Post # 1
Help! My school secretary’s husband is starting a photography business and he offered to be the photographer at our wedding and reception. He is only charging us for the hotel room and a reference. Here’s the thing…. I saw pictures of his last weddings and they just look soooooo generic. He says that he can add any effects I want but I’m still unsure. This is my wedding and I only get one shot to get it right. After all, my sister took a chance with her photographer and NONE of her pictures came out. Yes I said NONE. She has No pictures from her wedding day. Now, my planner has found a photographer that charges $175 an hour but I haven’t seen any of his work and as stated in earlier posts my budget is $3,000 for the reception, DJ, and photographer. If I go with the secretary’s husband I’ll be able to stay in my budget but if I go with the other guy I will BLOW my budget.
What should I do?
Post # 3
Before you make any decisions, you need to see the other guy’s photos. Also there are probably other photogs starting out in your area whose photos you might like better. Alternatively, if have any talented friends who take photos as a hobby, you could make them your unofficial second shooters to guarantee you will get some photos.
Post # 4
i feel like pictures are one of the main things to splurge on, but maybe that’s just me. it’s the one thing you’ll be looking at years and years from now, and when you’ve been married for 30 years, do you want to look back at your pictures and not like any of them or have regrets about who you chose? are there other photographers that are in the middle? as in, a lot of experience, good portfolio and not as expensive? just my opinion! good luck!
Post # 5
I would wait until you see the pictures of the other photographer before making a decision. Just because he charges more, doesn’t mean he is good! We did pay more for our photography because we knew that there was only one shot at it and we didn’t want to have someone that completely ruined the pictures.
Post # 6
Can you do an engagement photo shoot with the secretary’s husband as a trial? I found my photographer(s) dirt cheap and decided to do a trial before I booked them for my wedding. This is a great time to show you don’t want generic shots and see if he can pull off the more candid type photos.
Post # 7
maybe find someone in between, i met with at least 10 photographers. i went with an ametuer, because she really has a great eye but her editing skills aren’t top notch yet, and i’m sending the rough drafts to another photographer whose editing skills i’m in love with, but she wasn’t avaiable for the wedding. so i’m gonna spend about a grand for our engagement shoot, all copyrights, 5 hours at the wedding, and to send them off to be edited(even though she is going to edit some too) shop!!