(Closed) Which photographer I should choose – artistic eye or budget-friendly?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer should I choose?
    Photographer A (Artistic Eye) : (27 votes)
    69 %
    Photographer B (Budget Friendly) : (7 votes)
    18 %
    Neither, find another : (5 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 2
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    Worker bee

    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
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    495 posts
    Helper bee

    Do you have links to their websites?

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    beakermeep:  any examples? Depends on HOW much better A is

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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
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    Buzzing bee

    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
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    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 # 14
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    Blushing bee

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    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.

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