Post # 1
How important is it to actually see photography portfolios? Fiance and I are in the “reviewing the contract before signing” phase with http://www.217photography.com and I’m starting to get really anxious about our first vendor agreement!
I’m an out of state bride planning a Philadelphia wedding. We do have family there who could visit the photographer to see their work in person but I don’t know if it’s really necessary.
What do you recommend? Did anyone go into a vendor meeting thinking “they are the one” and then get really turned off by their portfolio? How much of an influence did the in person meeting have on your decision?
Post # 3
I saw a few full sets of weddings that my photographer shot. I saw my photographer on a lot of blogs and always loved her work. When I met with her, it sealed the deal. She was so sweet and personable. I’m thrilled with our wedding photos. Out of 1200, I have 700 that I just LOVE and are my favorites! Very hard when picking out photos for an album and the walls.
Online, it’s just the best of the best photos. A photographer should have at least 100 good shots at each wedding. Maybe your photographer has an online slideshow of a wedding that he/she can show you that includes 100-200 photos? It’s definatley something for you to check out and not someone else because it’s such a personal choice.
Post # 4
Why can’t you view digital portfolios? I don’t think there’s much point in seeing the prints when you should have access to much, much more digitally. Have you seen a complete wedding shot by your photog? That’s really important.
Post # 5
For me? VERY important. See photos of their latest weddings too.
Portfolios are good in the sense that you get a feel of their style, but out of the hundreds of weddings they shoot, only a handful goes in there. you NEED to see the latest weddings as well to see if they ARE consistent.
Post # 6
That’s wonderful you found someone, you knew it was right and they did not disappoint. Liking too many pictures is a good problem to have! I hope to have the same experience! 🙂
Yes, I have looked at the online portfolios but worry they are just posting the best of the best like others have mentioned.
They do have a blog on the site but the most recent weddings are yet to be uploaded. From what I can tell the work is consistent..
I think I’m just getting nervous because this is a very large portion of our budget and we want to get what we pay for. I don’t personally know anyone who has worked with this vendor so it’s not like a word of mouth recommendation, I just stumbled across the site onilne. They are very nice and prompt with email communication thus far so that should be a good sign!
Post # 7
A blog (thats updated) is a good indication on work/style. When we blog a wedding it includes quiet a bit of photos, many more than whats in the gallery. You can always ask to see a gallery of a whole wedding.
Post # 8
I just had a look at their website, and their photos are very good. I don’t think you need to see their physical portfolio. My suggestion is this.. have a chat to them over the phone about their work. See if you feel comfortable with them. Ask them things such as what usually happens during the day, how are they with requests, etc. And if you think you guys have a good connection, go for it!
Post # 9
Ask to see a full wedding.
Post # 10
Sorry for the possible ignorance but this can be done digitally and it is different (more complete) than the pictures on their blog/website albums?
Post # 11
try http://www.KendraDeePhotography.com she is really good, if your unsure about your photographer… For me I need to see the work face to face
Post # 12
When it comes to numbers of photos shown it’s usually blog posts – albums – and then online proofing galleries from least to greatest amount. I don’t know of any photographer who shoots digitially who does not use an online proofing gallery. Those galleries contain all of the edited photos from an event. Photographers usually password protect them for the privacy of their clients, but most wouldn’t object to sending one or two if you were having a hard time deciding.
Post # 13
I didn’t meet my photographer until the day of the wedding. We talked a lot in email and I was on her blog site, website and facebook constantly checking out new weddings she had done but really that’s all I needed. As long as you’ve seen more than a few weddings from them I think it’s not that important to meet in person to see the same photos again. Now if you want to meet them and see how you connect and how their personality is… I understand that. =)