Post # 1
I wanted to see if anyone had any advice about photography and photographer choices. I’ve just started some preliminary searching, but I’ve been SHOCKED at the cost and limitations by so many of the photographers I’ve exchanged emails with.
To give some background, I fell in love with a wedding photographer in North Carolina that a friend of mine was featured on, and have been following her blog for a good year or so. When I first got engaged, I shot her an email…just to see what the possibility was, not thinking it would be an option. But now I’m finding that flying her and her husband up, putting them up in a hotel, and having them both for an ENTIRE day of shooting (no time restraints, within reason) is looking like the cheaper option! The only reason I hesitate is the possible added stress I might feel day of, in terms of getting them in and out of the airport, etc. That would also probably be the first time we met them in person.
But now, getting estimates way over our estimated budget is really freaking me out! Does anyone have any recommendations? Suggestions? It would be really helpful!
PS – We are getting married in Groton, and having a night ceremony with a first look. I really prefer a more photojournalistic style, with many many candids. I feel like anyone with a camera can get formals done well enough 🙂 I would also really prefer to have TWO photographers day of.
Thanks so much guys!
Post # 3
we are using Jen Ing (jeningphotography.com). she is wonderful to work with, photojournalistic style, and very reasonable.
Post # 4
I just got married in Groton two weeks ago! I know it’s a long shot but are you getting married at Gibbet Hill by any chance?
Photography has been my [new!]husband’s #1 hobby for the past year and a half and he works with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching. Great candid shots are definitely his personal style. He wants to get into wedding/engagement photography and is working on compiling his portfolio online, which will probably be done within the next couple of weeks. If you are interested in seeing his work (since you are wanting two photographers on hand) let me know!
Edit: Hopefully this post wasn’t too pimpy for you!
Post # 5
This might be too personal, but would you mind posting your budget? I *highly* recommend my wedding photographer Ashley O’Dell (she’s in Boston), but I have a feeling you might consider her to be over your budget. Also, we only hired her for 7 hours — not the full day. Her photos are ah-mazing, and I decided to choose quality over quantity. I figure in 7 hours we’ll probably get at least 700 gorgeous pictures, so full-day coverage was not a necessity for us. Also, she generally shoots with a second shooter, although our wedding is in Maine, and she won’t be bringing her second shooter on the trip…
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
My Sister used Michael Sparks Keegan, he was awesoem and had much better pricing than others in the area. He is part of a husband/wife team and they give you copyright of the photos, which is cheaper for printing. They were awesome and people are always commenting on my sister’s photos. pm me if you want more info.!
Post # 7
http://www.dodgeimagery.com/index.htm I am using Dodge Imagery. They have very reasonable prices, you get two photographers and all the right to your pictures.
Post # 8
@EDINA – I got married at Gibbet Hill too!!!
We used Mark Alcarez of Arc Weddings. He was awesome. I was so so happy with his work and also with his level of professionalism and his attitude. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough. We had an evening wedding as well and a first look. I got 9 hours (with two photographers) for $1200 which included a 4×6 of all the photos and the digital copies on CD’s. My wedding was offseason in March so in season pricing will be a little higher.. but I’m sure still reasonable.
Post # 9
We’re using Kelly Prizel, who’s based in New Haven CT. We absolutely love her work AND her as a person, so we’re thrilled. It was also way better for us financially to pay to bring her up (a travel fee) to Boston, then to book with a Boston photog. We booked in 2009, so she’s raised her prices (she’s a hot ticket these days!), but I think she’s still darn affordable. We adore her, and highly recommend her based upon her awesomeness as a person and the e-pics we had done by her.
Post # 10
@Moose Yay! You’re the first fellow Gibbet Hill bee I’ve encountered. That place is amazing!!
Post # 11
@Edina… I know! I have been looking for a Gibbet Hill Buddy. We were so happy with them. A friend of the family had been married there about 5 years ago and as soon as I mentioned going to look my father was allllll about it, he kept saying “That was the best wedding food I ever ate.. let’s definitely have it there!”
Post # 12
AH! Thanks so much for ALL the amazing responses. I will definitely have to check these out.
We were hoping to spend under $3000 and are finding most photographers to be more in the $4-6(!!!)K range when they offer everything we want. Sorry – I should have included this in the original post, it totally would have made things more logical 🙂
@Edina, @Moose1209 GIBBET HILL BUDDIES! So excited!! Moose, I would love to hear any advice you have 🙂 And Edina, send the portfolio along! I look at any wedding photography I can get my hands on 🙂
Edit: Edina, I just re-read that you already did your wedding there too! Advice from you toooo!
Post # 13
@Jen It will be so beautiful. I’m not sure who you are working with there (we worked with Carolyn) but the entire staff there is wonderful. I’d love to post some pics of our outdoor ceremony, but I have posted a pre-wedding rant or two about Mother-In-Law (c’mon who hasn’t) and I’m paranoid of somehow being exposed haha. Maybe I can get those threads deleted and post away! 🙂 I’ll send you his portfolio link when it is ready. Feel free to PM with more Gibbet Hill questions!
Post # 14
I used Erica Ferrone for my wedding last year and was thrilled with our pictures!
Post # 15
I just went to a wedding at Gibbet Hill and it was gorgeous! I hear you- most photogs up here go in the 4K range. i am using Channing Johnson- I just love his photography, and figured it was worth it to splurge on photos..http://www.channingjohnsonblog.com/
Post # 16
My wedding photographer would be approximately in your budget – Lisa Rigby! She’s AMAZING. We did our engagement photos with her, she’s super personable, really knows her stuff, and is a real up-and-comer. Her website is http://www.lisarigbyphotography.com. I’m also a photographer, and have really researched her second shooters that she sometimes works with – they are really kick ass.