(Closed) Wedding photographer too young?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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4442 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@LilySarah:  I would be more worried about a lack of experience than age.  Even if the photog is 35, if she’s just starting out and hasn’t done enough weddings there are bound to be problems.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@LilySarah:  Yup, I sure would. It isn’t because they are too young and that’s the sole problem. It is because they are too young to have gathered the experience I would require for shooting my wedding. I’m willing to pay for that experience though, so if you are on a budget, they may be a good option. Maybe the reviews they have are from friends rather than actually sourced clients. That would explain why there aren’t many of them. New photogrpahers need a chance too, but I wouldn’t want my wedding to be one of the guinea pigs.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

our photographer is 25, was 23 when we met. she is absolutely fabulous and I will never ever use anybody else! she has done our maternity, newborn, family, engagment photos and so many more!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I agree with @mchitt329 – experience trumps age. My wedding photographerwas 26 when she photographed my wedding and she was the No. 1 wedding photographer in Dallas at that point. She’d been a wedding photographer for 3 years, though and a photographer for years before that. Definitely find out how many weddings your photog’s have done by themselves (not as secopnd shooters).

Post # 7
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604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

You can always see if you can use them for an engagement shoot first before you give them any more than a deposit for the wedding day. You could see what their style is like and how prompt they are in getting your pictures to you should indicate their reliability.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our photographer is 20, and let me tell you what…she does better than most people twice her age! She’s had tons of experience and interned with another wedding photographer for 4 years. 

 

Here’s a few of our pics that she took. I’d be happy to send you the link for the rest if you would like. 🙂

But really, as long as these photographers have experience, that’s all that matters! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LilySarah:  our photographer (and her assistant) is 23. she is AWESOME. she did a bang up job on our engagement photos and has done dozens of weddings already. id be happy to share our outcome with you if you want to PM me.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Experience is important.  And oddly enough, I loved that my photographers (husband and wife pair) are married.  It’s not that they’re married to each other that I care about, it’s that they’ve been through the wedding process from both the bride/groom side and the vendor side.  I would ask to see at least one full album of a wedding they’ve done.  Just because you like an overall style doesn’t mean you’ll like the look of the album shots when it’s all put together.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our photographer is like 21 and she did such an amazing job!  She actually did my sister’s wedding 3 years ago and I loved her work so much that I hired her for ours.  Some people just have it – regardless of experience.  Not that having good experience under your belt isn’t a definitely plus, it shouldn’t always be the deciding factor. 

Just to put it in perspective, here are some pics from my sister’s wedding (photog was 18) and from my wedding a little over a month ago….

Sister’s:

Mine:

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a photographer, and I’m 27 (almost 28), but I started shooting professionally at 22.  It’s less about age, and more about expereince. You can tell a lot from someone’s portfolio and seeing an whole complete wedding. 

Post # 13
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129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

A girl I went to high school with is a photographer and she’s only 19. She is very professional and one of the best photographers I know.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mchitt329:  +1

 

To me, that’s not old enough to have had time to garner enough hours on the job for me to entrust them with something so important.  

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It really would depend on # of years of wedding experience for me more than age.  If you’re on a budget though, you may be hard pressed to find someone with more experience for a price in your budget.  I would definitely ask them to give you the email/phone number of prior wedding clients as a reference so you can speak with them directly since they lack online reviews

I think there is a natural talent that comes with a good photographer regardless of age that you can get from any amount of years experience.  That being said, weddings are a much different ball game then portraits or other events as they are fast paced, stressful, have lots of moving parts and so many important shots to get right the first time.  This is where prior wedding experience comes in for me.  Knowing how to deal with that environment is key.  You can be the best photographer in the world but if you don’t have lots of weddings under your belt, you could totally fail.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2002

I am a professional wedding photographer who has been shooting over 5 years. I personally would not be concerned about the age, but more about the experience and level of maturity. If the couple you meet with has a professional portfolio and can articulate professionally and with confidence, then I would be all for them if you love their work. If they seem all over the map and are confused at your questioning, then I would be a little worried. Weddings are a whole division in themselve and it takes a certain kind of individual to be able to control situations and know what to do to make the flow of the day seamless. Best of luck to you!

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