Post # 1
We’ve decided on a venue (still no date yet!) I love the venue. Its a B&B, its on a farm (looking forward to pictures with llamas and cows :D) and its overall just absolutely perfect. But it comes with its own photographer. First I was like “yay, that makes it easy,” the photographer comes included with the pricing, so thats all done. The pictures on their website look good. And then I looked him up. The pictures he has on his facebook are just…. Eh. I could do them with my point and shoot.
I asked the owners of the B&B if we would be able to bring our own photographer instead, and she said yes…. But the fee would remain the same, and we’d also have to pay for our photograher. It just wouldnt be worth it to me to pay $1000+ EXTRA, when the fee for a photographer is already included.
Here’s his facebook and website. Someone convince me he’s not as bad as my head is thinking he is. =(
Post # 3
It is definitely not my style of photography and I would spend the extra money on another photographer, but it is a matter of personal taste and preference. What type of wedding photography do you prefer?
Post # 4
@allyfally: If it were me, I would splurge and bring in a different photographer.
I could only see the facebook photos and the examples of his work are just kinda all over the place as far as subject matter. There are only a few wedding photos posted which would make me nervous. His style is very posed, which isn’t what I wanted for wedding photos (you might have a different take though).
Post # 5
I’m not a huge fan, either. I would splurge.
Post # 6
I would splurge if we could. We literally do not have the money. The only way it would fit into our budget is is we told our guests that they would not be eating the entire night.
Post # 7
We could cut our guest list, I guess. Go from 40 to 20.
Post # 8
I see his facebook pictures and I don’t like them, couldn’t see the other link, they’re just normal shots without any oomph for a wedding! If you can, spend the money for another photographer and tell the venue they have to give you the option because phtotography is a choice thing.
EDIT: I see you update, it’s sad that you don’t have the money for it, I would try and get it somehow.
Post # 9
@allyfally: I don’t love the photos. But I also wouldn’t cut HALF my guest list to get a new photographer.
You have more than a year between then and now. I’d think in Louisville, you’d be able to find a decent photographer for $1500 (not OMG AMAZING, but very good). In a year, can someone…
– Take on an extra job
– Sell something you own
– Work overtime
– Cut back in another area (cable, cell phones, eating out, clothes, whatever)
– Donate plasma
– Take on cutting lawns or cleaning houses for friends and family
to save up that amount?
Don’t cut your guest list. That would be really sad. I’d take this photographer over cutting from 40 to 20. If you were cutting from 180 to 160, I’d feel differently. But 40 to 20 is a big difference.
There IS a way in the next year…
Post # 10
@allyfally: i think people are what make a wedding. Of course its about getting married to the man you love, but its also (for me) about celebrating that with friends and family. So i wouldnt cut the guest list
It sucks that its not in the budget for a new one so i would use the photographer included in the package
You could look into getting a photography student at low cost as well. Granted they wouldnt have a lot of experience but their photos could be a back up? unless the venues photographer has a contract saying they are the exclusive photographer
Post # 11
Oh, honey, no.
NEVER use any sort of artist who feels the need to write the word “art” on his creations. He isn’t convincing anyone.
His work looks amateurish, and the words he puts over the rest of them (including the adverts, EUGH! As someone in that industry, the badness of these makes me literally cringe!) along with many of the poses suggest he doesn’t have The Eye. And that’s ok! Lots of people don’t have it. He can do a great many things in the world without it, but he shouldn’t be behind the camera at your wedding. He seems to have no idea what to do with lighting, and I am wondering at this point whether his camera even has settings for things like ISO.
That said, he looks like he isn’t completely unskilled, so if you wind up having to go with him for financial reasons, it won’t be the end of the world. You will get some photos of varying technical skill level, and probably one or two that are posed and lighted to your liking. But at the end of the day, if you were my sister or best friend and went with this guy, I’d look at your pictures and be a bit disappointed for you.
Why don’t you hold a garage sale, or sell some stuff on Ebay, or work nights at Subway for a couple months? Will that photog let you pay him/her out after the wedding, with the understanding that you wouldn’t see a single pic until you were paid in full?
Post # 12
@NAvery: I know theres still time, but we had just set up this budget. It sucks to already have to reconsider it.
Honestly we were already talking about only inviting 20 guests. Most of his family live out of state and arent very close, so they probably wouldnt come anyways. And most of my family would come, but spend the entire day bickering and complaining about everything.
@EffieTrinket: I thought the same thing about his “art” thing. How tacky can you get?!
Post # 13
I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks he’s kinda awful. I thought I was being too harsh and picky.
Post # 14
Your wedding images are SUCH a big deal and I don’t think they’re worth compromising on. If it’s important to you to have nice photos, you’re going to have to splurge.
Post # 15
Oh my… no, just no. Honey, I’d be looking for some way to raise the money and fast! His text over his images is just bad. Putting “art” on your photography is beyond tacky. I am honestly shocked that he has 10 years of experience… and that is just sad.
Though, he does tell you himself exactly what to do:
Guess I chose incorrectly, ya know, since my photographer is a woman. But seriously, splurge and get another photographer. Make sure he isn’t taking pictures eithers, because you do NOT want his flash ruining the shots of a true professional.
Post # 16
I’ve never heard of a venue coming with it’s own photographer. Why is the B&B so hellbent on you using their photographer? Is it a family member or a friend of the owners? It seems ridiculous for you to have to pay an extra $1k for a vendor because the B&B wants you to use theirs. I would save up the money or make the sacrifices to bring in your own, even if you have to get the one you choose for less time.