Post # 1
I’ve been stressing forever over photography because it is by far the most important detail to me when it comes to our wedding planning. I have narrowed it down to two photographers.
1) His photography is really well known in my area, everyone loves him and I’ve known a few friends who used them for their weddings and they were really happy with his work. When I look at photos, I really prefer the really bright colours and crisp photos, and I like that he has some really creative, artsy ones too. ps. i think his best photos are when you actually look at the links to specific wedding or engagement shoots, rather than under the wedding menu. Downside is that he costs more than the others.
2) I had never heard of this photographer until recently, but she was on a list of recommended photographers for the area, and has won a few awards for her work too. She also has really good photos, but maybe isn’t quite as creative with them as photographer #1? However, she’s willing to work the numbers to fit within our budget and give us a discount for having a non saturday wedding.
My problem is that I really like both, but photographer # 1 will cost $700 more than photographer # 2 for the same package. Photographer # 1 is over our budget, but I’m willing to pay the extra to have really great photos.
So who would you pick?
Post # 3
If you give photographer #2 a list of shots (be specific, here), you can still get the creativity you want at a lower price. Maybe not as many creative shots, but they’re still lovely photos. I’d go with #2, personally.
Post # 4
$700 is a HUGE amount of money (actually costs more then my complete photography package) so I would definitely go with photographer #1.
If the difference wasn’t THAT HUGE I would recommend you go meet with them first. I was considering some photographers that were much more expensive then who I decided on, but I felt most comfortable with my photog when I met with her. She’s awesome! (I just got my e-photos back and I love them).
Post # 5
The first one is fantastic…I’d go with whatever your tummy is saying. We’re splurging a bit on photographer, and cutting back on other areas in order to do it.
Post # 6
One of the things couples regret the most looking back at their wedding, is photography. Don’t book something you already know you’ll regret… It’s not fair to you or the photographer 🙂
Post # 7
Have you actually met both photographers? I would definitely choose the one that you are the most comfortable with . . . if you aren’t comfortable with the photographer, it will show up in your photos, no matter how skilled he/she may be.
Post # 8
I think some of the creative shots you love about #1 were because of luck of location. They are clearly talented, but some of the locations really tend to lend themselves to a “wow” factor. You’re not going to get as many interesting photos in a sterile hotel ballroom as you are a fancy sports car, for example. I like photographer #1 better than #2 (some of #2’s blog shots were a little out of focus, not quite as interesting, but that could be an artifact of locale).
Post # 9
Meet with the photographers, see if they click with your personality and understand your vision of the wedding, and go from there. Make sure you see more than the cherry picked shots on their websites, and that you feel that they understand you as a bride.
If they are still a tossup after that, decide if you want to save the money.
Post # 10
Are you in London, ON? I am! In any case, yay for Ontario bees!
I prefer photographer #1’s work – it just looks more polished. Photographer #2 is fine, and I bet she’ll be spectacular in a couple years, but it looks like maybe she doesn’t have as much experience?
I would go with #1. I feel like this is something that you just can’t afford to be unsure about – you should go with someone in whom you have 100% confidence.
Post # 11
If you are willing to pay extra for great photos, go with the one that you already love and trust. I’ve seen a few post as of late of brides who are unhappy with their photos and my heart goes out to them.
You have one wedding, and one shot at getting a great set of photos – go with the first one!
Post # 12
We couldn’t have made our photography decision without meeting our photographers. Of the two that we actually met, I thought I’d want to go with the 2nd one although she was more expensive because she seemed to have more experience, was well-reviewed, etc. But we just clicked so well with the first photographer we met, she was super flexible, she bought a lot more photos to show us than were on the website, etc. After doing our e-pics I knew we had made the right decision.
So I’d say start with meeting them! I also think flexibility is key…we wanted a photographer that wasn’t going to have a set/strict number of hours of photography, would change up her packages, etc. That might be a big boost for your #2.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! I have met photographer # 1 at a bridal show last year, he was really nice, funny and I felt comfortable talking to him. Plus he’s closer to my age and a bunch of my friends have used him for their weddings so I feel like he would be a better fit.
The second photographer is really good, but there aren’t any photos that I see and go “wow I really want to have my own version of that” where with #1 there are countless ones. I haven’t met with her yet, but she was really sweet and really seemed excited and to care about my wedding which was good too.
Our venue has some pretty gorgeous photo op locations so I’m not worried about missing any lucky shots because the grounds are beautiful 🙂 I’ve seen so many gorgeous shots that he’s taken of my friends weddings and they weren’t all in beautiful locations so I’m not worried about him delivering those.
And @hergreenapples: yup I am! 🙂
I think we’ve decided that we love photographer # 1 and are willing to pay extra for his work. I think I might run the risk of being disappointed if I went with anyone else and neontl, you’re right, we only get one shot at this so we may as well make sure it’s a good one 🙂
Thanks everyone for helping me finally make a decision! I might actually be able to sleep tonight lol 🙂
Post # 14
I like Leeman’s work better, $700 better? You bet. That’s not to say the other photog is bad, though. I disagree that Leeman’s photos are “luck of location” though. Locations are planned, and they can either be well utilized or poorly utilized. He utilizes them well and I can tell that some of the locations are not as spectacular as he makes them look from behind the lens.
For example, one looks like it was taken in a parking garage and another a cruddy field that he made look much nicer than it was. The sports car shot is nice, but there were probably about 20 different ways he could have photographed them inside of it, and he chose the one he did. He also did an awesome job shooting in the rain for his most recent wedding. Just my 2 cents.
Post # 15
Well we went ahead and booked them and I am thrilled with our decision! We met with them today and it was so much fun and so relaxed. We’re definitely paying more than we imagined at first, but I think it’s going to be worth it in the end 🙂 Can’t wait for our engagement shoot at the end of the month!