(Closed) Selecting a Photographer

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Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We really focused on the photography style when looking for a photographer. We don’t want the traditional posed photos and really want someone to capture moments as they happen. When we found someone whose portfolio we liked, we met with them in person which was great because he really emphasized that his style matched our own vision of what we wanted.

And of course our budget was a factor as well.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I was on a budget so I used thumbtack.com. I wanted a resonable price. I also liked his work. We could see quite a few weddings on his site. We also had a great converation with him. I think you have to like and have a repore with your photographer because if they annoy you then the picutures will come out bad.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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asobos:  Agree with checking out their style. DH and I do not do well with posed photographs and I prefer candid shots anyway, so we went with someone who had a more candid style. A lot of other photograhers we looked at had a kind of “trendy” filter on their photos and they are gorgeous but I was worried they’d look too dated in a few years. 

Be sure to find out how many photos you get (and if they include editing) and if you get the rights to the photos!! Very, very important, as some photographers will not give you the rights to your photos – meaning, if you want to make prints for everyone, you have to go through them and pay their prices for prints.  You need to make sure you have digital copies of the photos in the highest quality possible.

I met with our photographer before we booked him and I told him exactly what kind of wedding we were having (beachy casual) and that I wanted lots of candid photos with just some posed family images. He was very chill and relaxed and listened to everything I was saying. He also asked questions I would have never thought of (like, “do you guys have tattoos that you want to be hidden in pictures?”, “how do you feel about close ups?”, “Is there a specific “thing” you guys do that you want captured?”, “do you want to see me taking pictures or not really?”) and I think it helped me feel more comfortable with him. He was practically invisible at the wedding and we have some absoultely amazing photos. 

And you get what you pay for. It’s very true and I know photos are expensive, but it was the one thing that I wanted to splurge on without second guessing and I’m sooooooo happy I did. Friends still tell us how much they love our pictures and they are 5 years old.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

we looked mostly at the style and budget.  I wanted the very traditional photos, which is actually hard to find these days.  I liked the style he had on his website, and the price was within budget, so we booked!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016 - Presidio Log Cabin

I had narrowed ours down to 3 photographers I liked who had a gorgeous style and were within our budget. I had calls with each of them to get a feel for their personality, and also made a list of questions to make sure I asked. This included:

  • What is your favorite part about shooting a wedding?
  • Do you prefer posed shots or more natural interactions?
  • Do you shoot film as well as digital?
  • What is the turnaround time for photo delivery?
  • What responsibilities do you give to your second shooter?
  • Do you provide images in both black and white and color?
  • Is there any areas where we can customize the package you offer?
  • Is sales tax included in this price? (I was shocked by the ones who were adding 8.75% and didn’t mention it in their materials!)

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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asobos:  Hope it helps!!

And, probably. I didn’t care so our photos are probably up there but we had friends who wanted their photos password protected so you could only see the photos if you knew the password.

Just talk to them. They may be willing to not post them if you prefer to not have them public ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Busy bee

We went to bridal show where many photog have their album open to see. I look at them, make notes of what I like and don’t like about the style and technique, talk with the photographer and see if we have connection or not, and check the packages (and bridal show discount!), and make decision. 

Seriously, bridal show is the best way to do this all in one go.

Post # 11
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I asked for personal recommendations, then looked at some pictures online. The person we ended up going with is a friend of a friend, who happened to shoot unrelated friends’ engagement pics–the coincidence pretty much cemented it for us. We loved her work, she’s very reasonable because she hasn’t done a ton of weddings yet (and ours is a tiny, immediate family event), and it eased our minds that we had a few different people vouching for her as a cool, chill person to have around, which you can’t tell from someone’s portfolio. With such a small wedding, everyone’s really going to notice her, so it was important to have someone who wouldn’t be obnoxious or in the way.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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asobos:  I can’t tell you how many photographers websites I visited.  Actually, I used Instagram first and searched by #nycweddingphotographer because I didn’t know where to begin.  From there I just saved photos that appealed to me and I reached out for quotes for every photographer whose style I liked.

What I realized I liked was photographers who had couples who resembled me and that I felt some sort of emotion through the photos.  I wanted edgy, creative and photojournalistic styles.  I’ve now narrowed it down from over 15 photographers to 2.  We Skyped with one last night and we are meeting with the other in person tonight.

Google “questions to ask your wedding photographer”.  You’ll find useful articles.

When I studied each photographer’s packages, I knew I needed 8+ hour of coverage and 2 photographers (NOT one photog and 1 assistant, but TWO photogs).  Because I wanted groom coverage and with two photogs at the ceremony, they’ll capture me walking down the aisle, while another is focused on the groom’s reaction.  One photog can’t be two places at once.

I also knew I wanted an engagement shoot.  And I learned that is a great way to get comfortable with your photographer as they’ll be with you ALL day at your wedding.

Since you’re in NYC like me, I’d be more than happy to share my quotes with you.

Also, if you’re interested in videography, ask them for recommendations (if they aren’t a studio that does both).  The videographer I’m using offers a discount if you book with the photographer that I’m meeting with tonight.

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Post # 13
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Worker bee

Also find out what style you gravitate towards and then see what style the photographer specializes in. Here are the main 3:

traditional/classic/posed

photojournalistic/candid/documentary

artistic/dramatic (this style often requires more skill to do well and can be pricier)

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Linden Hall

I wrote a blog post here on Weddingbee not too long ago about our photography selection process! I tried to include some helpful steps in there. ๐Ÿ™‚

http://www.weddingbee.com/2016/02/11/dawson-wedding-photography-2/

 

Number one is make sure they’re in your budget for the things you want. (Engagement shoot? X hours of coverage? Album included? Second shooter? Etc.)

Then ask to see LOTS of full albums and ask yourself “IF I was this bride and these were the photos I had, how would I feel?”

Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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