Post # 17
Your photographer should have a back up plan in case of emergencies, too. If she gets sick or in an accident and can’t be there, who will take your pictures? Make sure to have this verified and make sure you’re satisfied with that person’s work, too.
A friend of the family had her photographer cancel last minute because he was really sick. It was unfortunate and unavoidable, but still, she and her husband were left in the lurch.
Post # 18
Our photographer was really open to the suggestions that I gave her. When we walked around the venue, I said, this is what I like and don’t like and she was very responsive to that. I will still make sure to spell it out for her.
I think a great photographer sees the subject in the photo and the background of the photo.
Post # 19
I think it’s really, really helpful to ask for an entire wedding to look at – all 800+ pics. I did that for four different photogs -it’s the only way to see what’s beyond their website.
Post # 20
I second being able to view all the pictures, not just the good ones. You want someone that will give you a lot of shots to work with. you can’t expect 800 perfect ones, but you should expect more than 20, ya know?
Our photographer did all the right stuff – sent us the contract, gave us references, offered to skype to “meet” because he didn’t live close at all, made himself available via email/phone/skype for questions, etc. We felt more than comfortable booking with him after all of that, even with the distance and not being able to meet him before signing.
Post # 21
We booked ours through Studio Blue Weddings, a sister company of Bella Photogrpahy. They use the same photogrpahers, except you do most of the planning on the phone/online. Based on your preferences and how you vote photos, they match you up with someone in your area. We got matched with someone so grreat in the Boston area who charges $3000 if you book her through her website, but we paid $1400 through StudioBlue. It’s definately worth a look
Post # 22
I totally hate the black-and-white photos where just one thing is colored too! I think the pictures that try too hard to be “artistic” can go terribly wrong… I saw one where the couple is standing in the middle of the street, and the angle is at a tilt, and my FI’s first thought was, “EARTHQUAKE!” (Mine was, “And then, tragically, the happy couple was killed by a car.”)
I’ve also seen some where the couple looks TOO intimate, and I think, “Did you later turn this into a low-budget film that you sold in some dingy, dark alleyway?” Props can go wrong as well– there was a picture with a close-up of glasses of wine and the couple looked like they were kissing in the background. I was expecting a caption that read, “And this is the drunken night that led to the conception of our first child… the real reason we got married.”
I would suggest looking at the photographers non-wedding photos if they are displayed too… There was a photographer whose portfolio I was amazed to discover had all these “artistic” pictures of young girls in sort of “sensual” positions, where they looked sort of semi-nude (like, the picture was from the collar-bone up, and there was no clothing there). His other pictures were okay, but these just creeped me out to no end, and that sealed the deal. Art does not = young girls looking sexy. Ick.
Post # 22
I know this thread is old but I have a question that relates to reviews and references.
I found a photographer on Style Me Pretty (one of my favorite wedding blogs). He is listed as one of their preferred vendors in their “Little Black Book”. I’ve looked through his portofolio and love the style of his pictures and his package prices are within my budget. The one thing I’m hesitant on is I can’t find many client reviews (good or bad). I would like to meet him in person before booking to be sure but would like to know if anyone has booked a photographer without reading a ton of client reviews?