(Closed) What do you look for in a photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@leecy87:  I looked for a particular style (non traditional, modern, edgy, etc), then I looked at reviews/reputation, then I looked at budget.  A lot of photographers will give you hourly or a la carte pricing instead of “wedding day package” pricing.  I personally would rather have a photographer I love and trust for a few hours, than a mediocre photographer all day (quality vs quantity).  You have to make a priority list for you; if cost is most important, look at pricing first.  If artistic skill is most important, look at their portfolios first.  Just remember this is how photography works:

    1. experienced/reliabliable
    2. artistic/skilled
    3. cheap/inexpensive

    Now pick 2 of the 3


    Post # 5
    402 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Also, you want someone you will “click” with (no pun intended!).  And, even though they should be able to give direction during the formal shots, they should be polite and inobtrusive when need be.  Friendly and enthusiastic is also key.  Style, price and prior work are most important.

    Post # 6
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’ve sifted through photographers, but haven’t contacted any yet, basically here’s my criteria :

    – fun, loving, get along well

    – good pricing [that doesn’t mean CHEAP, but that means a good price for whatever package they are offering].

    – talent [obviously], i don’t want your typical wedding pictures, I want something more unique and modern.

    – good attitude/has good reviews. I can usually decide if I like a vendor within the first few minutes of talking to them. If I get any sort of bad vides or attitude, I’ll keep looking. I have enough stress already, don’t need any more!

    – doesn’t mind having a list [SO many photographers on the bee cried about it when I made a thread about having a list, claiming respected photographers wouldn’t accept a list, or book a client who wanted one, around my area.. they have gladly oblidged, they note that they take into consideration and try to get each photo you want].

    Would also prefer 2 photographers, but 1 is fine if he/she is awesome.

    Post # 7
    2226 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I looked through a bunch of portfolios to find a photographer who could really capture faces and had a good eye for editing. I was really picky about what I consider a good photo; not over edited but still clean looking. You’d be surprised how many photogs put so much effort into the staging that they completely forget the goal; to have great photos OF the bride & groom looking NATURAL!

    I was in a wedding party a couple of years ago and the photog made everyone run a gambit of staged scenes: “Put her earing on”, “move your elbow a little to the right” “pretend you’re reading the newspaper” “Now look into the distance. In the end everyone was so annoyed that it showed in all our faces. It’s so AWKWARD!

    Post # 8
    739 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Along with what most PPs said, talent, pricing, style, etc,  I looked for somebody fun. The reason being is they will be pretty much surrounding me all day long, and I want somebody that will be fun to work with, that I felt completely comfortable with. Keep that in mind when you’re interviewing, because aside from your Fiance, you’ll be spending a good chunk of your wedding day near/with your photographer! 

    Post # 9
    739 posts
    Busy bee


      1. Talent/Style – quality over quantity {stuff can always come later}
      2. Do you get along/comfortable see yourself becoming friends with this person/people
      3. Reviews/Reputation – Huge red flag if they have none.
      4. Price – are they worth what they are charging.

      Here is a post that was started a few years ago with some good tips http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/advice-for-photographer-shopping

      Post # 10
      1326 posts
      Bumble bee
      • Wedding: August 2013

      1. Talent & Experience; we chose a husband/wife team so nothing was missed. He gets all the fun shots, she takes soft and romantic shots.

      2. Easy to work with and friendly; we got along with them so well, feels like we’ll be working with friends the day of

      3. Affordable; although pictures are important to me, they had to meet the budget, still over the moon that we could afford these photographers

      4. References; I wanted to know the couples they worked with were happy with their photos, and that they would recommend them again

      3. Portfolio; our photographers had a paper portfolio, plus a website and blog of all their recent work, very helpful

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