(Closed) Picking a Photographer

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

None of the photographers I interviewed (5) shot alone- all had an assistant, or had an option for a second shooter. I selected the photographer that was most respectful of my vision of the day. There’s a great checklist of questions to ask on Martha Stewart’s web site:


Post # 6
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@TheHotMrsG:  One of the reasons I picked my photographer was his backup plan- If he got sick, he’d find a comparable replacement-some at his high level of photography. If I wasn’t satisfied with them- per my contract, I’d still have my photos, and a full refund. (There’s a great network of individual photographers in my area.)

Or I’d call one of the others I’d interviewed, and see if they were free. It would be a huge PITA the day of, but we’d deal with it- him not showing up wasn’t a concern when I booked him. Yes, there’s a possibility, but there are lots of things that could go wrong on your wedding day. 🙂

Post # 7
17 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am a photographer and have shot many weddings. It is tricky finding someone that really knows what their doing. There are a lot of people out there who pick up a digital camera and call themselves a photographer without having any knowledge.

One easy way to find out, ask them if they use full manual settings or if they use Auto.. ha ha. You’d be surprised at how many “photographers” use their auto setting for photos. If they use auto, this will be the cause of many incorrectly exposed photos. 

As far as prices go, I wouldn’t be too concerned with price. You can find amazing photographers who are just starting out and need the experience who wont charge you an arm and a leg but remember, they are still inexperienced. You can also pay a ton of money for someone that is aweful also.

Best thing to do is to look at as many of their photos as you can and see if you can find any good referals. 

Post # 8
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I’m a professional photographer and have never missed a wedding. I have worked through an extreme personal tragedy. It’s what is required for the job, in my opinion.

My backup plan is to call upon a collegaue at my expense. This means, if I got sick, I would then take from my own pocket to pay another photographer that is as good or better than me. If there’s time, I would have the bride approve that photographer.

I also carry insurance that would pay to restage elements of the event as a very last resort.

I hope that helps you out in reaching your decision. I wouldn’t personally go with a company for my wedding photography; I’d go with an individual.

Post # 9
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Any good photographer should have a backup plan built into the contract.

Post # 10
2459 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’d be super nervous about hiring through a company. When it comes to our photos, I want to know *specifically* who I’m dealing with and what their style is, and what to see examples of THEIR personal work.

I went with an individual, who always brings a second shooter to the wedding. She also gave us a free engagement shoot which was awesome because even though the wedding hasn’t come yet, we’ve already been able to work with her and get comfortable with her.

Post # 11
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@TheHotMrsG:  Going with a large studio is not a guarantee of having another photographer waiting in the wings if the unforseeable happened.  It is not unusual for a studio to have all of their photographers booked on a prime date.  What guarantee do you have that any of your key vendors will not have a life or death emergency that day?  Weddings can be a risky business.

The downsides to going with a big studio is that you very rarely get a personalized experience, or a photographer that is truly invested in your wedding or who feels connected to your experience.  I’ve personally shot for bigger studios and it was not for me, because my best work comes when I care about the clients.  And how deep a connection can you form with someone you’ve just met?

My suggestion is if this is a big concern for you to find a husband and wife, or a photography team that has two people who always shoot together.  That way if one of them is unable to perform the second person will not only be there, but likely be able to provide another photographer in a pinch.  Remember that there are really no guarantees for this sort of thing, but you’re more likely to have awesome photos from a pair of independent photographers than you will a big studio, and if you go with full time pros they will likely be well networked enough to provide an alternate if for some reason they had an emergency.

Post # 12
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I definitely agree about asking about a backup plan! Our photographer was absolutely amazing at our in-person meeting–not only did she drive an hour to meet us, she was very prepared and answered a ton of questions that I didn’t even know I was supposed to have! She does beautiful work and has only been a pro for a couple of years. She reassured us that, in the event that she can’t make it (which she said would have to be catastrophic), her husband could fill in (he’s her second shooter) and grab one of their friends/photographers as a second shooter.

Post # 15
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We just went to a wedding where one of the photographers was hobbling around on his broken ankle – I don’t know how he did it, but he got every angle and every shot.  I don’t think you can play the Worst-Case Scenario game, because there is always a risk of something going wrong in any specific area.

Post # 16
571 posts
Busy bee

Try a local David’s Bridal. They now offer photography, great packages, back up equipment and photographer and amazing prices. Also you get a full copyright on all images.

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