(Closed) Torn between 2 photographers – any advice?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I narrowed down my photographer search to two as well. I met with both, poured over their pictures continuously, and even did a pros vs cons list. Ultimately what helped me realize which photographer I liked better was when one of them told me they had another bride asking to book her the day of my wedding. I realized at that moment that I would be totally bummed if that photographer was booked and unable to shoot my wedding, and that the other photographer would only make me feel so-so. It was a bit of a shock to realize that in that way but it worked out.

Post # 4
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not having a disc with all my images would be a deal breaker for me.  Is that not even an option to purchase?

Post # 6
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Perhaps post the websites here so we can judge.

I haet to throw another name in the mix, but have you seen Susan Stripling’s Philadelphia work? She’s amazing. I love her the most out of all photogs in the country. I suggested her to another Bee here who couldn’t find anyone she liked and she booked!

Post # 7
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

No disc would be a deal breaker for me as well, does that mean you don’t have copyright priviledges to your pictures either?  Do you have copyrights with the first photographer?  I would go with the first since the price difference is that big and you really like their pictures.

Post # 8
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@redhead46:  it’s very rare that a photographer relinquishes copyright to a client, print releases are however common, as are image discs.  There aren’t many left that don’t at least offer it as an option.  

@LibraryBride2013:  As a photographer my biggest piece of advice to you is to base your decision on the photography, and not the stuff that comes with the package.  If you aren’t in love with your photos it’s not going to really matter how much stuff you got.  If the disc is what matters most to you then by all means voice that to the photographer that doesn’t offer it.  They may be willing to trade that for one of the other products.  One thing I will mention is that nearly all of my clients I talk to after they have received their disc admit that they looked at all of the images once or twice and that was it.  Nearly everyone whose package didn’t include an album comes back and buys one.  The album is really thing that people get excited about looking at over and over again.

Post # 9
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@continuumphotography:  I agree with this: “piece of advice to you is to base your decision on the photography”.  But I want to be able to print additional photos at my leisure.  Having a disk is important to me.

I’m torn for you too!

Post # 10
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with continuumphotography.  I think the quality of the pictures is what matters most.  And while I also agree that most people probably want an album, you can easily have your album printed elsewhere, and at a later point in time.  Our photography package is for 7 hours, is costing us over 3k, and doesn’t come with a SINGLE PRINT.  we are literally paying only for the picture quality.  Once the wedding is over, we can sit down and look at all our pictures, and pick which ones we have printed (and where), and decide on an album.  If you think there is a noticeable difference with the second photographer, and you can afford the difference, I would definitely say go with them.  I would take the further step of asking to trade some of the services in exchange for the disc.  The leatherbound album, the enlargement, and the slideshow all seem like extras to me.  But it all depends on what’s most important to you.  Good luck!

Post # 12
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I looked at and met with a lot of Philly photogs-if you pm the names I’ll give you any notes I have!

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