(Closed) Please help me pick a photographer!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer should I go with?
    Pay extra for photographer # 1 : (14 votes)
    64 %
    Save money and go with photographer #2 : (8 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
    2588 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    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
    2237 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    $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
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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 πŸ™‚

    Post # 7
    293 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    4 posts
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    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
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    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 # 14
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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.

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