(Closed) Photography Anxiety… What Would You Do?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Can you post some of the pictures from your engagement shoot? I dont think you should have to be holding poses for a long time.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@vmblai1019: I’m sorry you’re having worries. It’s never good for the couple to be concerned about a vendor going into their wedding! I’m familiar with the Atlanta market and you will likely not find a “great photographer” for under $1,500-$2,000. That’s just what it costs to do business. We might be able to guide you more once we see some of the images, but with your budget you might be stuck unfortunately. The only thing I can suggest is to hire a second student photographer, that way you’d have double the coverage if you’re worried your photographer will miss things. That’s going to cost you more though. It’s just not realistic to expect great photos or an experienced photographer who can handle the chaos of a wedding for $350. =/

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@BeeM: +1

@vmblai1019: Keep in mind there is a difference between the way some people take engagement photos/bride and groom photos and the way they capture wedding day moments/ candids. Personally, I may ask a couple to hold a pose for a long time, but I am perfecting the image. Why? Because I have the time to perfect the image and should take advantage of that. Did the first couple of images turn out just fine/usable? Most likely they did, but I am making them better with each new adjustment I make to settings or lighting. I might even be taking one longshot, one midshot and one cloesup, I may be switching/looking for new angles. I may throw in a silhouette and get that in addition to the properly lit shit. I am typically hired for two things, awesome b&g pics and tons and tons of candids, because I do know how to capture them and work extremely fast. It’s a different style of shooting for me though, and some people really are just slow.

That being said, you hired someone REALLY new and he is more likely very slow. He may be struggling just to get the exposure right/get a usable pic. You aren’t behind the camera, so it’s hard to know. Was he using portable lighting? If so, that does take extra time. Otherwise, I would find a way to be sure he knows what he is doing before sticking with him. Maybe just flat out ask him about it?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Lets see the pictures

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@Mrs.Vowrenewal:  Sounds like he has a low keeper percentage and needs to take a few tries to get it right.  That is fine for portraits, but for events, he will miss all the important shots.  IMO even if his portrait images turned out great, I would still be concerned.  I would be curious about his keeper %.  If he took 200 pictures and only had 5 keepers….that is pretty bad.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

As a newer photographer myself, I think you need to be realistic. For $400, you aren’t going to get a “great photographer” in Atlanta. At $400, a photographer is LOSING money to shoot your wedding and even a portrait session.

When I first started, I was priced very low. However, I was upfront with my brides that I am inexperienced. They knew what they were getting. I’ve done a few Bees weddings, and they might come on here and vouch for that. Was I the best ever? NO way. Did I provide some usable, nice images to remember the day? I’d like to think so.

He WILL miss shots. I can guarantee it.

You’ve looked at Atlanta photographers and realize that very few are under $1500. It isn’t because they want to make a ton of money; it is because that’s what it costs to do business. Anything less than that and it is actually costing them money to come out and do your wedding in all likelihood.

In the $400 price range, you are looking at a student, like this guy is. Lower your expectations and understand that images will be missed. if you have low expectations, you may be pleasantly surprised by what he does get. Right now, your expectations are too high for your price range.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kwynn: Right on kwynn. I did that too, in the beginning. The reality is this:

New/part-time/student photographers don’t incur the same expenses as full-time professionals. Most (not all, but most) new/part-time photographers aren’t actually running a business even if they say they are. By that I mean they’re not licensed, they aren’t paying the almost 45 PERCENT tax on their income (income tax + self employment tax), they don’t have the travel expenses or full time photo workload to consider. They also usually don’t have the equipment to keep up – if you are shooting on the side you’re probably not investing $15,000+ in gear, and you’re not running through that gear as quickly as those who shoot full time (a camera can only handle so much before it needs to be replaced). These are just a few of the reasons full time professionals aren’t cheap. Consider the math for a full time, great photographer to shoot for $350. Let’s say 6 hours of shooting, with 2-4 hours editing time for each hour shot. That comes out to about $14/hr BEFORE tax. So, let’s say $9hr, generously. That sounds pretty good for a retail or food service job, but those jobs don’t have overhead. When you consider all of the business expenses (there are many, many more than what I listed) it’s just not possible for a photographer to shoot and still eat, much less pay rent.

Like I mentioned before, it’s hard to say without seeing some of the photos you got back, but if you’re able to post them the photographers here might be able to tell you if the photographer you’re worried about is worth the investment, or if you’d be better off saving that money and just having friends and family take photos. If he’s struggling during a portrait shoot there’s no question he’s going to struggle at your wedding.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I like the pics. too much kissing though. why not make a list of EVERYTHING you want a picture of

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