Post # 1
I wanted to get the hive’s thoughts and opinions about a photography ad I came across on Craigslist.
The Fiance and I are paying for our wedding out-of-pocket and budget is tight. I have been scouring the web for wedding photography deals and discounts to no avail, …until recently.
I came across an ad on Craigslist for wedding photography which included one photographer, a 6-hr session, edited/color-corrected images (up to 100), and a disc and online access to all images for $500. Usually packages with this type of service start at $1,200. The images on the photographers website were outstanding but there was a limited selection to view. Turns out my wedding will only be his 3rd. He is working on building a wedding portfolio so images from my wedding will appear on his website.
What do you guys think? He is a new wedding photographer but the wedding photos he had posted on his website were beautiful. Often photojournalist photographers focus too much on people forgetting the wedding details. He had a great assortment and showed his own attention to detail. Further, he was really easy going and nice to talk to on the phone. I know personality means a great deal to taking great photographs.
Lastly, what do you guys think of having your wedding photos posted online? Do you have any concerns for privacy that I am not thinking of? I figured it would be a great way for guests to view photos from the wedding minus the hassle of a password.
Post # 3
As long as you like his photographs, he is easy to work with and he is open to suggestions/ideas, I say take the deal!!
As for the privacy, I wouldn’t mind my pictures appearing on his website. I would take it as a compliment. 🙂
Post # 4
Have you met with him in person? If you have and are confident with his abilities, etc. then I’d say it’s a great deal! He’s obviously trying to work on his portfolio and reputation, etc.
re: website – I don’t care if my photos are posted on my photog’s website – but her contract had a clause saying she owned the rights to them all. I didn’t want them to be used for random promotion, so I asked that it be limited to her website and blog.
Post # 5
Sometimes you just have to take a gamble. If this is something your willing to do that with – go for it!
I mean, realistically everyone has to start SOMEWHERE.
Do you know if he’s been a second shooter on other weddings before? If he has then you’re probably fine, if not, then I’d get a tad worried.
Post # 6
Make sure he has a contract. Also, make sure to see complete wedding or 2 that he’s done. Whatever you see on the website is not a true representation of his work, but you already know that, right?
If you love his work, go for it.
Do you have a website we can take a lookie??
Post # 7
I’m paying $200 for my photographer… as many edits as i want, all photos on a disk (unedited and edited).. and she is doing a CD as a slideshow with some of the photos so it can be displayed at the dinner that evening 🙂
Post # 8
A lot of photographers post a selection of photos they take on their blog or in their portfoloio. But they do it with written permission from the client.
If you’re concerned with his experience, it looks like your wedding is at the end of next year. I bet he’ll be getting a lot more practice in by the time your wedding comes!
Post # 9
Our photog is coming in at under $500. She charges $500 but we went to high school together. She has ALWAYS been amazing but just started doing it professionally in the last year, so it’s a portfolio building happening right now.
BUT, I will say, that that’s part of the reason these vendors charge SOOOO much is because we (in general) attach more value to higher priced items. We believe if it costs more, it must be better.
I have another photog (FI’s cousin) who is ALSO new to photography, but charges $2K and people pay it. He’s good at what he does, but it’s not necessarily true that you have to spend a ton of money to get good pictures.
Post # 10
I think you should go for it. Meet him in person though!
Post # 11
Definitely meet in person, make sure you click, and get a solid contract. Also, I’d ask about equipment, back-up equipment, insurance, how he backs up images, etc. There is nothing wrong with taking a chance on someone new (everyone starts somewhere!); but if someone’s new, that doesn’t mean she or he shouldn’t have safeguards in place to protect your images, and all the trimmings of an established business.
Also, I *always* urge couples to get albums (and try to find a way to work with them if cost is an issue). I’d ask him about albums (real flushmounts; not press-printed books that aren’t made to last) and what he can offer.
Post # 12
My very first wedding I got off CL for $500, however, my 2nd wedding was over $1000. So, really, at 3… it’s still justifiable, although I feel they may be low balling. If you like his work, that’s all you can ask for! The only thing I can see, is that for 6 hrs… 100 images is NOT much! I typically turn over around 500-800 for a 6 hr wedding depending on the style and flow of the day….
Post # 13
I’ve learned a lot from this post–thanks for the question……and replies.
Post # 14
@2BeeBride: The first thing I would do would meet the photographer and person and ask to see complete sets of photos from the other weddings that he has shot. Anyone can get a good photo or two at an event, so it’s important to see whether they are consistently good. Also, some questions: are the 100 photos just 100 that are edited or is that 100 total? Because 100 pictures of your wedding is definitely not enough. We have over 300 from our e-session alone! Second, if you need more than 6 hours, how much extra will he charge? Third, will he give you references from his previous clients?
Post # 15
I agree with @sapphirebride you should ask to see an entire wedding. The pictures on the website are the best of the best and you need to see what the worst of a wedding looks like. They could be completely horrible and the ones on the site are just luck.
Post # 16
OHMIGOSH!!! THANK YOU ALL so much for the input. I have learned so much from this thread and I am now more confident going into the meeting on Sunday.
I also found out from various email exchanges that he will be offering a complimentary Engagement Session with the package. Since I am not interested in the Engagement session, he agreed to do a Trash-the-Dress session instead. 🙂
@Baby_PebbleS: That’s a great deal! CONGRATS!!!
I will be meeting with him on Sunday and will ask what other weddings he has lined up. I am sure he will have at least one between now and then too!
Good idea about equipment, back-up and insurance. I hadn’t even thought about that. THANK YOU!!!
The 100 images are those that will be edited/color-corrected. I am assuming the others will be left as is. I will definitely confirm this when I meet with him.
I assumed that the 100 images were the ones that are chosen to be edited but there will be more than 100 photographs taken. Something I will confirm with him when I meet with him on Sunday. I will ask him to take his computer/portfolio with him when I meet him. I agree that I want to see all his photos not just the best of the best!