(Closed) Photographer frustration! Which would you choose??

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer would you choose?
    More expensive with photos I love, but less keepsake items after the wedding : (25 votes)
    93 %
    Less expensive with good photos, but includes a bunch of stuff to keep and share after the wedding : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Other, please explain in comments : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    The better photos. Good photos are important to me

    Post # 3
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    575 posts
    Busy bee

    Would you rather have lots of albums full of photos you don’t necessarily love? Or 1 album of photos you love? To me, I’d go with the photographer who’s photos I love and who I have a rapport with.

    Post # 4
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    223 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I would go for the pictures that I love. To me photos are very important so I would rather have great pictures than a lot of pictures that I do not love.

    Post # 5
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    448 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I think you should go with the photos you love AS LONG AS they have adequate experience. I would be sure to review full albums of weddings they’ve done, and not just their portfolio. The portfolio could have that one great shot from each wedding but the other photos from the wedding might not be as great. Sometimes the portfolio shots are heavily edited while the product you will get might not be. But if that (experience) is not an issue, then go with the ones you love.

    Post # 6
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    784 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We had this exact dilemma (minus trying to ‘match’ a sibling’s wedding gifts), and we chose the better & more expensive photographer. I haven’t gotten married yet, but I can tell you I am REALLY excited to have her gorgeous photos at the end of the day! I just know I’m going to drool over them forever. I didn’t want to regret a $1000 difference, but I’ve saved my money all my life and can spare the extra expense for the extra happiness of great photos ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 7
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    275 posts
    Helper bee

    Better photos = better album.

    Print albums yourself off places that does it online like photobook. Could easily get vouchers from sites like groupon and get discounts.

    Also, why is that guy charging so much if he’s offering such vastly different packages that is smaller than someone else with 25 years of experience? May want to check in on getting a better price OR another photographer.

    Post # 8
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    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Go with the photography you like.  You can always make albums yourself later (they make great christmas gifts!)

    Post # 9
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    For me photography was super important. I looked all over the country!! I didnt want a photographer who charged by the hour. I wanted all the rights to my pics so I could do albums and prints myself. Maybe this isn’t for everyone, but I wanted an out-of-the-box photograper. I didn’t want the American Gothic trype photographer. The way I look at it, after its all said and done the only thing left is memories and pics. I would stay away bfrom the “family friend” if something goes wrong… ouch! I settled on a company from Pittsburgh. 

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    plannerbear520:  Sometimes I wonder if I’m making the right choice, because while I CAN afford the more pricey photos, it doesn’t mean I SHOULD afford it, you know? Like, that’s money that could have gone toward other things like our house or flights to visit family or a future kid or whatever. But, I figure in a few years, I’ll never ‘miss’ $1000 more dollars, and I WILL be very pleased with the photos knowing I got our absolute favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 12
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    784 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    (That is to say, I constantly assure myself that the price is justified, so I don’t feel bad haha)

    Post # 13
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    21 posts
    Newbee

    The same dilemma was here :). We had it also complicated in the way that the cheaper photographer provided with more photos (500 vs 200) (digital). We went with the more expensive one :). We were hesitating for a long time, trying to find alternative photographers and even looked at even more expensive ones, but no one suited us.

    I believe that the photographer’s style should suit you. If that is the case and no other photographer can be compared with him, go with him. Photos are the only material thing which is left after the wedding.

    If the photographer ruins your budget and there is no option to go over it, it is always possible to cut something which is less important to you. We are cutting flowers :), and the ceremony is going to be in the afternoon (though we planned it to be in the morning), because we want the photographer to stay with us from getting ready till evening dancing.

    The thing which is also very important that the photographer himself suits you like a person. I mean that if you feel irritated when he/she talks to you, it will never work out during the wedding and the photos will not be good.

    I agree that it is always possible to find a cheaper printing. We are not going to buy an album from our photographer because it costs a fortune (because of some manual printing and true leather cover – the things I am not interested in).

    There is only one “BUT”. It is all about priorities. I have met brides with wedding film being their priority and they had cheap photographers, or brides who cared much about cakes, dress, flowers and were happy with photographers I would not go with. On the contrary they were surprised to hear that we were eager to spend much on photos and cut flowers or video. It is not good or bad. This is just the priority and different brides have different priorities. Our’s was a photographer. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚   

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Our package only included one album and we never thought twice about it. We went with our photographers because of their photos and style and have no regrets over how much we spent. They’re actually the only photography vendor we went after just because we loved their work so much.

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