Post # 1
Hello, I am wondering what you all think. I have the choice between getting an AMAZING photographer where all of her pictures turn out stunning and it is hard to choose the best one, or a so-so photographer that only has a few “good/great” shots but for more time. The amazing photographer is 5 hours with just her being the only photographer, versus two photographers for 6 hours.
Our wedding is brunch and starts at 10am, our ceremony will be short around 15 minutes, and the whole thing will be 4 hours 10am-2pm. The photographer said that she could do a few. getting ready pics of me in the hour before the ceremony and then run downstairs and snap a few of my fiance, bit I REALLY also want pictures of the historic building, reception room, decorations, etc. So….I could go over budget and beflg my fiance to either: get 1 more (second) photographer for the whole 5 hours for 300$ more or do an extra hour with 1 photographer. This is WAY over budget.
Would it help if I had 2 photographers so in the hour before the wedding one could take pics of me and my fiance while the other took pictures of the venue? or should I go with the “good/okay” photog. and get 6 hours?
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
Look at hiring two amazing photographers don’t settle for an OK photographer. I am sure that you can find amazing photographers in your area for the entire day, maybe not the woman that you were looking into see if she has any recommendations or ask family and friends that were married
Post # 3
If the difference is only an hour, I’d definitely pick the photographer with the best photos. We had a second photographer to take photos of the guys getting ready, but I wouldve gladly skipped that to get a better quality photographer. Honestly at the end of the day, I’m not doing anything with those guy getting ready photos except putting them in an album. Of the two extras you mentioned, I’d probably add on an extra hour to make sure you have enough time for portrait shots of you and your fiancé. With such a short time frame for your whole reception, I doubt you’ll want to skip any of it for photos so i would add another hour to take more photos after the reception ends. I’d have her come at 9 and stay until 3.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
Are there any other options for photographers that might be just as skilled, but not as expensive as the first? I wouldn’t settle for just okay, but I also would want to avoid going over budget. I would keep shopping around. I got a great husband and wife photographer duo for a steal of a price using Thumbtack. It allows you to write out exactly what you want, then vendors send you quotes for what they’ll do it for. You might find someone willing to work with your budget that still does great work! Friends and family still gush over our pictures (as do hubby and I) because they came out so great. I can’t imagine not being happy with them, because it’s not something you can re-create once the wedding’s over. Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
I would choose the amazing photographer. No good having a million photos if most of them are meh. Is adding on one extra hour over budget? Or just half an hour, how long does she really need to photograph the venue?
Btw are you saying that a second photographer for 5 hours is $300? Because that’s an amazing rate!
Post # 6
I suggest getting the amazing photographer. There is no substitute for fine photography, In My Humble Opinion.
Post # 7
Always the amazing one. You wouldn’t want to look back at your wedding photos and think they are ‘so so’
Post # 8
There’s something to say about multiple photographers and getting lots of pictures. I had two photographers and ended up with 1100 photos to choose from. Out of those I LOVE probably half of them. I also got all the rights to all the photos so I can print what I want to. One of my close friends who got married a few weeks after me splurged for a fabulous photographer and her pictures ARE breathtaking, but at the end of the day she only had about 300 pictures to choose from. Plus she has to order all prints she wants through her photographer.
I had a good number of breathtaking shots, but I also had some “meh” pictures. I’m glad we had multiple angles of different shots due to having two photographers.
Post # 9
Get the best photographer you can, for the most amount of time you can.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2017 - Ocean front
I went thru what you are going thru…. and was thinking I should get and would be happy with a cheaper so so photog then I couldn’t stop looking at the pictures of the pricier one and in the end we locked in the higher priced (but still in my budget) photog and feel great about it!!!
As another poster said it’s capturing your biggest most special day…no do overs and ide rather have fewer photos that I LOVE than more pics that i don’t.
Post # 12
Thanks for everyone’s advice!!! I dont know how people usually do it. We both want our photos after the ceremony, I guess during “cocktail hour” because we really want to wait until the ceremony to see each other…We only have the venue for 4 hours and have a few hours before to get the place ready, I dont think anyone will want to come to our wedding earlier than 10am LOL. Is this how people usually do it? We want the poitrait shots of both of us but would the hour before the ceremony be enough? If we had 2 photogs maybe one could take pics with me and one with my fiance? It is also hard because my fiance thinks photos are not all that important and I do not think he would agree to much more, or wouldnt understabd…Not sure how it all works, thanks ladies!!! Btw: Im getting a great deal on the amazing photog. already. Its just still over budget bit considering what her rates usually are it is a steal!!!
Post # 13
definitely get the amazing one. In the end, an album worth of perfect moment shots are much much better than five albums worth of not-so-great shots that make you feel that something is missing or that the photographer could have captured those moments that are lost forever.
Post # 14
with pretty much all things, and definitely this… QUALITY!