Post # 1
We met with a number of photographers this past week and I am not sure which one I should choose! Our photography budget is around 4K, but one is slightly over the budget, and one is under budget.
1) Photographer A
- I think he has a better eye in capturing candid moments and portraits
- He has shot at our venue before (but not often)
- I think we got along with him better, personality-wise
- Tons of reviews and awards and features in magazines/blogs
- All day (no time limit)
- More expensive (~$1500 more), over-budget (we would give up something less important)
- The bride who referred me to him said he tends to be more hands-off (very much in the background) during the wedding, so you’re not entirely sure if he’s getting everything you wanted during the process, but in the end it turned out great.
His vibe seems to be more that he will make things flow during the wedding, and do it well while in the background. All his pictures look like they have a film-like quality to them, so there is a slight vintage tone, but not overpoweringly so. I really love how he captures photos, but I can’t tell if I would still be in love with the film-like style 10 years from now. From looking at his full album, I felt 85% are great, and 15% are amazing.
2) Photographer B
- Cheaper than Photographer A (well within in our budget, $1500 cheaper than Photographer A)
- Also got along with us personality-wise, laid back
- May give us more direction instead of being totally hands-off as Photographer A (which is what we want), but will still blend in the background
- More flexibility in how we use our album credit
- 6 hour time limit – not really a big problem because we have a small wedding, and that’s about how long the venue gives us including getting ready, and we don’t need pictures of dancing from the whole night.
- Style is not as artistically appealing as Photographer A – uses a lot more B&W and Sepia type filters, but we could ask him to tone those down.
- Has never shot at our venue before – not sure how much of a problem that will be
Fiance was in a wedding with this photographer a few years ago, and remembered him as being pleasant. While photos are still very nice and appealing, I would say 5% are just okay, 85% are great, 10% are amazing, so more variability here. He seems to give more direction (but still in the background) and would be more relaxing to work with day of, but since he’s never shot at our venue, we may need to either (1) give him more inspiration ideas or (2) maybe take engagement photos at the venue.
This topic was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by beakermeep.
Post # 2
I would go with the more expensive photographer. Sounds like they have more experience and would capture your day without a lot of error and you will be more relaxed.
Post # 3
Do you have links to their websites?
Post # 4
A or C. Never settle. photography is the only part that really lasts forever. It was the most expensive element of my wedding.
Post # 5
I would say personality is big for me. Also, loving their pictures is critical. People kept telling me they thought my photographer was missing things, but when I got my pictures they were amazing. He caught everything.
Post # 6
beakermeep: any examples? Depends on HOW much better A is
Post # 7
Huds: RosaBride: I’m going to send you a PM because I’m not comfortable sharing outright.
Post # 8
beakermeep: A or C – we definitely didn’t go with the most expensive photographer out there, but we picked one whose eye we liked – and I’m so glad we did! Totally, 100% WORTH IT!
Post # 9
Honestly I know photography is super important but if you want hands-on so you know you are getting what you want I would go with photographer B. It sounds like you would still get the awesome pictures you are looking for. Honestly there will be wedding pictures that you don’t love — I have 1100 pictures that we got back from our photographer, but I only LOVE probably 30% of them. I think that’s pretty normal. As long as you generally really like the photographer’s personality and his pictures, I really don’t think you will be disappointed.
Post # 10
Honestly it depends if photography is a big priority for you. Will you be happy adding the $1,500 to this budget and cutting down budgets in specific other areas–food, dress, decor? Are you going to get a $5,500 experience from photos? If yes, then absolutely go for A. If not, I think B would be a good choice. And remember some photographers are willing to create custom packages–you might be able to arrange one with A for six hours instead of all day, digital only instead of digital and film, etc.
Post # 11
Pick the photographer you like the most. I personally would go with A, or keep looking. However, you need to make sure you’re 100% ok with the work they are showing you as samples. It’s considered a no-no to ask a photographer to change their style and how they edit. If you don’t like how much B uses B&W and sepia, that should be a dealbreaker. Asking them to change how they edit isn’t the solution, finding someone whose work you love is.
As for missing stuff, you have to remember that the photographer is looking at everything from a different angle. I can’t tell you how many times guests stand over my shoulder yelling things like “wait, there’s a trash can in the background” during family formals. VERY IRRITATING, because I set up each shot paying strict attention to my background/surroundings. I’m often using people to hide stuff. Likewise, the slightest change in direction/angle changes the photo – so yeah it might look like from your angle they’re missing something but chances are they’ve already gotten it. Guests are constantly running up to me telling me to go photograph the flower girl sleeping in the corner, only to have me tell them I got it 10 minutes ago.
Post # 12
Yep, either keep searching or go with the one whose photographs you like more since that is your main keepsake from your wedding. As for the hands on versus hands off – I’m not sure what this entails but if the end result is capturing all the shots you want (like what happened with your friend) and photos you find more artistically appealing, it doesn’t sound like this should be a drawback, but again I’m not sure what this means.
Post # 13
theillest: ljm308: What I meant by hands on was by giving some direction. Like what to do with our hands if we feel like we aren’t sure what to do.
Speck_: It wouldn’t be that he is $5500, more like he would be closer to $4500 and the other photog is ~$3000, and we had budgeted for $4K. If we decided to go with the more expensive photographer, we would get rid of items like full bar (having beer/wine only) or a photobooth. Photography would be in our top 3 most important items, so we’re willing to let go of some things.
Post # 14
Hi there! I may not be the best person to ask as I am a photographer but pay for what you like and I doubt you will regret it. I woud also suggest if you are concerned that they haven’t shot at your venue before then there’s no harm in asking about their preparation process (infact I think more couples should ask about this as its crucial!). For example, when I am shooting a wedding at a venue I have never been to, then I would visit it in my own time to check out the lighting etc aswell as logistical stuff like where I can stand to take the best shots. Does this photographer do something similar? It shouldn’t be on you to plan your engagement shoot there just to ensure they’re prepared 🙂
Also, I agree with starfish0116: that asking a photographer to moderate or change their style is a bit of a no no. I am very accomodating with my clients but if someone asked me to change my style it would be a big red flag. I would most likely turn down the job in worry I’d disapoint them and be left with unhappy customers.
I’d keep looking or pay for the one you prefer! Good luck bee!
Post # 15
beakermeep: I agree with some of the other comments- either A or keep looking. I had a similar situation when I first started looking. I was stuck between one I loved, but was way more than I budgeted for, and a couple that were just “ok”. It was really started to stress me out. But then I decided to start looking again, I tried looking through facebook pages and websites and found a new batch of photographers until I found one that I LOVED, was in my budget, and exactly what I wanted style-wise, the same with a videographer. I am really happy with my choice and was glad I didnt settle.