Post # 1
After way too much deliberation, I THINK I’m choosing a photographer tonight. Or at least I thought I was, until I started having a major battle in my head trying to determine what I actually wanted. I was really stuck between two.
The first one who is around our age (and is actually a friend of a friend) has awesome and creative photos and make me feel what I really wanted to. They are more expensive (by between $1000-2000 depending on the package I choose) and only includes an album for us. This wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t trying to balance out his brother’s wedding a few years ago by also getting parent albums. They offer 6×6 albums but I’m trying to keep it relatively equal and those are small in comparison. So in this case I’d have to make the parent albums myself online. I ordered samples from Artisan State for quality purposes, don’t want to give the parents something I’m not particularly proud of!
The 2nd photographer has many great reviews (like 130 vs the other’s 15), has been around for like 25+ years, and gives us an album, two 8×8 parent albums, two mini 4×4 “brag books”, a canvas print….. for less money than the other one. They do something during editing on a few samples I’ve seen that I’m not a big fan of so I’d have to ask that they not on my photos if I chose them.
In terms of budget, I know my parents would immediately choose the cheaper one solely based on price, but I just don’t want to do that and possibly leave myself curious if I made the RIGHT choice versus the more financially responsible one. Ugh. I know I’m being more dramatic than is really necessary for this!
I initially was hoping not to spend more for less product in the end, so I was torn because of how much I liked #1’s photos. What would you choose??? And why?
Post # 2
The better photos. Good photos are important to me
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 🙂
Post # 7
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
Go with the photography you like. You can always make albums yourself later (they make great christmas gifts!)
Post # 9
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 # 10
LadyH: Very very true! Thankfully on the website there are a bunch of full wedding links to check out! Happy for that!
LoveMyBrit: Yeah, I think I would be more excited for the more expensive photographer’s photos, and while it’s not necessarily the money that is holding me back, I guess I’m just trying to justify to myself that the one I’m choosing is the right decision!!!
HoneyV: Love me some groupon/living social deals. I figure getting a canvas print from a deal on there would be super easy. Not sure about why the price hike, I’m assuming it’s because it’s a North Jersey/NYC photographer…. prices for all wedding stuff in this tri-state-area of the US are crazy pants 🙁
Post # 11
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 🙂
Post # 12
(That is to say, I constantly assure myself that the price is justified, so I don’t feel bad haha)
Post # 13
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 🙂
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
LoveMyBrit: Heh, yeah in a few years I’ll be like, damn those are some nice pictures! And instead of buying fancy shoes and an upgraded something-or-other, I could have the higher photographer.
SyeliM: All of this. 😀 Thank you!
I think this is all totally reassuring me that choosing the style and photos I will love forever will be more important in the long run. This is why I love coming to the boards to get opinions. Y’all are great!