Post # 1
I’m trying to pick a photographer within a budget of 2k or less. I have found 2 that fall around 2k, and another one that is only 1k with limited experience, but her portfolio of weddings is nice. The first 2 do wedding photography for a living and have a lot of experience, while the 3rd one who is cheaper states she has been doing it for 2 years and has learned everything on her own. What should I do? Pay extra for a “professional” or take a chance and save $$????
Post # 3
Do your have their websites? I was a wedding photographer for over two years- I took a few college courses and taught myself the rest. In fact, most photographers I know are self taught (photographers in the 3-5k range).
If you don’t want to provide the websites, ask the lower priced option to let you see a full wedding gallery. The photos you see on a website/blog are the best of the best to attract clients. If her work is consistent, I may go with her. Just make sure she uses contract and her affairs are in order.
Post # 4
Our photographer had only been a wedding photographer for about a year. She was wonderful! She was a part time child’s photographer for a while and then finally made the jump into wedding. She is a great person that we get along with wonderfully too. She was the more affordable option but we liked her work much better than many others who where charging more.
Because they all fall into your budget, I would look at the work and see who you like most. I would go with the one who’s work you like the best. I would also consider how you get along with them as people. Sometimes it can be difficult if your personalities don’t mesh.
Post # 5
Taking a chance is never a recommendation I’d make.
Post # 6
As a wedding photographer there are SO many factors that those just starting out really don’t consider.
- Does this person have professional level equipment? Do they have backup gear of the same level? (Yes, gear doesn’t make the photographer, but it’s just common knowledge that a Canon Rebel isn’t going to handle low light situations like a professional level body will.)
- Do they have business and liability insurance? What happens if due to inexpereince or gear failure your wedding images are lost? What happens if someone trips over their camera bag at your wedding?
- Are they equiped to handle the high stress of the day? Wedding photographers with experience can easily handle shooting “on the fly”, making adjustments when needed, and getting things done under pressure. I’ve seen many newbies crack under the pressure.
- Are they capable of editing properly? Picnik and using actions to help bad photos doesn’t count. 😉
Look, we all start somewhere, but for me personally I wouldn’t take the chance. For myself I worked as a portrait photographer before branching into weddings. Even then I was shooting as a second shooter with expereinced wedding photographers for a while. There is a difference between someone who has their “ducks in a row” and decides to move into weddings and someone who hasn’t mastered their skill yet.
I don’t want to be a debbie downer, but it’s really hard to say without seeing their work. I know some fabulous photographers who were so ready early on they didn’t have to train for very long. Likewise, I knows pros who have been in the business 20 years who I feel don’t have the quality level to be shooting weddings. It’s really about what YOU want. Of course, if it’s between an extream newbie or uncle bob with a camera, pay the money and pick the newbie. If you have the buget, hire a professional.
Post # 7
@starfish0116: Thank you for your post. I haven’t really thought about all those things. It seems so overwhelming because there are so many “photographers” to choose from. thanks again!!