Post # 1
Hi Bees, I need your help. Before the wedding I had never even dreamed that a photographer could cost upwards of $3000. I tried to find a really reasonable photographer and did find one for $550. We put a $200 deposit and this whole time i’ve been kind of uneasy about my choice since I’ve heard that a lot of couples regret not spending more on photographers. Now, I still can’t afford the “best” but I decided to start looking around thinking they would all probably be booked. Our wedding is January 24th!!! I found a place that actually is free and gave me a last minute discount. Original price $1600 discounted to $1000 for 5 hours, unlimited photos and rights to a cd of all photos. The other package was 400 photos, 4 hours, and a rights to a cd of the 400 photos. I couldn’t really find a link to the current photographer, but i have a screen shot. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/evokephotoandvideo/photos_stream to the one im considering.
Post # 2
I would go with the new photographer, if you liked his portfolio better. Photos are all you have when it’s over 🙂
Post # 3
Have you viewed the portfolio of the photographer you have already booked with? If not , then I would be stressing a bit! I didn’t click your link, but the photos I can see on here look quite nice and artistic. Four hrs coverage isn’t very much. Are you planning on having bride getting ready, groom getting ready, family shots, ceremony shots, and after ceremony shots? With four hours, you would be lucky to fit it all in. I’d rather have unlimited number of photos too if I were you!
Post # 4
I say switch. A 400 photo limit weirds me out big time. Will they stop shooting after they hit 400? Or will they toss out gorgeous photos because they have too many and it’s over 400?
Post # 5
Switch! DEFINATELY! The photos are your documentation of the day and it goes by so fast that you want a good photographer taking unlimited pics so you can be all like “wow I totally forgot we did that” etc etc…..
Post # 6
I would go we the best photographer you can go with as pics are all that is left. I got a similar package. Later on you can go online and develope them. Make sure they are copy right released. look at photobook girl website blog for her recommendations and reviews of different places online to purchase and create your own book. Just buy time right now. And sounds like you may get a deal when someone has a free calendar date. :). Just make sure you read reviews of them and they rare honest…as in don’t run away w your photos. Also, if you think about it, you really want pics of the meat of your wedding.. And you may have to forgo having some of you getting dressed but big deal. Let someone take those with their iPhone. How many do you really a want of your girls putting on makeup vs of the actual cermemony and your family at the wedding?q I say switch. You want hourly rates. It sounds like a rip off the other package.
Post # 7
I think it’s 400 photos because it’s 4 hours and photoGS capture roughly 100 pictures in an hour (hence, expect 1000ish pics for your full day 10 or 12 hour photographer.) But either way, you should go with whichever portfolio you like better. I love my choice in photographer and videographer. They were a little over my budget but I went to a wedding show where all of the photographers’ DISCOUNT rates were way more than what I had booked with. Agree with PPs that all you have are pics and videos when it’s over, might as well make them good ones!
Post # 8
Well, I think i’ve definitely made up my mind to switch photographers, I’m just a little worried about the old one. I didn’t sign anything, it was all through e-mail/website form and there are some terms and conditions, none say that I have to pay a certain amount if a cancel later or anything like that. I know the deposit is lost even though they say that it can be used towards credit for something else. Also, the current photographer was really nice. I feel bad cancelling 10 days before the event. How should I do it?
Post # 9
before you cancel, make sure the new photographer is available, and please sign a contract.
Tell the old photographer that you have decided to go with another photographer, and that you understand that you forfeit the deposit, and wish them well.
This photographer was probably counting with the rest of the money you were going to pay. He is missing out on income if you cancel. But it’s their fault for not signing a contract with you with a cancellation clause.