(Closed) Two photographers… which one?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which one?
    Photographer 1 : (8 votes)
    40 %
    Photographer 2 : (12 votes)
    60 %
    Keep looking : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    If the extra $695 isn’t out of your budget, I think Mark Hamilton has a really stunning style.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    @yanamari:  I think best thing you could do is to meet with both of them and ask to see a couple of complete weddings.  My SO does semi-pro photograhy and he doesn’t put everything up because it can be overwhelming.  Because you’re right, the ones on his site will be “the best”. Good luck 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @yanamari:  FWIW, I’m booked with Rachel.  My e-pics were amazing (I’m still getting comments about how great they were, 7 months later).  The other guy never came up in my research, and I know I’m biased, but I loved Rachel’s personality.  She was really fun to work with during the e-pics and has been super-responsive to all of my emails to her!

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I may be biased but I picked #2. His stuff is A LOT like the guy we picked!

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Just curious, why would you want to edit your own images? Why not just pick a photog who has a pp style you like? most photographers worth their salt will charge you more, not less for access to raw files. I’d honestly never let a client do so. Thanks for your insight!:)

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Both of them are willing to let you post produce the photos?

     Personally I would not book a photographer willing to do that to fit your budget in my professional opinion unless they are another pro wedding photographer. And even then its iffy.. No pro I know would ever let the couple do post work. They would cut coverage or extras to help fit a budget. Most would charge waaayyyyy more to give up RAWs..

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @yanamari:  They wont work with you because its Our work, we are artists. You cant get annoyed with an artist that doesn’t want someone else doing work to on their art. Its very unusual for an artist to allow this. If they do they are a rookie and dont know any better.. You are also not seeing that if you post those pictures anywhere it does not represent what that photographer does and it could seriously hurt our business. Sorry, no job is worth that. As a graphic artist Im surprised you dont understand this.. Real surprised. You just cant expect what you’re asking from a serious professional, you just cant.

    Also not all photographers use crap filters, not all charge $500 an hour. Also you cant say the price is ridiculous, its the cost of doing business. The average is $200 or more an hour. People charging below that are not a serious pro paying taxes, insurance, nor have backup gear. They also usually dont have the skill level to shoot events. You just cant run a legit business charging so little.. You dont realize what it takes to run a business or that we dont make that much money, a good chunk of that goes to taxes and business expense.

    Most photographers are broke, we do it for love, for the art, not to be rich. Do you think these prices come out of thin air? There is a Real cost of business and talent. Sorry, you have to pay for that. It takes skill to shoot events and not everyone can. If you cant appreciate someone charging more for their skill, talent, carrying insurance, paying taxes, and having enough back up gear then find a student/newbie that would be willing to shoot and burn.

    Cut another area to get more for your budget or wait till you have the money or keep looking for one that fits your budget.

    You also cant compare a Dr and a photographer..

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    ^ what she/he said. I net about 40% of my gross. And that comes out to about what the average office/ call centre worker makes. Before I’ve even left my house I’ve spent $500 real cost on a wedding just in gear purchases/ insurance/ Etc. forget even deliverables. I also would be charging you extra for unedited files. Well quite frankly you’d never get them from me but that’s up to your photographer obviously. If a client told me they wanted to edit my files I’d just say no to the booking. But thank you very much for answering my question! I very much appreciate your honesty and candor!!:) 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Lashmont:  So forgot about that story.. By the way Im a she. 🙂

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Me too. That story send chills down my spine!! 

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