(Closed) Thoughts on this photog?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Omgbunnies:  I wouldn’t use this photographer. I see no wedding photos at all. There’s new to wedding photographer and then there’s ZERO experience. I’d risk it for portraits but never for a wedding. Keep looking for someone who at least has some experience shooting weddings. The timing and skill to deal with varying lighting and weather situations, chaotic timelines, etc is very very important. Any money you do spend will be wasted if you spent it on someone who botches your wedding photos.

From the perspective of a professional, this person really shouldn’t be shooting weddings for money until she’s had some experience and can show some solid work. Portraits can be re-done, weddings can’t. At the listed prices I would be concerned about the camera gear she’s using, whether she has BACK UP camera gear, whether she’s insured, whether she has and knows how to use lighting . . . I don’t know what the answer is but I would probably keep looking for a student studying photography who has access to gear and has some knowledge and experience with weddings.

Post # 4
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Omgbunnies:  I think she’s a very good traditional portrait photographer.  I certainly would use her if she was within my budget.  What are your concerns about her?  Have you met with her and told her what types of shots you want?  I actually liked my candid shots my photog did at the reception better than the staged formal shots before the wedding.  My photog made it a point to get pictures of ALL my guests at the cocktail hour.  That was really nice, since some of them have passed away since our wedding.

 

And I agree with you when it comes to photography– now i got married almost 6 years ago, but my photographer cost $600.  I was rather pleased with my photos I got.  I didn’t get any fancy album, he simply sent me all the pics on DVD and I have full copyright to them.

 

 

Post # 6
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Omgbunnies:  I found my wedding photographer by chance.  My sister works with a woman who had him shoot her wedding.

He is a PT wedding photographer.  Doesn’t advertise.  Didn’t have a website (well, in 2007 he didn’t, maybe he does now) and he only operated via word of mouth.

 

Send out some feelers on facebook.  Ask people you know and work with who they used for their photographers.  Some of the BEST vendors out there are little guys who don’t put a whole lot of money into advertising = lower costs for everyone!

 

Don’t get discouraged.  Even if you think you shouldn’t book THIS photographer, you still have time to find a great one…is 2015 your wedding?  You have PLENTY of time!

Post # 8
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11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

her photography is decent. not who i’d choose for my wedding based on her pics and her lack of wedding experience, but if it’s between this and no photography, I’d go with her. 

Post # 9
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Omgbunnies:  I’m with mariematt… No matter how good a photographer is at portraits, that says nothing about her ability to shoot a wedding.  Portraits are usually done at the best time of day with ideal light (and honestly, I saw a number of easy to avoid lighting mistakes on this site as it is).  That is a FAR different situation from what you have at a wedding, where you likely have to shoot 1) indoors 2) at night 3) at the wrong time of day.  I see no evidence on this photographer’s website that she can handle this. Not only that, but someone who doesn’t have experience shooting weddings does NOT know how they will handle 1) hours and hours of continuous shooting 2) quickly changing lenses and gear to accommodate the situation as it changes (if she even owns more than one lens which is doubtful)  3) knowing how to confidently direct and set up shots quickly, but well.

Her portraits are below average to passable at best, and that’s IDEAL conditions where she can take time to set up her shot.

I understand being on a budget.  Believe me I do.  But I’d be lying if I told you that I believe there’s any chance you will get anywhere close to professional results with this photographer.  You can find a photographer that at least has SOME wedding experience.  No wedding experience = should NOT be charging you ANYTHING.  What this photographer is doing in listing these prices with no experience is frankly disgusting.

 

Post # 10
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Also, you really should listen to the pro photogs on here over other brides… NOT because we’re mean to anyone who’s starting out and not as good as us and cheaper!  Rather, because I can tell you from looking at this website, from a technical photography standpoint, that she doesn’t cut it.

Post # 11
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621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

So your wedding is quite a long time away! You totally don’t need to book a photographer yet. Hire this one for just the engagement shoot and see how you feel about it without committing to wedding photography. This is ESPECIALLY important booking a new photographer who hasn’t built up enough business yet – you have NO idea if she will even still be in business in 2015. And at her pricing I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s not. I’ve heard tons of stories from bees who have had their photographers go MIA or bankrupt so I really wouldn’t book someone that far out, especially someone who isn’t already established.

Post # 12
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9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Omgbunnies:  She is really really new and I would be uncomfortable being her first “experiment.”  I found a great photographer on craigslist for $500 for four hours of coverage including a disk with images and full reprint rights.  She has a full blog going back for the past year and has done at least a dozen weddings.  Keep looking.

Post # 13
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1066 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldnt completely write her off. I would get my engagement photos done through her, and ask to see the weddings that she will be doing. I personally would want someone who had experience in weddings but that doesn’t mean she won’t be good…

Post # 15
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1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Omgbunnies:  I;d say wait until you see her wedding photos. She doesn’t have any yet and I’m not really 100% a fan of her portraits. What was she quoting you for her wedding photography?

Me and Fiance got pictures taken from a at-home amature type photographer we found on craigslist for Christmas card photos. She only charged $20 for 30 minutes and gave us a CD of all our pictures. They were pretty good. When she saw we were engaged she told us of her new ‘wedding’ packages that STARTED at $1000.

Started.

She had never even DONE it before.

If you keep researching you CAN find a photography package from a reputable photographer that’s in your budget.  We found one for $400 for 4 hours. The best thing we did was compramise on the hours. We’ll be taking pictures beforehand and we’ll get covrage of the wedding and the 1st part of our reception. Everybody wins!

 

Post # 16
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8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Here’s my thoughts.. she’s new to the business and can’t get experience until someone gives her that chance.

The photos she has on her website are very good, so why not have a practice session? I used a friend as my photographer. She’s new, had only done 1 or 2 weddings and was just starting out. I gave her a chance, my pictures may not be the most amazing pictures out there, but they’re great because of the memories!

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