(Closed) Which is more important – rapport or quality?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which would you choose?
    The photographer with the better quality photos, but less of a connection : (42 votes)
    75 %
    The photographer with the better rapport but with photos that are slightly less impressive : (14 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @sealevels:  Wow this is a hard choice.  I guess if I had to choose, I’m pick the one with the better photos, since that’s what you’re hiring them for.  I’d probably keep searching for a photographer that I loved and connected with.  As for the price going up, my photographer just did the same thing recently (luckily I booked her before that), but you might be able to get them to honor the lower price since that’s what it was when you spoke to them.  Best of luck!

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    That is a hard choice! For me, I would pick the one I am more comfortable with. Both Fiance and I are a little camera shy and awkward having our pics taken, so we’re working with a friend to be more relaxed during the pictures. It was important to us to feel really comfortable so the pics actually look like us! BUT if you and your Fiance aren’t camera shy, I think quality should probably win out.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @sealevels:  My gut would tell me to go with the photographers who take slightly better pictures but then the way you rated both couples, it sounds to me like their photography quality isn’t too far off from one another. I think I would make a decision based off what is most important for you and your Fiance. Is quality more important but less connection or slightly lower quality with significantly better connection? How much better are the photographs of the team that you and your Fiance love the pictures compared to the other couple? That is interesting that their prices went up, unless they went up because it is the beginning of the year? I know with our photographer, she locks in her rate for the entire year and you get that rate as long as you book her that year even if your wedding is the following year. I know what sold us on our photographer was the quality of her photographs, my Fiance and I have yet to see pictures of hers we don’t like (other than a couple she took of us at our engagement session…LOL but neither me or the fiance like our pictures taken that much!). Are you guys doing engagement photographs? I know I felt a lot more comfortable with our photographer after we met with her and did engagement photographs but then she is super easy going anyway. I think with this, if you can afford the price hike I would go with the people you LOVE their photos. After all, you are going to be looking at these photos forever. But then it is kind of nice the other couple offers video too along with a photobooth. I think it all comes down to WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT to you and your fiance. Good luck! =)

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I would go with whom I had the better connection. If you feel awkward on the day the photos wont turn out that great. And for “a few misses” do you really care as long as you have the great ones? How many wedding photos do you really need? 🙂 I think you’re more likely to get great photos from people I’m comfortable with.

    Post # 9
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    3369 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Definitely the person that you can connect with better. I mean obviously don’t go with someone who is shooting with a little Nikon point and shoot, you want to have still good quality photos. However, you can have the best photo quality in the world, but without a connection you will not get those photos that you dream of.

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Better photos. That being said, you were perfectly happy with the other photographer until you met this new husband/wife team. Only you can make the decision, but since the better photographer is perfectly nice personality wise I would choose better photos.

    As for the price, that happens. All of my pricing says “subject to change”. It’s not like photographers pull numbers out of a hat on what they charge. There are costs associated with doing business, and when our costs go up, so does what we charge. Also, a lot of photographers have a certain point each year when they raise their prices. For me, it’s in January. If you inquire in December, but don’t book until after January, it’s at the new prices. if you book in December before they chance you’re locked in at the old rate.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @sealevels: If that’s the case, then I think I’d go with the one with good rapport for sure. I know quality is important as well, but it sounds like they’re fairly close in quality. It’s not like you’re talking an 8 vs. a 3. I think slightly lower quality, much better rapport is worth it! But that’s just me.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Why not choose neither and find a photographer you love and who shoots great 

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It really depends. I don’t accept clients I don’t really click with because I know a lack of rapport will influence the quality of my images. If you feel sufficiently connected , to with #1. If you don’t, go with # 2 if you’re comfortable they can capitalize on the connection and turn it in to great images. 

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Keep looking.  Both are too important of factors to not have both.  If you aren’t finding photographers in a certain area or at a certain price point and photography is a key priority then you need to find a way to increase your budget or broaden your area of search.  Remember that photographers (most of us anyways) have little issue with traveling.

    Also most photographers increase their pricing based on demand, and price increases are normal. I’m sure they’d honor whatever they quoted you if it wasn’t that long ago.

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