Post # 1
I just came back from a meeting with a photographer. She was really nice and met me in NYC where I live even though she lives in Philly. In all ways, she’s given me amazing service so far. She says we should book soon while she has our date free. The price is slightly overbudget.
I am torn due to two reasons. First, I’ve fallen in love with a bunch of her images, but not every single one. When I look at a complete gallery of her photos from one wedding (500-600 shots), I LOVE ~30% of photos, Really like another ~40%, and then am not very impressed with the rest. Some are fine, a few are just not good. Is this normal? Should every photo be amazing?
Also, I wonder if I haven’t looked enough? We briefly looked at/spoke to: the six photographers recommended by our venue, two from craigslist, two recommended by a booked photographer we liked. We seriously spoke to only 3 of these (eliminated others right away due to price/quality).
So, should I book or should I keep looking?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
This is actually pretty normal. I’d be incredibly happy with 200 great photos… you only need enough to fill an album. 😉
Post # 4
I would probably keep looking for another few days…I feel like photography is one of the most important aspects, and I think you should love more than just 30% of the photos. Of course, there will be ones that you don’t like because they’re not your style, and you can always ask the photog to not take those (like ones that are tilted or posed in a certain way). But I think you should have a photographer whose photos excited you and make you really anticipate your own wedding photos. I would take the next few days to take another look and see if you can find anything that really grabs you.
Of course, I also obsessed over our photographer search and met with about 6 photogs, and still have doubts that I might have “settled” for our photog, so I might not have the best advice 🙂
Post # 5
Ditto Spaniel. I like probably 50-60% of our photog’s photos, so slightly more obviously. BUT when we did our e-shoot, I realized that as long as we got “enough” good ones, that’s all that mattered.
Something for you to think about is how long will you have your photog for? We got over 300 pics from our e-shoot and that was only 1.5 hours. So if you have, say, 4 hours, this could easily amount to over 1,000 pictures. So, with 30%, you’re still at over 300 pictures you should *love.*
Just according to my math, but should be totally safe. PLUS, customer service is really key, especially in photography. You’ll be so happy you picked someone you get along with, rather than someone whose percentage (of photos you like) is slightly higher.
Post # 6
I would keep looking. Honestly, I loved the majority of the pictures that my photographer had up on his website. The ones that they have online should be their best work, completely touched up and any effects already done so if I saw photos that were less than that, I wasn’t impressed with the photographer.
Post # 7
I would definitely say keep looking…when I am looking for vendors with a bride I always ask them if that particular vendor has “wowed” them…and sometimes I won’t even have to ask! because if you really loved a vendor…you would be ranting and raving about them 2 hours later…you would be excited and say “where do I sign or when do you need the deposit”! You know what I mean 🙂
If you haven’t had that feeling of being SURE that this is what you want…I’d say keep looking and if you can’t find anything better, then go with your last option. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 8
You should be in love with more than 30% of a vendor’s pictures. If you go with her, you may end up hating most of your pictures if you aren’t completely in love with her style. Don’t let her promotions bully you into booking her services if you aren’t entirely satisfied with her products.