Post # 1
I’ve narrowed down my 2 favorite photographers I’d like to hire for my wedding. Both have things I like better about each of them and am having a hard time deciding which I like better:
The editing of the 2nd one is really creative, they really make the colors pop and have good shots, but their downside is that they have photographer final cuts and you only receive the final cuts, not all pictures taken at the wedding. I’m a bit self-conscience and would like to pick my own photos – but when I asked if I could I was told that it was just too stressful on the couple so they did photographer choice.
The first is an amazing photographer as well and doesn’t do as drastic edits as the 2nd which is either a pro or con, depending on how you look at it. He gives you all the pictures taken and allows you to select the pictures that are edited. He seems very willing to work with me and seems like a really awesome guy.
I would really say that both are equal in my eyes when it comes to talent, but I’m a little hesitant about hiring a photographer that doesn’t let me select. For the packages I want, they are both equally priced. So I am torn. I love the editing the 2nd does, but am uncomfortable with their options. The 1st doesn’t edit as much, but I am more comfortable with his options.
Post # 3
Oh, I also want to add that they both have shot friends’ weddings and both friends were very happy with their work.
Post # 4
I also like the second photographer’s editing better. Ultimately you will need to go with the photographer you feel most comfortable with. Choosing a photographer was easily the most difficult choice I had to make throughout the entire planning process. I think they are very similar in style and you would be happy with either one. 🙂
Post # 5
I think that the second photographer has a lot better quality pictures. Their editing is actually more minimal than the first. The first is giving their pictures a more vintage look – which I think most of the bees here agree will probably look dated in a couple of years.
However, the fact that the second photographer won’t give you the images is a big downfall. So although I think that the second photographer has better quality, I might be inclined to say to go with the photographer that will hand over the images.
Post # 6
I would ask the second photographer if he would be willing to make sure he definitely includes photos of all of the important moments. Say that he can have final cut as long as you get at least one of each of the following shots. And then hand him a list. See how he reacts. If he knows he can produce all of the shots you want, then I don’t see a problem. I would only be upset if I got the photos back and realized I didn’t have a particular photo I wanted. Especially if he had taken it and it just wasn’t up to his standards.
Post # 7
Honestly the norm in wedding photography is not to give your clients free reign on selecting their own images. You hire a photographer who you trust to capture the essential moments. If you need to look through their images to feel confident you are getting a quality product then I firmly think you haven’t found the right photographer yet. Furthermore if a photographer is willing to show anything less than their best work I think there is something wrong.
Post # 8
I 100% agree with continuumphotography.
Post # 9
I know someone whose used Will Hollis and I love the pictures from their wedding! They are actually on the main wedding page gallery! 🙂
Post # 10
Thank you all for your replies. I still don’t know which photographer I am going to go with, but I think I will be more than happy with whichever one I do chose. I’m going to try calling them tomorrow and speaking with both of them more, and perhaps try and set up meetings. (Hopefully neither booked June 29, 2013 yet!).