Post # 1
I found this photographer on Craigslist for only $500. He had said on his listing that he is trying to do a start up portfolio and that is the reason why his cost is so low. I’m kind of getting second thoughts, even though he has said he’s done weddings before. Should I still go through with it?
Post # 3
Have you seen any of his work? Regardless of whether he has a completed portfolio or not, he should still have some of his stuff available. I would ask him to see it – if you are happy with the quality, then definitely go through with it, if not, then, don’t. In my personal opinion, I think I would be way too stressed to select a photographer whose work I have never seen even if the fee is really low. Do you know what he charges for printing or who he does it through? That can also get very expensive, and may be the difference in price…
Post # 4
Have you seen actual proof of his work? A person can say they’ve shot weddings before, but that doesn’t mean the pictures were any good. Do not book him until you see proof that he knows his way around a camera. If he doesn’t have any pictures to show, suggest that he do a quick (half hour or so) engagement session with you and your fiance to see if you like his shooting style. Good luck!
Post # 5
You definitely need to see his work! While craig’s list can be the place of some great deals, it is also home of LOTS of scams – at this point what would stop him from taking for $500 and running?
Post # 6
I agree – don’t book till you see his work!
Post # 7
There are lots of great deals to be had on Cragislist, but there are also some day-ruiners, too. Miss Camera’s suggestion was exactly what I was going to suggest. Several photographers we found on Craigslist were extremely willing to shoot a quick engagement shoot just so we could see the photographer at work and get a sense of who they were, as well as their quality of work.
But like everyone else has said, don’t book him until you’ve seen some of his work. If he’s legit, he should have no problem sitting down with you with some wedding pictures (preferably an entire wedding day) that he has done.
Post # 8
Yes, even if you have to pay (if the conversation goes well and you don’t get any icky feelings) for a short enagagement shoot, you’ll see how he works. It will still be worth it becuase it will probably still come under the average price. Good luck!
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Meet with him & check out his portfolio! Ask if he has any past clients that you can contact. Do not book him without checking him out first…it could ruin your wedding day & we don’t want that!!
Post # 10
I think that if he is legit trying to start a business he would be happy to give you the contact infor for past brides he has worked with. If he’s not forthcoming with that and his current portfolio I’d say to find someone else. And honestly the pictures (other than the marriage and that fab-u hubby) are the ONLY THING you have from your big day, so it might be worth the investment for someone you trust with a good rapport with other brides. GOOD LUCK!
Post # 11
Your wedding is only one day, so if he messes up you can’t replace that. It all depends on how important the pictures are to you. I’d recommend you see an example of a complete wedding he’s shot. An engagement session may help, but weddings are different, fast moving, low light, and only one chance. If he has some decent work you’re comfortable with, go for it. Maybe you can find an additional photographer as a 2nd shooter who’d do it for free just to have the experience along with this other guy(try some photo students, craigslist -you can post your own gig). At least you stand a better chance of getting good images.
Post # 12
I’m definitely biased 🙂 but after the wedding is over, all that remains is you, your spouse and your photos. Make sure you see an entire wedding gallery and talk to a former bride if you’re going with a newbie. Everyone has to start somewhere, but you’re taking a risk with this guy!
Post # 13
If it sounds too good to be true- sometimes it is. Definitely check out his portfolio. See if you like his style. See what type of equipment he has (make sure he has backup equipment!! **This is a must!!!**) Check to see what’s included. Good luck! 🙂