(Closed) Photographer Dilemma! Help!

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer should we choose?

    J (the one I love)

    One of the wedding planners 3 top picks

    Keep searching for another one

  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I would go with the photographer already chosen. The person that has to like the photographer is you, not her. If you are ok with the editing done on the photos, then her opinion is not important.

    If it was a matter of professionalism, then I would understand her point of view, but it seems like it’s just a personal opinion rather than specific things that would make you not want to hire that photographer. I’m a wedding photographer, and I don’t scout the area before. I usually scout the area on the day of the wedding… so I don’t see it as a big deal.

    Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Wedding planners do know A LOT about vendors, and 800 images in just a week? Sounds a bit desperate and rushed to me, but if her work proves to be great, she must be really talented! I would talk with J more to see the kind of work she does (like, maybe you can go to a shoot of hers or ask previous clients about their experience).

    PS I had an engagement photographer that gave me a great deal, and his portfolio was EVERYTHING I was looking for, and I cried when I got my engagement photos back. They were horrible and out of 1,500 images, there was only ONE that I could use!! lol so I learned my lesson the hard way, and will definitely take my coordinators recs for my wedding.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    allibeebee:  i think you have to do with what you are comfortable with.

    When it comes to wedding planners and party halls that recommend other vendors, I can’t help but thing they are suggesting them because they have some sort of a deal that if you recommend my business we will recommend you venue or your business in return.

    I chose a photographer that didn’t have a lot of wedding photography experienced but the price was right and I was happy with their work, and since our wedding they have gotten a ton of business, I referred them to two of my friends and my friends were more than pleased with their work.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    allibeebee:  would you consider doing an engagement shoot to get a taste of her work?

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee

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    allibeebee:  

    I guess it wouldn’t hurt to check out some of her recommendations, she may have a point! Is there a huge price difference between J and the photographer’s your planner is suggesting? Also, is it possible that your planner gets kickbacks for recommending other vendors?

    At the end of the day though if you really love J’s work and think she’ll do a good job, I say go for it. It’s ultimately your day, your gut feeling and your money. 

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    allibeebee:  hmm yea, i get it, our photographer was like that too. you have to go with your gut. don’t feel pressured into using someone that your wedding planner suggested. if you don’t like their work, than thats your answer.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

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    allibeebee:  even if J’s packages come with engagement sessions, she probably offers a la carte pricing as well – just ask how much she charges for a stand-alone engagement session. if you like the engagement pics, and you want to book her, there’s likely a chance that she’ll allow you to credit the engagement bill towards the package that includes an engagement sesh. the only risk you run here is that she’ll get booked for your wedding date before you get those engagement pics back.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    It’s a tough call. My venue gave me a list of preferred vendors and I hated every single one of them. They may have been some people’s style but it wasn’t mine. I wanted more candid shots than the overly posed ones.  

     

    I also don’t think one week for 800 edited photos is that bad. If this is what they do full time then that’s more than enough time. And even if she doesn’t, the editing process for a good photographer shouldn’t be that intensive. I dabble in photography for my job and photoshop allows you to save presets and its can be quite a quick process unless you’re looking to photoshop every bring to high hell which no one should ever want. 

     

    If you’re heart is set on her, I’d just give her work another look over. If she has a blog, comb through every post. That will give you an idea of her consistency. Anyone can make a beautiful portfolio, but the blog will tell you everything.

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