Post # 1
Hi y’all! I’m a new-bee (ha.ha.) and we’ve got our date and venue, so we’re onto photographers! Besides the venue, photography is our top priority, so we’ve been doing a lot of looking and comparing. I think we’ve narrowed it down to 2, and they are very similar in price and package (both with 2 photographers, at least 8 hr coverage, printing rights, hi-res and low-res images on a disc/USB and free engagement shoot), but with 2 different add-ons they’re throwing in.
Photographer 1 offers an album as part of the package, that we get to totally choose and design ourselves. She showed us samples and the quality of the pictures is very good, but it is one of those albums where the photos are printed right on the page, rather than having physical, mounted prints, which I think I prefer, but I’m open to it. Here’s her website, in case any of you care to look further:
http://fivebyfivechatter.blogspot.com/2014/08/devon-jaime-wedding-story.html <- this is our same venue!
Photographer 2 is offering a 1-2 hour Bridal Session. I understand that is pretty much my own personal photo shoot, but is it worth it? I’m pretty neutral about it, is there some type of benefit to this that I’m not thinking about? For those who have done it, did you find it really worth it?
http://www.chriscornwellblog.com/ <- she just recently shot at our venue as well, we have seen those photos but they’re not on the blog yet.
Both photographers are so talented and sweet, it’s going to be such a hard choice! I would love your opinions! Thank you all!!
Post # 2
I personally would go with an album over a bridal session. As a photographer, I love shooting bridal sessions, but honestly, the point of them is really just for a reception display print. It’s a big southern tradition, but even one that many southern brides are opting out of. I know for msyelf, I always shoot the bride alone on the wedding day so it’s not like they aren’t getting those photos. That being said, I’m a huge advocate of an album. I can’t tell you how many couples NEVER print their wedding photos (outside of a few prints on display here and there).
The album seen in the blog post is a flush mount album, which is the norm these days. They’re beautiful and modern. What you’re describing is a traditional matted album, which I’ll be honest and tell you that you’ll be hard pressed to find these days. Most photographers don’t offer them because they are pretty old school and getting phased out. There are companies that still sell them, but you are limited in your options. For example, we as photographers get a PDF of available layouts for those kinds of albums and that’s all there is. So you can get 1 8×10 on a page, or 2 5×7’s, etc. You can’t change that, your only option is what layouts they offer.
Anyway, hope that answers some of your questions. 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
PrincessBride2015: I would go with the album and By The Way the Venue is beautiful!!!!
Post # 4
I would go with the album. Our package came with one but our photo guys put the whole thing together themselves. It’s soooo awesome to have and they did a really great job. Not to mention not having to do one ourselves! It probably would’ve drove us (me) crazy, and who knows how long it would’ve taken. We got the album at the same time as all our photos and videos. We were fine with not having input and being surprised, but if you get to pick and choose and design it yourself then that is reallly great too!
Post # 5
I would prefer an album over a bridal session. However, a bridal session will help get you comfortable in front of the cameras since you’ll practice certain poses before your wedding day…so less bad pictures for the day of.
I’m camera shy so it makes more sense for me to vote for the album. Also, albums are generally expensive, so I would rather not spend more money than I have to.
Post # 7
starfish0116: Thank you! I did not know/realize that about matted photo albums, thanks for your insight! Definitely something to take into consideration.
And thank you everyone else for your input!