(Closed) Quality vs. quantity

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I am always a fan of quality over quantity, but that’s just me. We got an AMAZING KICK-ASS BEST EVER photographer for our wedding in NYC (Gulnara). We will not have prints or albums, and we didn’t have an engagement shoots, or any of the extra. But I look at it this way – I would rather have the photos with quality, and I can ALWAYS add on more later. A year from now, for instance, I may be able to afford the albums. Years from now, albums may not even be the same as they are today (I am always in for the latest technology haha). Whereas I could never, ever go back and get better pictures. That is a one-time shot. And on the day of, I just wanted to be able to relax and trust that my photographer will do an amazing job documenting the day. 

But if you already put down deposits, and are having trouble coming up with extra money, etc. then you need to take that into consideration as well. It’s just my two cents. Photos were extremely important to me. And now that I am on the other side, trust me, it really is what you have now. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would choose quality over quantity with photographers.  How much more is her package than the package you already booked with your photographer?  How much of a deposit would you lose?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

Just to clarify–is an album for you included with either photographer, or just two parent albums? Because, honestly, an album’s probably the most important component–much moreso than proof prints or a DVD.

You should be able to get good “bridal” shots the day of your wedding; and 8 hours should be plenty of time. I’d definitely go with the one you love.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Okay, I definitely think losing a $3,000 deposit changes the tables a little bit.  I can imagine how tough this is for you.  I know I said that quality is more important than quantity, but if I was in your shoes I would be very hesitant about losing a 3k deposit.  I guess I would have to consider exactly how much more I like this new photographer versus the old one. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

Quality, quality, quality. You can always have more prints/albums made.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I’d say: 1. Try to work with the initial photographer to see if you can recoup *any* of the costs there; see if you got someone to book for her on that day, if you could get a refund (or at least a partial refund; or advertise here in the classifieds and offer to put $1k of your refund toward a package with her, etc.).

2. If she won’t refund it, try to get an engagement session or TTD (or both) with her; offer to post the final pics here for her (free advertising).

3. Be as nice as possible to the original photographer; explain that you’re torn; it’s your dream photographer; you still love her stuff and would like to use her in the future for maternity/baby pics; you wanted to tell her as soon as possible; etc., etc.; and that you’ll do your best to recommend her to friends.

4. Make the switch, but only if you can get Fiance at least marginally on board. The amount of money lost is significant; and in terms of your relationship (warning: unsolicited advice), it’s probably better to set the precedent that you make significant financial decisions as a team.

My $.02… (well, that’s probably more than $.02, but…)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I guess it depends how important it is to you and how much you can afford.

My entire wedding budget is $10,000 so that is just crazy for me.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I think it’s always best to be honest. Tell her who you’re going with and why, apologize up, down, and sideways, and tell her you love her stuff and would still like to work with her in the future. Ask her if there’s anything you could do for her (do you have a trade/skill that could benefit her business?); offer to advertise here for her; whatever you think might help. Approach it with the idea in mind that your refund is secondary; sort of a nice bonus for helping her out / to rebook.

Be sensitive to the fact that the economy has been rough on everyone, and a lost wedding hurts–and be open about offering to help her rebook.

That would be my recommendation, anyway. That’s certainly what I’d appreciate the most.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Whether you can lose the 3k or not I really can’t answer… but that bit aside, go with the better photographer. I’m going with a photog that I can only afford for 6 hours, 1 shooter, NO PRINTS or albums, just the high-res disk. I wish that I could order more but its just not in the budget and I’d rather have amazing photos I can print myself later rather than lots and lots of prints that are just ok. 

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