(Closed) Photographer/Videographer Decisions, Decisions!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you know if there is more than one person shooting here? It goes from gorgeous, beautifully composed and lit shots then the next few are sketchy with all over the place post production then it’s gorgeous again. It’s very confusing haha!:) 

Post # 6
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1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I know how you feel…”breaking up” with vendors is hard! I had to break up with 3 photograhers! One I even said yes to!! It was super hard, but it’s a business and they are used to it! You are paying them thousands of dollars, you need to make sure you’re happy! I like the photographer you picked!

Post # 8
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1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@tpug516:  We had met with him initially and during the meeting he said he was offering an extra 300 dollars off if we booked within the next day or 2, so we were excited about that. I told him I couldn’t make a decision beause I had another photographer that I was still thinking about, and we went home. I thought about all the money I could save by going with this guy, so I emailed him that night and said I would like to move forward.

The next morning I was absolutely regretting my decision, so later that day I emailed and told him that I thought I made too quick of a decision, and that while I loved his pictures, I needed more time to think about it. I also told him that I’d be recommending him to anyone who needs a photographer.

He took it well, he just said “Sorry to lose you, good luck in the future!”

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We only decided on a photographer. I like pictures, but I didin’t see myself spending the extra money to make a video that i mey watch maybe once or twice. Plus I am sure that with I-phones etc…. some videos will happen LOL

As for the photograper… we had one in mind but i didn’t like the engagement photos much or his customer service (always took way to long to respond and sometimes he didn’t at all).

We ended up hiring another at a higher price but great customer service.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

1. YOU feel like it’s a break up, he’ll feel like, “Damn I didn’t sell well enough.” It’s a business on their end, a personal moment on yours, don’t forget that. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. I am not married yet, so not sure.

3. My priority for documenting our wedding day was the video. In fact it’s one of our top 3 budget priorities. I won’t remember what happened, that’s what everyone tells me. I want to be able to relive it. I want to hear the speeches and the vows, see the funny things that happen that you can’t recreate. I’m spending more for a video than I ever would for pictures, I can dress up again if pictures go poorly, I can’t recreate a “moment.” So that said, it was worth it to me to spend much more than I would have thought to make sure that I’ll have those memories documented forever. 

Our wedding videographer: http://movingpictureweddings.com/

To be fair, I watched my best friend’s wedding video more than she did. I’d go home and watch it right now if I had it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 11
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Americano:  YOU feel like it’s a break up, he’ll feel like, “Damn I didn’t sell well enough.” It’s a business on their end, a personal moment on yours, don’t forget that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ouch, this is so unfair.  And not true at all for most wedding photographers!  Most of us are in this business because we love what we do, we get very passionate about it, and we enjoy getting to know each and every one of our customers.  We do make it personal… at least all good photographers do.

Plus, though it is a business and we are very used to brides asking us for information and then deciding not to book, it still IS personal.  You make it sound like we are sitting around saying “oh too bad I didn’t use the right sales pressure on that one!”  We’re NOT used car salesmen!  For goodness sake!  A bride choosing to book with us is always a huge honor.  She is choosing to have us capture the most important day of her life because she loves our artistic style.  Remember, photogs are artists at their cores, even though they must handle the business side of things as well.  Artists take their work very personally.  Your photographer is probably the one vendor who it’s most important to establish a personal connection with.

Post # 13
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621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@tpug516:  The link you posted . . . I think the photography is fairly solid but the editing and white balance is sort of all of the place. A few have the yellow-vintage-pee-colored thing going on and others are more true to color. They seem to have trouble with white balance in indoor spaces. It doesn’t look like a consistent set of photos. I would have a hard time trying to put differently edited photos on the wall next to each other. Maybe inquire if that’s something they just do for their blog or if they do it for the images they deliver? From this I wouldn’t know what to expect as far as editing.

My other comment would be that this photographer seems heavy on the posed portraits over moments/candid work. I would want to see a full wedding to see if they are skilled at capturing the candid moments and whether they equally cover my family and guests and not just pictures of me and my groom, but candid photos are very important to me. I want to look back on my photos and remember who was there, not just have a ton of photos of myself, haha.

Also . . . waaay too many bride and groom kissing photos for my taste, hahah.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@tpug516:  Oh wow. I wouldn’t even think the photos in this gallery you linked were taken by the same person as the photos I see on the site. The editing is so inconsistent and the quality just isn’t there. A good example of this – look at the last two photos on the slideshow you just posted for me to see. It’s the same angle, probably around the same time, and one is SOOO orange and red and the other is sooo blue and green. The focus is soft and the image is grainy. Also, the tilt on the photos/bad composition worries me. I wouldn’t hire this photographer based on what I see in the link you just posted. Maybe it’s a really old, outdated wedding and they’ve improved since they shot it but if it is they shouldn’t be showing it on their site.

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