Post # 1
Hi Bees! This is my first post here; and it would make my day to hear your opinion on this, whether you’ve already chosen or are in the process of picking….
When looking at photographers’ websites, what’s your opinion of the photographer showing non-wedding work in addition to her wedding images? Does it make you think she is a jack-of-all-trades and thus master of none, or do you feel like it helps you get a better sense of who the photographer is, and give you confidence that she will bring additional skills to the day? Do you enjoy seeing different types of work, such as fashion photography, on the same website as the wedding work, so long as it’s split into categories, or would you prefer to only see the wedding work?
If you have already hired your photographer, did you look at all genres of her work before hiring? If you are in the process of choosing, what are your thoughts on the generalist vs. specialist?
Is a photographer with training in other disciplines such as fashion appealing or distracting?
Thanks so much for your input!
Post # 3
I stuck to a photographer who only shoots wedding and devotes all her attention and efforts to wedding clients. I just wanted someone focused and of singular mind.
Post # 4
I agree with Atlanticbride.
Post # 5
I also only looked at and chose a photographer who solely does weddings.
Post # 6
Very interesting to hear. Thank you!
Post # 7
My photographers (they’re a pair) do both weddings and portraits. In my area, the overwhelming majority of photographers do both. Mostly because there aren’t a whole lot of late fall, winter or early spring weddings in Wisconsin 😛
I liked seeing the portrait work, because I’m one of those people who can’t do candids. Seriously, take 50 shots of me, and I’ll manage to have my eyes closed, be yawning and sneezing at the same time and somehow develop an extra chin. I’m THAT person. I also want lots of family pictures at the wedding, so I wanted to see how she was at posing multiple people and getting a good shot of everyone.
Post # 8
Our photographer does weddings for the most part but also does portrait work. I looked at that stuff as well because it still seems relevant to our wedding. We’ll be doing family shots, engagement photos, etc. Also their was mention of their work in photojournalism. We want a lot of really great candid shots that capture the feel of our day so it made sense to reference that work.
As long as their wedding work is quality and they have a lot of expereince I don’t see any issue if they do other photos as well.
Post # 9
My photographer does mostly weddings but will do the occassional pregnancy/baby/family portraits.
The majority of photographers in my area will do mostly weddings shoots with babies on the side, esp. if the expectant parents were previous clients from a wedding shoot. If everything works out, I would love for her to do our baby/pregnancy portraits in the future.
Post # 10
My photographer does everything, and I love that. I plan on using her for future occasions as well, such as children. 🙂
Post # 11
I would go with one that specializes in wedding. Something like fashion photography is (heavily) staged and planned. Weddings are unpredictable and moments happen quickly and I would want someone who can capture it all. I was actually turned off by wedding photographers who didn’t have enough weddings in their portfolio. I would also request to see a full wedding day of shots from getting ready to the exit. This makes a huge difference since photogs post only their best shots in their actual portfolio.
Post # 12
The photographer we chose does family portraits, newborn, and wedding photography. When we had a meeting with him he went through his wedding portfolio with us, explaind that he limits the amount of weddings he does a year, and we knew that he was very…”exclusive”? I’m not sure what word to use — he is a high rated, professional, featured photographer.
I wouldn’t choose anyone that seems “commercial.” To me it shows they are trying to do too much and may or may not produce the best quality. My advice for choosing a photographer — don’t settle! We set our date based on our photographers availibility and he costs more than anything else (dress, venue, ring, food)! You’re going to want the best photos possible to remember your day so look around (A LOT) and don’t go for someone who is following the current trends in photography — your photos should look timeless and never out of style!