(Closed) Photographer committment anxiety!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I know exaclty how you feel with the commitment phobia for photographers.

I guess I just kind of new in my gut that my photographer had the kind of vision and style that spoke to me.

It is important to see their current portfolio in person. You will be able to see their real retouching skills. If the book has large clos-ups of the face, score! if those close-ups are stunning, major score.

Many photogs get around having to do the great and time consuming retouching for close-ups of the face in a printed portfolio, by simply not including any.

Here is a link to my guy if you want to check it out, though I know you are on the east coast.

http://www.ionhartunian.com/blog/

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I know exactly the feeling you mean…the truth is, if you keep looking, the doubts will likely never stop. You’ll see other photographers with gorgeous photos and question your choice. Especially because many photographers update their sites and blogs a lot, you’re always getting new photos that influence your thinking. My photographer recently came out with a couple of shoots I didn’t like and it freaked me out. 

The bottom line is if you keep looking, you’ll keep doubting. So I generally don’t look at photographers anymore. The way we chose ours in the first place, btw was that she filled all of our criteria:

– experience at our venue

– personalities clicked

– accommodating of my needs

– beautiful candid shots

– reasonable price for two shooters

– recommended by other photogs

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

The photog search was THE most stressful/challenging part of planning thus far.  We met with a couple of them that we just didn’t CLICK with and we really didn’t love their work either.  We kept bumping up the budget and met with one (Melissa McClure) that we ended up LOVING.  Not only do I love her work, she is the sweetest person you could probably ever meet.

If you meet with someone and just don’t FEEL it, they probably aren’t the one.

 

How many have you interviewed thus far?  I would also add that OVER interviewing will cause you just as much stress.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

I made a chart (I can’t help it! I’m a teacher!) and listed what was most important to me. In my case, it was emotional feeling/moments captured closely followed by consistent exposure and technique. It helped me to clarify exactly what I wanted to see in the photographer’s work and what was less important.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ngolden1, I personally like your second choice best. The photos just look cleaner/crisper than the first one you posted. Its best to interview a few photographers before making a decision.

Having said that, I’ve only interviewed 2. I loved loved loved the first photographer I found. She was local, has amazing talent, and is highly rated on wedding wire (5 stars from every reviewer!), however she was also $4,000 for 10 hours. (her link) My wedding being an Indian wedding with multiple days of celebrations I needed someone a little more reasonable.

Thats when I found my second photographer, who is primarily a videography, for an unbelievable price. I talked with him today and we just clicked, he’s so fun and outgoing which is what I need if I’m going to be spending so much time with this person! (his link). Unfortunately he’s out of state, but I don’t mind paying the extra to fly him and his crew down (LA to Tucson) due to amount of services he offers that I’m interested in.

It’s important to find someone that you feel comfortable with, who understands what you want and who is a great communicator. I think you can generally find this out from just one phone call.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Judging by the few images I got to load, Bailly is a much better photographer (technically). khtitlin isn’t very consistent, blogged out of focus images when the blog should be the top 1-2% of the day’s images, and doesn’t preserve skin tones very well…. 

Yup, looked at more stuff, hands down, Bailly.  He is a much MUCH more skilled photographer, and he seems to get moments just fine!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ugh, I’ve got SERIOUS wedding photography commitment issues! I LOVE our photographers, but I recently found one I love too and it’s SO HARD to reconcile the fact that they have two very different photo personalities. It’s nearly impossible to decide even though I’m pretty much 100% already committed to the first one.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ngolden1 – Both of the options you posted look good! I would lean toward the second one just because the photos seem to set a mood/ tell a story a little more than the first.

But, the first one is very real, for lack of a better term.

Hope this helps!

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