(Closed) Torn between two photographers – need advice!

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Can you post links to their websites so we can see their work and compare?

A personality match between you and your photographer is VERY important.  A good wedding photographer will respect you and your special day no matter what your budget is.  A bride who pays $1,000 and a bride who pays $10,000 are still at the end of the day a girl who wants memories from the most important day captured, and you should be respected as such.  Your photographer is going to be with you all day, so you should like them a fair amount 🙂

Did you like the pictures from your sister’s wedding?  How did the photographers act at her wedding?  Were they bossy and rude, or did they kind of blend in and capture the day as it went on?

Also, you said that Option 2 was more traditional pictures, while Option one had traditional and candids.  Which is more your style?  Some photographers who have been in the business for 20+ years are more old fashioned and not as in touch with what brides like these days.  They’ve been posing people in the old school wedding photos for years, and they continue to get business because PARENTS like that style because that’s what they’re used to.

Pick the style and the photographer that is right for you, not your sister, not your parents, not the mailman, YOU.

Good luck!

Post # 4
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum

Just from what you’ve written I think you should go with option 1 and here’s why:

8 years is plenty of experience.

you liked them.

you got a good feeling from them.

they’re in your budget.

And the relationship you have with your photographer is super important!

It seems like photographer #2 was too pushy (insisting that your budget be something it’s not) and I also don’t think it bodes well that you feel like they might compromise your photography based on their reduced fee.

Since you like both of their portfolios just go with personality, personality, personality!

Good luck!

Post # 5
1020 posts
Bumble bee

i was gonna say the same thing as ms. awesome. 8 years is PLENTY. the photographers i’m considering all have only about 2~3 years of experience, but, from the photos i saw, i’m sure they are experienced enough.

i would not go with someone who is pushy. you are the buyer, you should be treated like a queen. besides, don’t believe it when they tell you they are offering you huge discount because of their relationship with your sister, because, if they are willing to give a 40% discount to you, they are willing to give it to anyone who negotiates with them.

go with option 1! 🙂

Post # 6
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I agree that you should go with Option 1. I would be SUPER annoyed that they were so pushy with me. If they’re doing this before the wedding, imagine what it will be like on the day.

Post # 7
6 posts

I would definitely say that 8 years is enough!  I’d actually prefer someone younger with less experience (typically) since the older crowd tends to be too traditional for my taste.  Some of the top wedding photographers only have a few years experience.  I’s recommend asking for referrals (preferably past brides who didn’t have a personal relationship with the photographer).  Good luck!

Post # 8
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It seems as though you are leaning toward Option 1 more. I would go with your gut, experience or not. Like pps have said, it’s very important how comfortable you feel with your photographer, trusting them to catch all the important moments of the day while you concentrate on getting married.

I had originally booked a photographer for my wedding who we’d used for family portraits and while she had done a good job previously, she was more traditional in her photo taking with poses rather than the photojournalistic style. I ended up switching to a friend who does amateur photography after seeing the engagement pictures she took of us. It was a big risk, since she’s not a professional, etc., but I am so glad I did. We absolutely love the photos she took and I know I was way more comfortable since I know her and we’re friends than I would have been with my first choice.

Go with your instinct. It’s pretty much always right.

Post # 9
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ask to see full weddings from each and then make a discussion by who makes her heart sing more.  I will say, if one seems pushy… think about if you want that around you for 8 hours on the most intimate day for you and your FH.

Post # 10
350 posts
Helper bee

Just wanted to chime in and add my agreement to the previous posters’ comments.  You definitely want someone who you are comfortable with on your wedding day.  One of the things I really liked about my photographer was that she was really able to make me feel at ease and not stressed out.  Also we might be able to give you some feedback as to photo quality if you post links of their websites.

Post # 11
3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

it all boils down to what makes you comfortable and happy!!  8 years is a lot of experience – our photog is the same age as me, but i loved her work, her attitude and honesty.  Do what you feel good about!!

Post # 12
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree with Ms. Awesome! You seem to have a better vibe with option 1, and they are within your budget. Like someone else mentioned, I’d love to compare portfolios to give you some more detailed advice, but I really don’t think it’s appropriate to pressure a client with regard to their budget. Also, I happen to be more of a fan of photojournalistic style. My favorite photos from my own wedding were moments captured.

I don’t think Option 2 would deliberately do a “sub par” job, though, just because you were paying less. At the end of the day they still want only happy customers, and every wedding is a new opportunity to capture stunning images and positive referrals that would continue get them new customers. That’s how I look at it anyway. Best of luck in your choice! -LB

Post # 13
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Are you worried you might upset your sister if you don’t take her photographers up on their “awesome” deal? I understand if you would feel that way, but you have to remember…in the end, it’s your wedding day!

Post # 14
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’d go with #1– 8 years is plenty, you like them, the price is right, and their photos are probably “fresher” because they’re younger and might be more up with the current trends. 

Post # 15
216 posts
Helper bee

I’m a photographer and I’d highly suggest looking at WHOLE WEDDINGS done by each.       Take a new look at each website viewing ONLY the weddings that have a lot of images from a SINGLE wedding.      This really gives you an idea how a photographer shoots !  

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