(Closed) taking a chance on a new photographer

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My photographer, caterer, and baker (who made our cupcakes) were all new in their businesses! You can find some real talent at a great price for those that are just building their portfolios! Just research 🙂  

He is actually already offering what I was going to suggest: a free photo session. This is a great way to ensure that he can capture the moments, images, and style of photos that you desire.

Also, if this is his first wedding, be sure to be VERY detailed about the shots that you want. Provide a clear list, don’t say things like “couple shots, detail shots, family shots.” Be specific, as he won’t know excatly what most brides want.

My photographer was  not entirely new, but more up & coming, and had done a few weddings prior to ours. What I love about up & coming photograhers, is I feel they arn’t in a rutt, and want to be more creative. We were so happy with his work, and our friends and family couldn’t believe the quality of photos we received for such a great price! Here are some of my fav shots:

Post # 4
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The girl I am using is on her first or second year of shooting weddings.  I’m following her blog and am so far very impressed. She’s also starting to get stuff in local on-line blogs and stuff, so I am excited.  The nice thing about people who are newer to the field (as long as you get the right people) is that usually they have more to prove.  Every single wedding that they are apart of is important to their growing portfolio.  I’m excited about my photographer and with how much time effort I am putting into planning I hope my wedding will be a great benifit to her portfolio! 

Post # 6
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our photographer isn’t new to photography in general but ours will be her first wedding ever. She’s a friend, and we’re getting a ridiculously discounted price for a ton of photos, so I’m fine with it. I think if you’re using someone newer to the industry to save money you just can’t go into it with expectations of grandeur, and you should be okay!


Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

The answer is in the title to this thread- you’re taking a chance.  It’s true that all photographers who photograph weddings have to start someplace, and not all budgets can afford great photography.  You may get lucky, and you may not!  We took a chance with our own wedding photography, and learned a big lesson. It’s what drives our passion today.  There are no do-overs in wedding photography, so if photos are truly important to you there is sometimes no substitution for talent AND experience.

Post # 8
7 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

@stokieGal:  It’s certainly a risk but if you’re willing to take it I hope you’ll also be willing to take the consequences if there are any (hopefully not the case!) My best advice is to chat with this photographer and ask to see a full wedding (not just a few of his best images). Good luck!

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