Post # 1
Fiance and I have met with a handful of photographers and have narrowed it down to 2 and I’m really torn so seeking your wisdom.
Photographer A: FI and I only had a phone consultation with her as we would’ve had to drive almost an hour to meet in person. The phone consultation was quick and pleasant, but we didn’t really get a feel for her. I got the impression she would try to steer us toward a first look (we’re undecided but have been leaning no) but she didn’t push it in the inital conversation. She’s a full time wedding photographer for 10+ years and has over 90 5 star reviews on Wedding Wire and Google, and zero reviews that aren’t perfect. Price isn’t a big consideration for us, but her package is about $500 cheaper, though it includes only 1 album and 6 week online gallery.
Photographer B: This was the one meeting Fiance couldn’t make, so I met with him myself. The meeting lasted 1.5 hours and I felt that we had a good rapport and he gets what I’m looking for in my wedding and photos. Gave me a sample timeline for how the day would go with or without the first look and said it would be very doable to not do one if that’s what we want. His package is slightly more expensive, but also includes parent albums, a print credit, and the gallery and slideshow are online for a year. He’s a full time wedding photographer and has been doing so about 6 years. My only concern is that he has about 30 5 star reviews online, and 2 zero star reviews. Both of the zero star reviews mention that his second photographer didn’t really do anything, that he wasn’t very organized during the family formal photos, and one of them says he got stains on her dress because he hung it outside (something I’d never let anyone do). Both negative reviews are 2-3 years old. He did respond to both of them. Were it not for the negative reviews, I probably wouldn’t even be hesitating to choose him. I know people are more likely to post negative than positive, but our other photographer literally has NOTHING negative about her out there.
Post # 2
I voted for the second one. Rapport is important. Seem to get more for your money too. If the negative reviews were more recent then I would pay closer attention to them.
Post # 3
I definitely think photographer b sounds like your man. I think it’s awesome that he sat down with yall for over an hour and gave you reassurance that your timeline would work with or without a first look! As for the bad reviews, I think two out of thirty two is still a really good rating. Honestly, I get suspicious when a business has nothing but five star reviews, but that’s just me lol. But I think if those two negative reviews bother you, you could probably bring them up with him. The second shooter could be an easy fix if he is even still with that person, and you stated you wouldn’t let him hang your dress outdoors anyways. And the organization during family portraits could very well be a failure on the couples’ part to provide a must have photos list. Best of luck choosing bee 🙂
Post # 4
If the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, I wouldn’t be concerned. Not everyone meshes well together, and humans make mistakes. If he was consistently unorganized that is something that would come up more often in the reviews. It sounds like you want to go with #2, so go with #2!
Post # 5
So by what you said I’m going with number two, just because he seemed to genuinely listen to you. BUT you can be the nicest guy in the world and not be the best photographer. I would go through their most recent wedding shoots and choose the one that you think suits you the best out of the two. Think of what you want, are you looking for a photographer that plays off of natural light, or one that uses dark undertones. A lot of a photographery skill is in the editing as well IMO
Post # 6
I’d be more wary of the nothing but perfect reviews to be honest.
especially as B responded to the negative reviews and they were a long time ago
Post # 7
I would take those negative reviews more seriously had it been more recent but I do give photographer b a lot of credit for really giving you time and listening to you and working out a time line because I can’t express how important it is to have a photographer that has a time line and really guides you and the family/wedding party to ensure you get all the photos you want. You don’t need the added stress of having to guide a photographer on your wedding day or their assistant.
Make sure both of these photographers have blogs where they post their photos because that’s how you will truly see how skilled they are with framing and utilizing light which is extremely important. A photographers blogs normally won’t contain those heavily heavily photoshopped pictures…just cropped, straightened out and slight adjustments to color. I knew the majority of my pictures would be outdoors and picked a photographer with amazing utilization of outdoor lighting, framing skills and extremely organized. He directed us the entire day and came prepared for every single mishap that could have happened…the man had eyelash glue, double sided skin tape, hair spray, bobby pins, you name it and it was on him! Needless to say our photos came out flawless and look photoshopped even though they hadn’t been edited yet.
Can you provide websites for us so we can see?
Post # 8
I would hire the one who takes the better photos period, though I will say rapport is also really important. I met with a few photographers who all had great portfolios and they seemed pretty nice, but my husbannd is very shy. He totally shut down with all of them to the point it probably looked like we were about to break up because he was so sulky and quiet. When we met the woman we hired, she a) had an INCREDIBLE portfolio that blew the other guys out of the water but also b) when my husband met her he was laughing and smiling and engaging in the conversation.
While your photographer will be more or less invisible during the important bits, you do wind up spending a good deal of time with them and it’s important you like them and are totally at ease. They are there while you get ready, they do pose you, and you do multiple long shoots with them throughout the day.
Can you post links to their portfolios?
Post # 9
I agree with the PP about going with the person with better photos overall. Everything is negotiable, so I wouldn’t worry about going with the cheaper of the two. I didn’t want an album from our photographer (I want to create my own) so we negotiated an engagement session instead. Just because the phone conversation didn’t go the way you thought it would doesn’t speak for the woman’s work. The artistry will come across in the photos, so I wouldn’t rule out photographer one based on a phone conversation.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone…this makes me feel confident in going forward with Photographer B!