(Closed) NEED help with photography!!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I started with looking at reviews of photographers in my area. The vendor section here at Weddingbee is really great! I’d start there and find some photographers that are highly rated, then begin visiting their websites to see if you like them. Pretty soon, you’ll begin to see a pattern in the types of photos you like or don’t like. As far as the price, it really just takes some time looking at various photographers until you find one that fits within your budget! There’s really no science to it, just a lot of research and patience! 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 4
Hostess
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t really know anything about photographers either.  The two big styles are formal posed pictures and documentary style.  A lot of people now like the documentary style.  I would just start looking at photographers and see which ones speak to you.  I was about to go with one photographer but then my husband told me about someone that his coworker used and I fell in love with his work!

And if you have questions comparing photogs, feel free to post here!  Lots of bees do it!

Post # 5
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317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Most wedding photographers are a mix of photojournalism and poses. You probably would want them both.

The Photos:

When I looked through photos, I sought out for the use of lighting (flash is just wrong) and if their images have a good contrast and “crispness.” There is so much technology in addition to talent so you want to make sure they have and know how to use it.

I also looked at the people, do they look good? This goes with the lighting too, a talanted photographer will make good use of the lighting to make people look good, and not have shadows in the wrong places.

The Prices:

Don’t let their starting price freak you out. Some people say starting at $$ but won’t tell you what’s in the package until you ask. A lot of photographers will offer a small package of a CD and a few hours but their more common package would be more. Another photographer won’t have a small package so it would appear they’re more pricey if their basic package has more beef.

You have to decide how long you need a photographer for, the more hours of course the more expensive. I normalized all my potential photographers from their packages (10 hours, a book, CD, e-session for example) and compared that way.

The Personality:

I mentioned in another thread that I believe photographers should be on a little more personal level than some other vendors. You guys should really like each other!! I think most brides don’t want a jackass no matter how good a deal they have. I looked at their online prescence and was attracted to the ones with updated blogs. You should definitely google them and look for red flags. No internet news is sometimes good news.

 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I knew we wanted a mix of posed photos and documentary style photos from our wedding, but I didn’t want anything that didn’t look like us, like laying in a field or on a beat up truck.  I think that’s the best starting point for “style”.  Do you want inside the venue, out in greenery, city style, country, vintage, etc? 

For what to look for, I’d find up to 5 photogs who’s photos you love, then call to get price points and make appointments to meet with the ones who match your price point.  Then when you meet with them, you can get to know their style and personality. 

Always find out what the arrangement will be for who has rights to the photos, how many photos you’ll get, they’re retouching policy, if they have back up equipment, and in what form you’ll get your photos. 

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