Post # 1
I am stressing out about picking a photographer and my Fiance and I can’t agree. We have it narrowed down to two photographers, one is a local one and the other is from my hometown. The local one is cheaper and you get more for the price, but she does this as a hobby and her quality isn’t as good. The one from my hometown will be more expensive especially due to traveling and we don’t get much, but he has done my pictures since I was 3 months old and has over 30 years of experience, plus great quality. So which is more important quality or the price?
Post # 3
I say quality is definitely more important – you’re going to look at these forever – but price is also important. You need to take into account what you can actually afford, and go from there.
That being said, if you can’t agree, why not keep looking?? You have over a year to go, so there’s still a bit of time to keep looking around over the next month or two…
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
For Darling Husband and me, quality, hands down. Photography was our most expensive item on our wedding day and accounted for more than a third of our overall budget. But the way we saw it, why pay a few thousand dollars for something we weren’t going to be happy with at all when we could pay an extra thousand or so and get phenomenal pictures that we actually really loved? The choice was clear for us, and now that we have our (AMAZING) wedding photos, I can say, hands down, that it was the best decision ever. Plus, our photogs were an absolute delight to work with.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Quality is definitely more important. These are pictures that will serve as a memory for one day out of your lifetime, personally I don’t want to leave it up to chance that “well, even if the pictures in their portfolio aren’t great, our wedding will probably be good”. I agree with @abbie017, if the photog who is better is out of your price range, try to keep looking. There is always a perfect fit out there!
Post # 6
We are going through the same thing right now so I’ll be following this thread for advice. We had an appointment this past Saturday morning with a photographer. All was well until the end of our meeting when she said, “My minimum fee is $___, with packages available above that, up to $___.” We both went into a little bit of photographer sticker shock. Her minimum fee is close to our entire wedding budget, so that isn’t happening. Anyway, we are now considering hiring a student photographer at my son’s college instead.
Post # 7
As a disclaimer, I am not a photo person. I don’t have photographs in my house, I don’t like looking at photos, don’t like how photos eat up a huge chunk of time, and I absolutely do not like being photographed. My mother and Future Mother-In-Law like photos, so we will be having a photographer.
Find someone who you are comfortable with– I went with my photographer because we were at ease with her and laughed the whole time. That is the most important thing– if you aren’t comfortable, your photos will show it.
Then we looked at budget. I wasn’t going to spend more than X amount. We went with the photographer I loved, who made us comfortable, that we could afford. We looked at less expensive photographers, but we didn’t mesh as well. It wasn’t worth it to me to try to save money on someone we didn’t love when they would be spending so much of the day with us.
Post # 8
See I think quality is more important but my Fiance knows I have been stressing out about the budget also. Even with the more expensive photographer we are still around our budget and I am hoping to cut costs elsewhere to make up for spending more on one thing. He just doesn’t understand why it matters because obviously the photographer will get at least some goods shots, but I told him I am worried those good shots will be of things I don’t want.
Post # 9
Quality was more important to us. We cut back in other less-important areas to allow us to accommodate the higher price in our budget.
Post # 11
Both are equally important, and I would factor in comfort also. Know what your price range is, and find the best quality photographer that you are comfortable with for that amount. If you stretch your budget, that can make you as unhappy as bad photographs… All things being equal, quality would be my guide.
Post # 12
Quality, for sure! This is one the main things you will remember your wedding by and one of the things that you actually display/show to others that didn’t attend. We picked the best photographer we could find and adjusted the rest of our wedding expenses accordingly.
Post # 13
What’s the point of having more pictures if they don’t look as good? Quality is more important.
Post # 14
Quality. I see no point in spending my hard earned money on anything that is of “bad” quality, why waste the money?
Post # 15
Quality. I think as far as photography is concerned, you really get what you pay for. As PP haved said, if you both aren’t satisfied with your options, why not keep looking?
Post # 16
If you don’t love the photos it won’t ever matter how much stuff you get from the photographer. I’ll never understand why this is a major consideration for some. I have friends who went with a cheap photographer and don’t even want to order the album because they hate the photos so much.