(Closed) Photographer regret?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I change photographers after putting down the deposit and go way over budget?
    Keep your already awesome photographer you committed to : (24 votes)
    77 %
    Lose the $1000, spend another $7000 and go with the photographer you LOVE : (2 votes)
    6 %
    Do the E session with your current photographer but switch to the new one for the wedding : (5 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Can we see websites for the two photographers? I am SO curious who has been pulling at your heartstrings lately. If you don’t want to post them here, you can always PM me their websites and I can let you know from another photographer’s perspective if the new person (versus the old) is really worth the huge markup… of if you’re just smoking crack and overthinking things! 😛

    Post # 4
    1075 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Burtongirl:  Honestly, if you can afford to go over budget and switch photographers, I don’t see why you shouldn’t.

    That probably sounds weird, “if you can afford to go over budget.” For me, I can’t afford to go over budget more than a few hundred dollars or $1k because Fiance and I are pretty broke as it is. Don’t ask me why we haven’t postponed the wedding until we can afford it and have some decent savings after we’re married. Long story.

    But for other brides, a budget is how much they’d like to spend, rather than how much they can really and truly afford. If this is you, then go for it!

    Post # 6
    6110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Since you described your photographer as amazing, I honestly don’t think throwing away $1,000 and switching to an even more expensive photographer is worth it.

    Post # 7
    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Honestly, do your engagement session, see if a refund is available and just pay for that session plus disc of photos and then sign up with your dream photographer. I was very much like yourself, constantly looking for inspiration. I LOVED my current photographer when I signed her up but then I found this AH-MAZING photographer.

    The main thing with me is that I had paid a deposit, i had gotten to know (met face to face and numerous email convos) my photographer and we both really liked her, plus we had no more room to wiggle with the budget. If I had the opportunity, I probably would have hired him, but when I look at my photos? I don’t regret hiring my photographer one bit.

    Post # 8
    8446 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Burtongirl:  I think you have to ask yourself if it’s genuinely worth it.  Your photographs are going to be one of the more permanent things from your wedding, however, is that worth putting off buying a house?  I personally would probably stick to the original photographer, but give her samples of the other photographers work so she has an idea of what you’re looking for.  If you’re still disappointed after the E-session, then go back and re-evaluate.  I originally told my husband (then BF) that I wanted a house before I wanted a wedding, and we are both so glad that we did it that way.

    Post # 9
    621 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Burtongirl:  This is a hard thing to advise on without seeing their work. Some photographers would be totally worth it and others are overpriced and use romantic branding and editing to make their images stand out. Feel free to PM me the links without telling me which one is which and I can give you a professional opinion based on my experience as a full time wedding photographer and photo editor. 

    Post # 10
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s not a hard thing to advise. You said you had a spreadsheet of 100 photographers and you vetted them like we do the president.


    I think you will be just fine with the one you painstakingly chose, and you need to stop second-guessing it.

    Post # 11
    1839 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    8k total (including the deposit you’d lose) on photography??

     i can’t imagine, but if you’ve got the money i guess go for it

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