(Closed) Photographer! Am I crazy to book this person?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I book this photographer?

    NO, get someone with experience

    YES, you'd be crazy not to book him!

    Other - please explain

    I just like polls!

  • Post # 3
    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    If he’s charging $800 for that, he’s not a professional. He’d lose money on that job. Look elsewhere, use him as a last resort.

    Post # 4
    1367 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I would book him after I have done all my research and felt completely comfortable!

    What was your budget originally though? I ask because if you have a comfortable budget of $4000 and considering booking way below that, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    Post # 5
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d never book him, to be honest. Only 25 edited photos? I recieved 1100-ish completely edited photos. I don’t see an issue with booking someone with no experience for something like a family portrait shoot.. but if you don’t like the photos you can just re do them. You can’t redo a wedding. 

    Post # 6
    350 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Ask to see his work and look online for reviews. From there, go ahead with your engagement picture shoot but book it far enough in advance to where if they end up awful, you can still book another photographer. I’m big on if you find a good deal, don’t pass it up because someone else will come in and grab it.

    Post # 7
    1192 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @iadornyou:  I would be hesitant. My cousin did something similiar and regretted it. Her pictures turned out awful.

    Post # 8
    6104 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Do you have a link to his website? It might help if we can take a look at his work. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, as all wedding photographers had no experience with weddings at some point.

    Post # 9
    2333 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Nooooo.  Shooting headshots of a still person is so much different than a fast paced, unscripted wedding.

    Post # 10
    11734 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I absolutely would not. There is a reason why there is such a thing as wedding photographers – because the fast paced environment of catching all the little moments in a wedding is much different (and more difficult) than doing other types of photography – like headshots.

    A good photographer (in my opinion) is worth every penny. There’s a lot more to it then just pointing and shooting.  You have to think about ability to pose people, capturing the miniscule details, working with natural and varying lighting, editing, etc. etc. etc. 

    Also, 25 edited photos is NOTHING! My photographer gives us 1500-2500 EDITED photos.

    Post # 11
    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    25 edited photos seems foolish. I received EVERY photo (1000+) edited photos back. To get the SOTC (straight off the camera) photos will leave you very disappointed. There are some things you should splurge on, photography being one of them. It is the ONLY thing you’ll have to look back on after the day has passed.

    Post # 12
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Idk about the editing issue. You can always ask him how much it would be to add another 25 or 100 photos for editing and figure out prices from there. Really, 1000 is nice but unnecessary. There will be tons of shots that just don’t require further consideration and you can first take a look at the better ones and decide how many more to get edited after. If it is $150 per 100, then why not? If it is $800, then maybe you can see how the other quotes are reasonable. 

    Also, remember the cost of albums. I personally don’t care how expensive my album is b/c I figure in a few years, after the wedding cost has passed and I have a job (I’m a grad student so nooo money), my husband and I can print a higher quality one then. I understand people want them earlier, but I am fine with InDesign and am happy to do the layout to send to an online album company for now. But, from what I’ve heard they are expensive if you don’t have the software to do it yourself and let’s be honest, no one wants to spend that much money on an album layed out in MS Word or some website layout editor. 

    Post # 13
    3767 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I would say no except for the fact that he has done other event photography – that is definitely a plus.  If you do go with him, just make sure you give him a timeline and a list of everything you really want to have (ie shot of your dress alone, any configurations of family/bridal party photos you want, shot of your husband’s face as you walk down the aisle, shot of your first kiss, etc.).

    But honestly, if your budget can afford it, go with a photographer you love who is proven with weddings.

    Post # 14
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If he can show you lots of pictures from the vow renewal and these other events he’s done, and they are acceptable, then you can feel fairly confident that he’ll do a goo job.

    I paid way too much for my photographer $4K and the results were good, but not amazing. I think if I had paid less I would have been more satisfied with the same set of photos.

    Post # 15
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @iadornyou:  No.  Do not book this person to shoot your once-in-a-lifetime wedding.  You will absolutely regret it. 

    I’m not trying to be rude, but you really shouldn’t be asking anyone for advice on this that does not have a background in doing wedding photography.  Someone who doesn’t understand all the skill, experience and equipment that goes into it may think it sounds just fine, but that’s not correct.  I can give you reason after reason, from a technical standpoint and from the experience of someone who has been there, why this is a bad idea.  I don’t even know where to start.

    1)  Ok, no other type of photography, including other events, is like wedding photography.  I’m going to guess that no corporate event has a once-in-a-lifetime moment like a first kiss that if you don’t catch, is going to be devastating.  Wedding photography is fast paced, intense, and high stakes work.  It takes a lot of time and experience to become adjusted to that kind of pressure.

    2)  I was a talented portrait photographer before I ever shot a wedding.  On the whole, I was significantly better prepared than most people who shoot their first wedding…. and I still made mistakes.  The first few times you do it are a learning experience, where you have to evaluate your results and figure out what to do differently in the future.  Do you want to be someone’s guinea pig? Wedding photography requires not only specialized equipment, but specialized EXPERIENCE.  Is this guy going to know how to adjust your veil so it looks flattering?  Is he going to be able to instantly look at the reception room and know the best angles to stand for the first dance?  Is he even going to have a clue what settings to put his camera on, and will he figure it out before or after your special moment is already over?

    I promise, the people whose weddings I shot at first literally had no other way to afford any photographer, or I wouldn’t have been there.  If you do, you’re crazy not to spend it on what is one of the most important aspects of your day. 

    3)  What he’s charging you, $800 for everything INCLUDING an engagement session, is NOTHING to someone that is actually a professional.  As someone said earlier, if he is a legitimate professional he is going to lose money on this deal.  If he really thought he had the talent, experience, and equipment to do this, he would charge more.  If he doesn’t have those things… why would you trust him?

    4) And also, 25 edited photos??  So the rest of the 8 HOUR DAY’S worth of photos is just going to be straight from the camera?  You’re really going to pay someone $800 to do nothing other than snap some photos, burn them on a CD, and hand them to you?  Seriously, just get a guest with any old DSLR camera to shoot your wedding for you for free and then burn the photos on a CD.  You will get exactly the same thing, and save even the $800! 

    I realize the prospect of saving so much money is very tempting, but consider what you’re actually talking about buying.  You’re talking about buying the tangible memories that will be cherished for the rest of your life, and cherished by your children, and their children after you’re dead and gone.  NOTHING else in the entire rest of your wedding planning means as much as that… not the food you served, not the flowers you carried, not the dress you wore… but the candid, beautiful, happy moments that your photographer captured on the most important day of your life.  Put in that perspective, is saving money really worth hiring someone who is guaranteed to produce lower quality results?  If you like the look of the $3000+ photogs who you received quotes from, there is NO WAY you will be satisfied with what this guy is going to do for you. 

    Please, don’t do this.  I have no personal stake in this of course, but I’d really feel bad if I didn’t make my best efforts to save you from being devastated by terrible wedding photos and all kinds of regret.


    Post # 16
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @seAprilbride:   +1

    This does not sound like a good “deal” to me.  25 edited photos is nothing.

    Where are you located?  I’m sure most of us would be happy to find you an affordable good photogrpher in your area.

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