Post # 1
I have a real dilemma here, ladies. The salon I have used for years has been displaying wedding albums of a local photographer which I absolutely LOVED! Even before getting engaged, I would go through the albums in the reception area and drool over these albums.
Within oh…I don’t know… two weeks after getting engaged, in one of my “Bride in Overdrive” episodes, I scheduled an appointment, Fiance and I met with the photographer, looked at a few more samples of his work and booked him on the spot. 13 months before the wedding. In my defense, we live by the ocean in RI and vendors for summer weddings book up two years in advance (hence, our Sunday wedding).
Here’s the problem. I am regretting my decision. There is another photographer whose work I like WAAAAAY more. Which is saying a lot given how much I loved the photos of the photographer we have already booked. I am SERIOUSLY considering canceling the contract (and losing the $750 deposit) and booking the NEW photographer. Since we are just under a year away, I’m guessing he can rebook the date.
Since I am in NO WAY gaining from doing so, I am going to give you their websites so you can take a peek and tell me what you would do.
The photographer we have booked is Craig Rogers – crogersphotography.com and the one I am now in LOVE with is Susan Sancomb – sancombphotography.com. I would very much appreciate your words of wisdom!
Post # 3
Both photographers take lovely photos, but the quality of Susan’s pictures are better.
Losing $650 is a lot of money, does your contract address cancelation?
Post # 4
I do like Susans a bit better. Is she even open on your date? It’s a big loss financially (it would be for me). I would check if Susan was open and verify pricing and then speak with Craig about your options.
Post # 5
i love both these photographers, i personally prefer the first. but each to their own. if you can afford the change over and would possible regret it if you didn’t the go fot it.
Post # 6
I find these photogrpahers to be pretty similar. Susan seems to have a smidge more of an artistic eye in some shots but I think they are both very good. I have to say I don’t like how she put her portfolio together with the photos side by side, takes away from the photos IMO and is hard to really decide if I like her style. Hard choice! But I think I would stick with Craig.
Post # 7
From a photog’s POV, Susan is definitly much better. $750 better though? Hmmm I don’t know. If you still like your original choice I’d stick by it.
Post # 8
I like Susan better. The photos are the part of your wedding day that you will look at for years. So if it’s in your budget to loose the $750, I’d switch-if it’s not, I don’t see anything wrong with the other photographer. You could also see if Craig would be willing let you apply the $750 to an engagement or trash the dress session. Not all photographers will be ok with applying a deposit to something else, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Another option would be to keep Craig for the wedding and use Susan for an aftershoot/trash the dress, or bridal portraits.
Post # 9
I don’t think Susan is $750 better. I would stay with Craig.
Post # 10
I don’t know if I could handle losing the $750 deposit.. But if you’re willing to do that, I really like Susan’s eye for framing her shots and the quality of color in her images. I don’t think the other photographer’s work is bad, just not as good as the alternative choice.
Post # 11
Thank you everyone for your insight! Leaving $750 on the table is a very difficult pill to swallow, but I think we’re going to do it. Since the wedding is a year away, I think we have time to recoup the loss. I just feel so strongly about Susan’s photos that I’m afraid I will be kicking myself if I don’t do this!
I love this place!
Post # 12
I don’t even care that you would have to give up the 750. I just like Craig’s work better!
Post # 13
I think they are equally good. I also think losing $750 is a really bad idea in this economy. Even if it is a year away. JMO
Post # 14
Have you looked at an entire wedding either has shot? I loved several photographers’ websites and blogs but when I asked to see a whole wedding they had shot from start to finish, I often found that I was underwhelmed and they only had a couple of good shots per wedding (which are the ones that always end up on the blog).
Post # 15
What is the price difference without adding the lost deposit?
Post # 16
@Ocean: Here’s the thing. Susan is better, hands down. Better composition, better use of color, really tells the story of the event as a whole with her work, as well as the detail. Craig seems to have a slightly narrower eye – just focused on two people in a photo, two sets of hands, etc. It is lovely work, too, but I think with Susan you’d get more variety and quality work.
If you decide to jump to Susan and lose your $750 deposit on Craig, first:
1. Call Susan and make sure she is available on your day.
2. Meet with Susan in person and make sure you even get along and can communicate well.
3. Consider the rest of your budget. It is so early in your planning process, so if you are paying for all of this yourself, consider other surprises that might come along your way with vendors and so forth and be sure to save up/prepare for these emergencies.