Post # 1
We’re eloping to Vancouver and I’m torn about who to go with. Money is a concern/consideration but we both appreciate the art and vision that goes into photographer and in fact, Fiance is a photographer.
Option one Is local and is affordable (about 1600 for the elopement package)
Option two Is local and super expensive (about 2100 plus gst)
Option three specializes in elopement photog and is willing to travel without a fee (cost about 1250 plus NY sales tax)
Option one hasn’t been impressive with email response (its been 4-5 days since we asked how to reserve/book). Both Option two and three have been pretty on point with responding within a day or two.
Post # 3
I’d go option 2 but photography was really important to us, so we splurged on the one we loved.
Edit: sorry for some reason, I thought you said you were really into option 2. I like both 2 and 3, but personally like the style of option 3 more. Good luck!
Post # 4
I really love the style of photographer #3 the best. I think her pictures are more in the moment- very natural.
Post # 5
#3. Plus, she’s willing to travel and does what you want. Pretty pics!
Post # 6
@salejolie: I really love the style of #3 and the fact that he/she specializes in elopments is great. The price (and no travel fees) is a bonus! That is a great price!
Post # 7
I would go with #1 or #2. Melia is my favourite of the two. Since your Fiance is a photographer, who is his favourite?
There’s a few reasons i wouldn’t go with #3. First being the fact that it just doesn’t make sense she she wouldn’t charge travel fees. I looked up how much it would cost to fly from NY to Vancouver for the weekend, and the CHEAPEST flight and hotel I could find(which is the airport super 8), is $1053, then you factor in a rental car, food and all that fun stuff and she has literally LOST money shooting it. Maybe she meant without a fee, like a fee tacked onto her packages? I know some people who charge extra for destination weddings (since you’re not just losing one day, you’re gone for multiple). The other reason I would go with the others is because the border between canada and the states is not a forgving one. Photographers cannot get one day passes to shoot in the other country, since there is no lack of photographers in each country. The only time a photographer would get one is if they’re highly sought after, and have people backing them wanting them.. those people are usually celebrity photographers etc. SO that being said, travelling across the border with a bunch of camera gear sends a bit of a red flag, especially if she’s travelling alone. I noticed on her map of where she’s travelled, Canada wasn’t pinned so she might not even be aware of how strict the border is with this sort of thing. That’d deter me personally, because I woudn’t want to worry that she’s not going to get into the country, and then end up hooped for the wedding.
Since you’re eloping, have you thought about having it on a weekday? You might find more photographers are available, and since it’s a weekday elopement you might even get a bit of a deal. My personal favourites in Vancouver are Nordica http://nordicaphotography.com, who specialize in intimate weddings and elopements but I imagine they’re probably even more expensive (I can’t say for sure though), and Dallas Kolotylo http://dallaskphoto.com
Post # 8
@sillygoat: Great points on entering the country. I believe that she has shot in Montreal and I wouldn’t think that she would have a ton of gear since its so not a huge to do? I’m not sure, I’ve never been photographed for such a significant event.
She’s supposed to be on the west coast in the summer, so it would actually be convenient to her.
Your point on being flagged due to gear is a real consideration as I’m sure my Fiance may bring some of his camera equip to take photos as we tour around. Is it really a huge deal?
We came across Nordica some time ago but the price scared me off, and I thought they actually reside in Europe, no? I think Fiance emailed them today to see what the deal is tho, hopefully its affordable *fingers crossed*. And the rate for Melia on a weekday is still a real budget crunch. Fiance hearts her, but he doesn’t want either one of us stressed about money or making significant compromises. His second is the local budget, but not hearing from them for so long makes me want to move on. Decisions, decisions.
Post # 9
@salejolie: Is she travelling alone? If your fiance brings some gear and it’s the two of you, it most likely won’t be an issue since he’s on vacation (also not sure where you’re from but travelling within canada won’t be an issue at all) and with his soon to be wife, and won’t be bringing as much as a working photographer. Nordica is based out of Vancouver and Europe (there’s two of them, one who primarily shoots in canada, the other europe). Vancouver has a LOT of really talented photographers, I wouldn’t bother with the hassle of bringing someone from out of country personally. For instance, if she gets hurt or sick.. who is she going to have cover? A local photographer will know and have access to lots of different talented people.
Post # 10
I like all 3 of their styles, but I like 1 & 2’s styles the best. But with one not communicating well, and another super expensive. And 3 is willing to travel without an extra fee, maybe go with 3?