(Closed) Meeting w/ my First Photographer! (Help?)

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I asked about what kind of editing they would be doing to the pictures, if any, and talked a bit about the logistics of the day. 

As other Bees told me — what’s most important is that you connect to the photographer. We didn’t connect with the first one we met with (and that was after getting quotes from a few others and being turned off from their email alone) so we’re going to keep looking. 

Post # 4
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2011 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ask how many photographers will be present- if its only him you need to ask how many cameras does he use and does he take back ups.

What he charges for additional hours incase of weather issues or something that puts the schedle behind

does he require food

what is his style what influences him- does he highly edit or just enhance

 

Post # 6
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5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, honestly for that price I don’t think you can be too picky. If you like his pictures, I would hire him. I only met with two photographers and they did most of the talking and answered any question I could possibly have. I would just find out if there are one or two photographers (I’m guessing 1), what happens if he gets sick or can’t make it, what do other people get that he charges more for, etc. 

Post # 8
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

After looking at his website I am going to go out on a limb and assume he is not a full time professional.  His work is okay, and in line with someone who is charging about half of what a full time pro would start at (most pros are going to be starting in the 2500-3000 range).  You definitely shouldn’t be expecting a discount at those prices.  I also wouldn’t expect more than 1 photographer to be there.

Personality, trust, and rapport should be the number one factor in hiring a photographer.  Even if someone is good – not having those elements present in the relationship doesn’t bode well for a good experience.

Being that his website didn’t scream pro to me I would ask about things all wedding photographers should have but amateurs usually don’t- a complete set of backup gear (pro camera bodies, f/2.8 or faster lenses, multiple speedlites), business liability insurance, and he should be networked enough to be able to help find another photographer for you in an emergency.  Obviously there should be a contract involved, and you should go over it.

Lastly I would check into the deliverables and make sure your expectations are set on when you will received finished images.  His statement that he takes “unlimited images” to me is sort of silly, because no photographer puts a cap on how many images they take at a wedding, but very few pros ever deliver all the images taken.  Most of us edit the content to something managable (100 images per hour is fairly average), and perform some level of editing to those delivered shots.  You should understand what his editing process is.  His contract should at least approximate a delivery time.

Post # 11
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@inky_1:  All wedding photographers that are good enough to do it full time at one point were part time.  The level of attention and care I can give a client as a full time professional versus someone who worked a 40 hour a week day job in addition to photographing weddings on the side is vastly different.  As a part-timer I always thought it was just about the images, but now I know it is also about the full experience that you are delivering your client.  If you can only afford $1000 for photography, then no you’re not going to get a full time pro.  Whether or not it’s a cause for concern really has more to do with what your expectations are for your photos, and how important they are to you.  A lot of times people spend money on things at weddings that seem really important at the time, but may not be in the grand scheme of things.  Of course coming up with another $2000 to be able to hire someone who makes their sole living as a wedding photographer may not be possible no matter what for you.  

Here is my advice to you- whatever amount you are able to afford for your photography- spend it all on the photos themselves.  It’s far better to spend your full amount of the most talented person you can get to just show up and take the photos then it is to spend it on someone who isn’t as talented but offers more “stuff” for the same price.

Post # 13
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@inky_1:  That’s certainly possible, I definitely hope that’s the case for you!  Another thing you might consider (although this is about as good advice as playing a slot machine) is waiting until much closer to your date.  If for instance we get a really last minute inquiry for a date that is less than a month or two out we’re more adapt to offer a reduced rate.  Not as low as $1000, but sometimes in the $200-300 an hour range if it’s for a couple we really like.  Again it’s not the best advice because prime dates tend to book up fast.

But also take a hard look at the things you are spending money on.  As an example some people spend a fortune on top shelf liquor, and most wedding guests are perfectly happy with beer and wine.  Maybe that 10 member band can be scrapped for a DJ, etc.  Just depends on what your priorities are.  Some photographers offer payment plans, or can even help set up a photography registry for you.

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