(Closed) Too Good To Be True?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I suggest hiring them for an egagement shoot, or another type of mini shoot and decide from there.

There have been times where photographers have stolen other photographers pictures and claimed they were their own, so I would be very weary of this.

Post # 4
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3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Jump on it !!! Looks like an amazing deal!!! Meet with them ask to see a wedding start to finish and any testimonials. Their front page says a brides choice award so maybe check that out if they are listed? I agree the photography is gorgeous!!! 

Our photographer was the most reasonably priced and we got full day coverage as well as an engagement shoot and bridal shower photos. We got all our photos with releases and can print anything we want and got an album as well With 200 edited photos in it. So for someone. Building their name and business they can start off having a lower cost package 

Post # 6
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609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Have you seen a whole wedding or just their highlight pictures? I have read over and over to make sure that you actually see examples of full weddings, not just their best shots. 

 

Edit: Those prices are insane. In a good way. No wonder you are scared. They do seem to have good reviews on the weddingwire.

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

Quality videography is going to be just as expensive as photography, if not more.  I looked at the website – they have no blog, so you need to be really careful.  Ask to see a full wedding gallery, and make sure it’s from the photographer who will be present at your wedding.  Make sure you get to specifically meet that individual.  I’ve seen worse websites on here, but I would be wary.

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

@mcp3x:  It sounds like you could definitely use some good advice! 

I think there are a number of big red flags here.  As a pro photographer, I agree with continuumphotography that not having a blog is a bad sign.  Most pro photographers have a blog… the purpose of which is to show an entire wedding “story” from start to finish, the best photos from all parts of the day.  That allows you to see that they get consistently good results.  Without that, you don’t know (a) that they actually took the photos on the website or (b) that they were all real weddings and not just staged shoots.  I’m not saying that there IS deception going on, there could very well not be… but total refusal to show a full wedding makes you wonder. 

I disagree totally with them that they have to keep all their weddings private to protect the client.  First of all, many clients are going to share their wedding photos all over the internet anyway!  They could certainly ask one or two of their most satisfied clients if they would give permisson for their photos to be shared.  Many clients would be happy to do this especially if they loved their photos.  Telling you they can’t do this is a very bad sign…

Additionally, if you are not feeling comfortable right now… pressure to book, bad communication, etc, I would say that it’s not going to get any better.  You don’t want to experience regret after you sign the contract and you can’t get in touch with them at all!  A little extra money in the grand scheme of things is WORTH getting a photographer you love… from dealing with them personally to knowing your results will acutally be like the examples they’ve shown.

Either way I would say steer clear if they refuse to show you a full wedding!!! It’s bad news.

Post # 10
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah. Just say no. This sounds like every excuse in the book. Seriously? Any photographer can show you a wedding gallery. That’s a put off. And Brides Choice awards on wedding wire mean nothing. I get one every year without even trying. It means you got five people to review you well. Whoop de doo. Basically wedding wire gives them out to drive traffic to their site ! 

Post # 11
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2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m sorry but it sounds as if they might be more of a headache or pain in your ass than anything else should you decide to book them. While my photog didn’t give us access to every single pic she took of others weddings, she did give us access to a previous clients proofing gallery (which at about 3,000 pics was more than enough!). She even volunteered it before I even asked. Major red flag if they are refusing to share that info- if they had so many happy clients why won’t one of them let them use their pics? 

I did get a little pressure to book from my photog. Right after our initial meeting she e-mailed me maybe 3 days later to say that she was meeting with another couple with our date the next weekend. It left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth & I don’t know if it was the truth or a trick, but we had pretty much already decided on using her so whatever… 

I don’t know if they’re playing you or not but if you’re dealing with this much crap now, I can only assume it’ll get worse… 

Post # 13
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6534 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Nope. Not a chance. If they won’t let you see a full wedding, there’s a problem there. The price alone would keep me from booking. Like others posted, quality videographer is just as expensive to produce as quality photography. The fact they are offering a package for both that’s half of what you’d get from one vendor already sends a red flag. Add that to their refusal to show you a complete body of work is a deal breaker for me.

Post # 14
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1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Like others have said, their excuse for not showing a complete wedding sounds like bull. I would totally look elsewhere. You get what you pay for…

Post # 15
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8331 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I guess I disagree with most of the other people. They have amazing reviews, great photos and very reasonable prices. Maybe they are able to offer those prices because they don’t have an actual office? That doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker IMO. I don’t think not having a blog is a “red flag” either –  they do have a facebook page with more glowing comments.

I wouldn’t really want my photographer sharing every photo from my day…but I know some do. Some of those images are really personal and I wouldn’t want some stranger looking at them.

I’d say set up a meeting and do an engagement shoot with them. Perhaps after a month of back and forth emails they just don’t think you’re serious? Although if you’re really not comfortable with them then I’d just move on…but I personally wouldn’t be put off by the way they do things.

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