(Closed) What Would You Do?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have no advice (sorry!), but have a similar dilemma, so I’ll be waiting to see people’s responses!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Have you met with both of them? For us the deciding factor on the photography front really came down to personality and professionalism. Just because someone’s work is beautiful doesn’t mean you are going to click wit them and get the shots you want.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i would see if you could work something out with the more expensive photographer? 

 

For the record … nichol’s is editing them …odd? to me. it’s like they put a soft focus filter on ALL the shots (does that make sense?) whereas sherryhammond is BAM! in your face! … and for the record, i really like sherryhammonds over nichols.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Newbee

For what it is worth, I think it depends on your style. While I love and prefer a more “spontaneous” for photojournalistic style, my mother prefers more organized/posed styles (at least she is more concern with portraits for my sister’s wedding). Because of my preference, I’d go with the nichols photographer, but i am almost positive my mom would prefer the other. Which one do you think is better at doing the type of photo you, your Fiance, and your parents like? 

Also, I’ve heard mixed reviews on spending a lot for your photographer, so I’d wait for a married bee to help with that. In my opinion, if you are willing to cut the budget elsewhere by DIYing a lot, you can make it look fabulous with a WAY lower cost. From what I’ve been told, a great photographer can make a 10,000 dollar wedding look like 50,000…

And both seem to take great photos. 

Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure everything will work out no matter what you choose! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

The difference in price between the two is only about $1,000.  I know that probably seems like a lot.  However, consider that for $1,000 dollars more, you could have photos that you like all but a few, as opposed to a few shots you like.  Since they would be starring you and your hubby, you may like more than just a few, but you get my point.

I guess photography/videography is one thing we felt we couldn’t skimp on.  Lucky for us, a family friend donated her photography services as our wedding gift, so we were able to save a considerable amount of money on photography, which allowed us to get a videographer, too.  After the day is over, the cake and dinner has been eaten, the guests have gone home, the flowers are wilting, (unless you used silk like us and they still look amazing two years later!  lol!)…the photos are something you will have forever.

I second Kermie’s advice of a face-to-face meeting, at the very least with the one you love, (if you are 99% sure that’s who you’ll go with, no point in checking out the other person and getting their hopes up unless things don’t click with Choice #1.  Also, before you sign the contract, keep looking.  See if you can find someone else whose work you LOVE who is considerably cheaper.  You have almost a year before your wedding, so you have a bit of time yet before you NEED to have someone booked.  If you can’t find anyone else, THEN book the photographer you love.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@o0olibelulao0o: but in 25 years, is that kind of editing style going to look …. well, old? I would think hammond’s would look more timeless/elegant when you’re showing your kids your wedding photos?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For you, as a photography buff— cut your budget elsewhere and get the better photographer. You will ALWAYS have those photos and will kick yourself if you go for less.

 

Cut you flower budget or music or… pick the thing that is less important.

 

For me, I completely cut out a florist and invites and veil to make way for a more expensive dress and great music. Those were my priorities. You already know yours. You have at least this bee’s go ahead to splurge on the photographer.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Pick the photographer you LOVE. If $500 is the difference between loving every shot and liking “most”, it’s well worth $500. Remember that photogs only put their very best on their websites, so if you only love a few shots of the cheaper photog, you’ll be even less likely to get what you want from them…and be stuck feeling like you wasted $3500 instead of $500. Ask to see at least 2 full wedding catalogs from each photographer and see if their work stands up for an entrire wedding.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had a smaller budget and had to compromise on almost everything for my wedding. That is not easily done at all, it is heart breaking IMO.  I searched and searched for a compromises that I would not regret and could be happy with, including a photographer. I LOVE pictures, LOVE LOVE LOVE. So it was quite the task to find someone I could afford in my budget. 4K out of a 14k budget is a lot for one vendor. I think you have to decide what you want for your wedding like everything else besides a photog and make a list and price it out to see if you can make it if you do spend 4 or 5k on a photog. I like both you listed. I think I like Nichols just a touch more, they seem pretty creative  in getting good shots. But I agree with a PP that Nichols, their photos have been edited with that softer look almost like a little vintage color look and I don’t really like that they do that to almost all the pics. But both look like great choices. Good Luck!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I agree with the previous posters.  I’d go with the photographer whose work you think you’ll LOVE instead of the one whose work you think you’ll like.  In my mind, in the context of your total budget, neither is really a “cheap” option (either way you’re talking about at least a quarter of the whole), so you might as well spend that money as well as you can.  

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

At a very quick glance, I like Sherry Hammonds better. Her stuff is very good. I see a couple of technical issues with the Nichols, and the vintage style is on it’s way out, so your photos might looks super-dated down the road.

My thoughts aside (in fact, it actually doesn’t even matter what anyone thinks in this case because you have a clear favorite), you’ll want to splurge for the better photog. You can make it work with that budget if you have to. My husband and I only spent $15k on our wedding, and spent about $5k of that on photography, because the photography (and marrying the hubs of course!) was all I cared about too ๐Ÿ™‚

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