(Closed) Photog: Quality v. Price?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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348 posts
Helper bee

Honestly?  You should be able to get something great for $1700, as long as you don’t expect that to include a fancy album. I’d put up a post on craigslist and see what kind of responses you get. I can’t tell if the wedding is in SB or Bakersfield, but either way it might be worth posting on the LA site.  Our wedding was 3 hours north of San Francisco and we had literally a hundred responses to our post on the SF craigslist site within 24 hours, and they were all people who lived in the city but were willing to travel.  Our budget was a bit under yours, and we had at least 10 options that were better quality than the lower priced one you mention.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@FutureMrsMcDermott:

It looks that photographer you really like is in your budget. They charge $2399 for photography plus videography. I assume photography only would be half that price. Doesn’t hurt to ask.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Not sure where in the Bakersfield/SB you are, I think I remember reading that you are in SB, and your Fiance is in Bakersfield? If so, have you thought about check out Brooks Institute? They have (I believe) two campuses in SB, one right off State St behind The Habit, and the other up in the hills off Jefferson I think. Check out the student porfolios and you can get an amazing deal and great shots. My Future Sister-In-Law filmed an indie film that she put on her reel and it was really good. Because these students need their portfolio for their grade and to graduate they really care about the work they’re doing! HTH!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Also if you go with someone you like, maybe you can ask them to customize your package, remove things, etc, so it will fit within your budget?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@FutureMrsMcDermott: nah, I don’t think a 3hr drive is gonna kill it ๐Ÿ™‚ We have a Brooks student (friend of ours) shooting at our wedding. He’s giving us a discount b/c we’re all friends, but his normal rate is 1k, and I know he works well b/c I’ve shot with him before.

Post # 10
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336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think book what you love, if at all possible.

I have rationalised spending lots of money on a photographer this way: Over the course of your lifetime, what will be more important? Having wedding phtos you really love, or having $400 (for example) extra dollars. Over a whole lifetime that much money is NOTHING, but beautiful photos will last forever.Of course, this only applies if it is actually possible for you to somehow scrounge enough money to pay more! Otherwise, cheap it is.

That said, I actually don’t mind Setrik’s photography. It’s not too bad.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would contact your first choices,let them know what your budget is and see what they say.  My photographer included all day coverage, an engagement shoot and a very large album in her package.  I didn’t need the first two and downgraded the thrid option to fit my budget.

I ended up being very disappointed with my expensive, well-known photographer.  If I had paid for a larger album, I wouldn’t have had enough pictures to fill it.  Out of over 800 shots, only 30-40 are worth keeping.  Whomever you hire, ask to see the WHOLE wedding shoot, not just the album.  I saw this advice on the bee after my wedding.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Depends on how much you think photos are important. For me, it was probably THE most important part of my wedding. I wanted it all captured beautifully.  I honestly think that cheaper photographer has some pretty good work. It also depends on what kind of package they can give you. Does it cover all the hours you wanted? Do you get all the pictures in the end? etc. I honestly would cheap out on other things (decor for example) before I cheaped out on the photographer.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@FutureMrsMcDermott: I know these photographers are just examples, but I’m wondering what you like more about the second than the first? To be honest with you, I don’t see a ton of difference in quality between them (and I hate the selective coloring/SUPER over-saturation in the second one). I’d be interested to know what you perceive to be the quality difference, or what makes number one “sub-par”. This may really have an effect on finding the right photographer for you within your price range, so any sort of info that might help us figure out what really draws you in would be great!

Post # 15
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@FutureMrsMcDermott: That’s great that you’re reevaluating what draws you to a photographer. I think you’re right on that many people get swept away with the look of everything, but I always encourage people to look at the content of the photos. My question when looking at Azahn was . . . WHERE is the wedding? Where are the guests, the moments, the dance . . . just a lot of over saturated photos of really attractive people. Feel free to keep posting here for feedback from brides and photographers who may be able to point these things out!

 

Brides beware of this! Photographers go to workshops all the time and use those images from workshops with models and all the time in the world to perfect these unreal photos and they have no obligation to tell you they’re not from an actual wedding. These photos don’t tell you anything about the photographer’s ability to capture your wedding, especially if their site is heavy on portraits and not much else.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We didn’t want to go over our budget on photography, and we had a way smaller budget than you. We ended up finding this awsome photographer, I would have thought that she was going to be way way out of our budget. But supprisingly she was well within our budget. So from this what I found out that you can get both quality and a good price.

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