(Closed) Photographer help needed…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: To use or not?
    Yes : (1 votes)
    9 %
    I would continue to look elsewhere : (5 votes)
    45 %
    No : (2 votes)
    18 %
    Meet with him in person then decide : (3 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @yearns4god: That is odd. Every photographer I’ve asked to see a “full wedding” from has happily obliged. Some have to check with the couple first (which I understand) but they have all been willing to give me the password to their full wedding galleries so I can see a “typical finished product”.

    Not being allowed to see a full wedding would be a deal breaker for me. I’d need to see how many shots the photog puts up for a wedding. The ratio of posed to candid. Whether the “important’ shots were there (i.e. the kiss, groom seeing the bride come down the aisle, bride coming down the aisle, first dance, etc).

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    ask for refernces and then you can ask the people themselves if you could view their album.

    Post # 6
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    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    His Loss – i wouldnt want to book a photog without seeing some of their work, and not just bits and pieces that he chooses to show off. those might be the only good pics!

    keep looking, you have time.

    Also -just a side note, i was talking with my boss yesterday and he said try and find a photog that will give you copyrights to the pics – he said he didnt get them and if he ever wants a copy or new pictures he has to buy them from him. he said he has one in a fram at home that has faded over the years and now he has to track down this guy and buy another one. im not sure if all photog do that? i’m using a friend so my photog experience has been a little different.

    Post # 7
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yeah the photographer has copyright.  They may not want to give links or images out, but shouldn’t have an issue showing them to you during a consultation.

     

    Post # 8
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @yearns4god: That response would be a HUGE red flag for me.

    I would e-mail back and just say, “Sorry, but I am not comfortable proceeding any further without being able to see a sample finished product (i.e. complete wedding website). Sorry we couldn’t do business.”

    Post # 9
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    What about a few sample ablums?  That should give you an idea

    Post # 10
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    it might be that he’s willing to share a full album in person, he just doesn’t want to share via the website so that you don’t forward the password to everyone. it kind of makes sense. ask him if he would show you a full wedding while you meet with him.

    Post # 11
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    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    User makes a good point, did you ask if you could simply click through one during the in-person consultation? I don’t think that’s asking too much. However, you would think in all the time he’s been doing wedding he wouldn’t have found at least one bride willing to allow him to use her wedding as a “sample” wedding. I have a sample wedding that I will send the link to upon request, and any other weddings I’m happy to allow the potential client to click through during a consultation. This guy just sounds too lazy or big-headed to want to accomodate you for such a simple request. I might look elsewhere.

    Post # 12
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    769 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    if you want to see a whole wedding and won’t book without it, i agree with sending the email such as @katnyc2011 suggested. if he really wants your business, he’ll figure something out.

    the reason he may have mentioned hi-res, ultra fine jpegs is that these galleries may be downloadable at the largest size possible. he may have see it as a security risk for him to hand out his clients password-protected images, but as PP suggested, maybe rather you look at a wedding with himself there to make sure nothing is downloaded. kinda wild, but if he’s serious about protecting his clients and his images, this may be an option.

    also, @totheislnds suggestion about getting “copyright” is not quite right: the photographer retains copyright of the images, but you’ll want to get printing rights so you can make prints without having to go through your photographer. I think it’s worth the extra cost if there is an extra cost for having the rights (some photographers charge extra $ for it and some do not).

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I know its been said here already, but that is one reason why photographers have model releases. That makes them legally covered to display any/all photos they chose to. Why would a client book a photographer that they can’t see pics from? Same as why would a photographer photograph weddings & then have nothing to display from it? Unless they’re a newbie & didn’t know, they should have those releases.

    Perhaps they don’t have an entire wedding online for you to see (I don’t have an entire wedding online but I have offered to show in person). They should be able to show you in person. If they’re not willing to show you an entire wedding, it sounds like they’re trying to cover up the rest of their work. Almost anyone can take a few great shots at a wedding, but the rest of their photos may be awful, or just ok, or high quality… so that’s why looking thru an entire wedding is smart when choosing a photog.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I agree, I emailed LOTS of photographers requesting a WHOLE wedding and none of them had a problem with it. You could offer to look when you meet him, as well.

    I wouldn’t be satisfied with albums. Anyone who takes 2000+ shots over the course of the day should be able to pull out 80 good pictures to put in an album, even me.

    Like some of the other bees said, most photography contracts also include a “model release” allowing the photographer to use/show their images for marketing purposes. (It’s easy to opt out.) I certainly understand privacy concerns, but I have a hard time that an experienced wedding photographer doesn’t even have ONE couple that was so thrilled with their pictures that they want him to be able to show EVERYONE. (Plus, if he’s already showing albums, he’s already using their images…)

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