Post # 1
So my fiance’s dad works for a major photographers studio. For our wedding gift, he has offered to provide a wedding photographer free to us, including unlimited prints. I know this is a huge expense, and I’m extremely appreciative, but at the same time, we have no say in the photographers that he chooses. He’s already found someone and booked them, but they have no website and apparently no available samples. They live in North Carolina, and we’re in Florida. I’m going to make an “inspiration photo album” to share with them when I eventually get to meet with him, but should I be worried…? Any suggestions on how to make this situation work for the best?
Post # 3
tough call because that is such a generous gift and a huge expense you would be saving. i would push to see some of their work. there has to be something available! or can be made available if your FIs dad pushes for it
Post # 4
It’s hard to believe they don’t have a portfolio! Did he give a reaason why he chose them? Can you contact them and see if they have anything?
Post # 5
How can a photographer not have any samples at all? Maybe ask for references?
Post # 6
Well, he made his decision based on nearby photographers who do contracting for the studio. Our wedding will be in rural North Carolina, so I guess he didn’t really have many to choose from. Apparently they’re based out of Asheville. I really like the artsy-modern type of pictures, and Asheville is a very artsy-type community, so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed!!
Post # 7
Um I would not go with this photographer – I would say that you are really grateful but you dont feel comfortable booking a photographer without seeing any samples or work at all.
Post # 8
You should ask for their work so you can take a look at.
I would not go with a photog I have no idea about his/her style and personality..etc.
Post # 9
I honestly wouldn’t have accepted the gift. Photography was too big of a deal for me – and too personal. If you are comfortable with it, it’s fine…but it sounds like maybe you aren’t?
Post # 10
By big studio do mean somewhere like Bella photography or the Pro’s (service that contracts photographers). If this is the case and the photographer has no portfolio- do. not. go. with. them. (regardless of whether or not it is free).
Any experienced event photographer should have some sort of portfolio or it should be disclosed to the client they are inexperienced. For our wedding we went with Bella Photography- the photographer they matched us with was fairly inexperienced. She had been a second shooter many times, but never operated on her own and it showed.
I may politely tell your Father-In-Law he’s very generous, but you would like some say in who photographs your wedding. You have to be careful about showing photographers “inspiration photos” we all shoot in our own style. You should choose a photographer based on his/her work matching your wants/needs.
Post # 11
DO NOT book with this photographer. A good friend of mine went with a so-called professional photography studio that had samples of their work from several different weddings in one album but could not provide images from ONE FULL WEDDING for them to look at since their work was IFFY at best. Protect yourself and your investment in YOUR FUTURE. The day can not be rerecorded or rewound to do it all over again. I would hate to see this happen to a fellow Bee. I seen it happen once, not again.
Best of Luck.
Post # 12
I think you’re all right. We’re just working with a tight budget, so I was thrilled to hear that it would completely free, but I’ve always thought photography is one of the more important aspects of the wedding, as you’ll have the pictures forever. It may be worth the extra expense.
Post # 13
I agree with some of the other posters. You should never choose or accept a gifted photographer without seeing their work first.
I am getting married outside of Asheville and my photographer is from Charlotte. I’m not haveing to pay travel fees because it’s only a couple hours away. Your FI’s father should be able to draw from lots of areas in NC to find a photographer whose work you can preview. Charloote, Wintson-Salem, Asheville, etc. Just because Asheville is an ‘artsy’ town, doesn’t mean the photographers there are as well.
You will NEVER forgive your Future Father-In-Law if your pictures do not turn out well.
Post # 14
That would be terrible if the pics were a disaster. Especially the horrible feelings I know I would have towards Future Father-In-Law. You can’t take them over. Seems weird tho, he didn’t find one that had work you could look at.
Post # 15
I kept hearing everyone here saying to only use a wedding photographer. I had some trouble booking someone because I waited too long. So I found one via referral from another photog who was booked that day.
He seemed great, very professional, knew what he was doing. And he is great, but he’s definitely not a wedding photog.
The pics of the venue are stunning–looks like they came right out of a glossy brochure.
The pics of the humans, not so much. Nobody looks good. He didn’t do any kind of retouching, either. I’m trying to get him to at least do that. Anyone with a camera could have done the same quality of work on the people pics.
I’m really disappointed.
Post # 16
mcnetn, who did you go with?