Pay twice the price for photographer?

posted 1 year ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I would go with #2 most albums cost over $700, and a second photographer is great to have. Most people are like your fiancé and don’t like photos of themselves, but over time the nostalgia of your wedding photos will make him enjoy them.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

emeraldsparkle :  my bad. I didn’t mean to assume anything. I do think photos are a good place to spend extra. I hated that I had a giant smile and that created a double chin in our photos when I first got them. A year later it doesn’t bug me. I just remember how I get that day.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Photography was one of the most important factors to me.  I was really tempted to go with a cheaper photographer, but I had followed this one guy for many, many years and loved his work. He doesn’t have a large web presence, but that’s more his choice because he has chosen to work fewer weddings over the years and do more traveling. 

This photographer’s work is truly art, not just beautiful pictures.  He started as a landscape artist and moved into wedding photography while using his eye for beautiful landscapes.  Ultimately we decided to go with him even though he is $3,000+ without including any prints, just the digital rights.  Our wedding is still a few months away, so time will only tell if this choice will pay off, but I feel really confident in our decision.  

I think if you have a gut feeling, it’s probably right.  And, ultimately, a good photographer will know how to capture you in your very best light; you’ll still look like you, but at the best angles and poses.  However, at the same time, most of us are overly critical of ourselves and that won’t change no matter how beautiful the picture.  

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Photos will last forever, and if you’re feeling drawn to the expensive one, I say go for it – provided you can make room in your budget. I would cut a lot of things to feel like I worked with a fabulous photographer. Can you and your fiancée go to PR to meet them both to make sure you get along with them? It would be a shame to end up with someone who you hadn’t met and didn’t get along with well.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

emeraldsparkle :  Is the second photographer you are considering Tuty Feliciano? If she is, go with her. She is worth every single penny.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I felt good about my photographer after our engagement shoot … I wonder, if you really can’t decide, if you could do that first and then commit to hiring them for the wedding if you like how the engagement photos turn out? I agree that the cost of an album and a second photographer does add up. I think our 2nd photographer was $450 for a half day and albums can be $1000+. But it’s up to you to figure out what makes sense within your budget.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Im was kind of in the same boat, but have made my choice.  My photographer is charging us by the hour ($95), but that includes no pictures or albums.  I’m planning about 4 hours at wedding/reception and maybe an hour getting ready/pre-wedding.  So that’s about $500 – $600 for the photographer but no pictures.  After the wedding I can get all the proofs and digital rights for $250.  But I have to either buy the pictures from her or print my own and make my own albums.  

The reason I’m going with this option is I really like the photographer and have worked with her before.  I know buying pictures after the wedding  is going to be a major expense.  The only thing I’m upset about is the rehearsal & dinner.  I want her at the rehearsal to see how things are going to go.  I’d willing to invite her to the dinner so she can’t meet all our family and get a feel for their personalities.  She will only come if she is paid.  I don’t need/want pictures at the rehearsal and I’m NOT paying for her meal and them paying her to eat it ( although I guess I’ll will be doing that at the wedding).  

I’m just planning on paying her 1/2 hour for the rehearsal and not inviting her to the rehearsal dinner.  Family is saying it might be nice to have pictures of everyone together at the rehearsal dinner but I’m trying to say we’ll just take those ourselves.  

I know I will probably end up spending  $1000 or more on pictures and albums.  Getting an all package deal is nice, but in my case I know I will only be paying for the pictures I want.  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I don’t think you should pick a photographer based on being “fancier” or being more of what people in general like. I think you can pick a photographer within your budget based on does photos in a style that YOU like. So if you like the second photographer better then go with the second photographer assuming this wouldn’t put you in debt. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I think it is worth the money to pay for the better photographer. Having a second shooter to capture additional angles makes a huge difference, plus it sounds like you will get a lot more out of option 2. Especially if you like their style more and they have more portfolio available publicly you can trust their quality much better. I’d be leery of dropping $1500 on a photographer who doesn’t have a large portfolio available for viewing.. like, did he just take all his greatest shots from ver 10 years of shooting and make a small album for the public? Or is he consistently good?

Post # 12
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Busy bee

If you can afford it, go with the more expensive one. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would 110% pick the more expensive photographer. There are a lot of ways to cut down costs for a wedding, but cutting back with photography isn’t worth it. You really get what you pay for. 

We only had about 40-50 people at our wedding, so a bit more than yours, but having the second photographer was fantastic. Having two photographers get different angles of things is great, but having an assistant can help the lead photographer get better photos. Our second photographer held up lights behind us and other such things to get the really dramatic photos. That wouldn’t have happened with only one person doing it all.

Here are a couple of examples from our wedding of the lighting tricks that two photogs can do. We paid $5k+ but I’d spend every penny again in a heartbeat! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

just from your OP it sounds like the first isn’t as consistent as the second.. and if that’s true that’d be very concerning to me.  I’d rather someone who consistently produces B+ work than someone who can sometimes produce A+ and sometimes produce C-. 

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