sure you look at the photographer’s work (whole weddings, not just highlights) and decide if you’ll be happy with that quality.

    Post # 13
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @kersta92212:  Yes it’s out of line to ask him to discount his pricing even more than he already is discounted. Why would you expect to owe less by paying in cash?

    Remember that aside from the spouse and the ring, the photos are the only thing you have after the wedding.

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