Post # 16
Wedding photographer here. You need to go with who you like the most, period. $300 isn’t much in the grand scheme of things when you’re talking about the photos you’ll have forever. The biggest thing I want to point out is you can’t ask your origional photographer to shoot/edit in a style that isn’t his own. Someone mentioned getting what you want if you give him direction…but the thing is you shouldn’t have to give your photographer direction on how to do their job. You should hire someone you’re totally confident can produce what you want without having to be told. Now, obviously important shots like family formals are totally different, but you get what I’m saying.
I’m not particularly jazzed about either photographer to be honest.
What sticks out to me with your origional photographer is how all over his portfolio is, especially when it comes to editing. To me that shows that he doesn’t have a defined style. Some of his photos are clearly pretty epic while others are not something I would ever suggest putting in your portfolio. To me it almost seems like those epic photos are something he did during a styled shoot or workshop not a real wedding day.
I’d probably go with the new photographer if you like her editing style. I tend to prefer bright and airy, and she’s got more of the moody preset going on. There are things in her portfolio that show me she is less experienced, but if you’re willing to take a chance it’s pretty likely based on her current portfolio that she will have a solid 9 months before your wedding to just keep getting better.
Listen, none of us are perfect photographers. None of us ever produce a wedding where every.single.image is magazine worthy because not every single moment of a wedding day is magazine worthy. That being said you should feel totally excited about the prospect of your wedding photos and it doesn’t sound like you are with the person you have booked. I would just send a simple and polite “Dear Photographer, I want to thank you so much for your time but as we’ve gotten farther into planning I’ve realized the style of photography I want has changed. For this reason we’ve decided to go with a different photographer. I do realize our deposit is non-refundable, so please let me know if there is anything else I need to do on my end to finalize the cancellation.”
Post # 17
thank you for your input! I really do appreciate it.
Post # 18
Definitely go with the photographer you like and eat the $300 deposit. The photographer is the most important vendor you hire and you should definitely love their style.
Post # 19
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
So I ended up having a similar problem. I booked someone who had some nice shots, if a small portfolio. Over time, as she added more content to her site, I was less happy with what I was seeing. I started having doubts, but we had a deposit and were set up with a free engagement shoot.
After we saw examples of her work made explicitly for us, we knew she just wasn’t right for our wedding. We ended up booking someone else in whom i have complete confidence, and haven’t regretted it for a moment.
If you can arrange an engagement shoot, I would try that first. If that’s not an option, just walk away. Photos are the primary thing you have after your wedding day. It’s not something you want to look back on feeling like you should have gone with your gut.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
Post # 20
I think wededing photos are too important to regret not going with your gut. If you keep your original photograher and wind up unhappy with your wedding pohotos, how will you feel?
Post # 21
good point. The logical side of me is saying, “There are so many other photos in your life that will be important! Newborn photos, photos of your kids growing up, family photos! As long as you get some good shots of your wedding, you’ll be fine!” The more emotional side of me is going, “But what if you don’t like them? Can you live with it?”
Post # 22
So I voted for the new photographer because I like natural light photography better. However they are both excellent!
For this decision, I don’t think it’s about who is better but which style you and your fiancé like because while they are similar they are different. Like I said, I chose the second one because that’s my style. But I can recognize that both their works are just as good!
if you like the natural light style, I don’t think expecting your original photographer to shoot like that and most importantly edit like that would work.
Post # 23
thank you! You put into words what I’m feeling better than I could, lol. I’m not saying that the first photgrapher’s photos are bad AT ALL. They’re just different from what I’m realizing that I want.
Post # 24
I was in your position 2 years ago. We had already booked a photographer (same company as our videographer). However, while I was browsing facebook, I came across an up and coming photographer. I loved his shots. So I told my fiance. He said that our photographer was ok and there was no need to change. Then a month has passed but I couldn’t take my mind off this photographer so I recomputed our budget and illustrated to my fiance that we will only be losing a small amount of money by changing our photographer. In the end, changing our photographer is one of (if not) the best decisions we have made for the wedding. He’s already very in-demand now and we’re glad that we got him while his fees are not that high yet and he was still flexible with his pricing (had to ask for some freebies to lessen the cost of the photographer change).
So my advice is to sleep on it a bit. If you really think that you like the new one, you should go for it. Personally though, i prefer the style of your original photographer. But maybe you were looking for somethinf else that’s why you considered this new one. 🙂
Post # 25
I prefer the first photographers work honestly.
Post # 26
I actually prefer your first photographer… Not much help, I know, but I honestly do.