(Closed) Would you hire a photographer who hasn’t done a first look?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you hire him?
    Go for it! : (13 votes)
    31 %
    No, keep looking! : (29 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I say keep looking. One of my friends recommended her photographer to me, and while his work was absolutely amazing, he was a total d*ck when we met with him. I had to spend a lot of my day with my photographer, and I wanted to make sure we clicked personally, and we just plain didn’t. I didn’t hire him for that reason alone, and I’m so glad for it. The guy who ended up being my photographer was amazing. He had a great personality and was such a good sport with all different sorts of things. 

    I just think it’s important to really get along with your photographer and for him/her to have experience in the photos that you’ll want. So my vote is to keep looking :o) 

    Post # 4
    Member
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d be more concerned that you don’t click with him. First looks aren’t rocket science, he could probably figure that part out but you want someone who will put you at ease.

    Post # 5
    Member
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I would keep looking.

    Post # 6
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    4193 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I wouldn’t be concerned about him not have done a first look- I would more concerned that you didn’t click with him, and that he might be a little new to wedding photography. (You can show the photographer other reveal/first look photos as examples.)

    What do you think of his portfolio? Keep in mind that you’re going to have your photos forever. I have friends who scrimped on wedding photos, that say it’s a regret later on. (Ex: One had SIL take photos of ceremony, but she didn’t get as many at the reception, since SIL was also a guest.)

    Would you take a risk for the great price? – Personally, no. You can always find an inexpensive photographer. And you have a lot of time before your wedding, so I’d suggest keep looking until you find someone you click with, and whose work you really like.

    Post # 7
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    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Well, how happy are you with his photos? Has he let you look at samples of full weddings (as opposed to just the highlights)?

    In principle I wouldn’t have a problem with hiring a photographer who hadn’t shot a first look as long as I thought they were talented and had good instincts. But if he hasn’t even heard of them, to me that indicates that he’s not put any real time or effort into keeping up with current trends or new ideas and I would be worried about photos looking dated/old-fashioned.

    Post # 8
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    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It doesn’t hurt to do some more searching….I mean as far as a wedding ceremony is concerned you would think the photographer would know what the first look is…..but just my opinion!

    Post # 9
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    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Definitely keep looking–I agree that the first look, etc. themselves aren’t too difficult to do simply, but they’d be very difficult to capture well if you don’t click with him (I think the photographer needs to click with you well enough to get a sense of your style and what types of things to capture about you and your FH!).

    Post # 10
    Member
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Yes, keep looking, if he hasn’t even heard of a “first look” he is not for you!

    Post # 12
    Member
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @koi424:  “I mean I’ll be spending 10 hours with this guy. I should probably like having him around.”


    This exactly! You’re going to be spending a TON of time with this guy on the most important day of your life. You want to be able to like him and not mind having him around. The more I thought of that other photographer who was such a jerk, the more I realized that he ate up SO MUCH of my friend and her groom’s time on their wedding day. If I had hired him, it probably wouldn’t have ended well. 

    Don’t feel bad and selfish saying no b/c you don’t like his personality. You don’t have to tell him that’s why you’re saying no! Just let him know you’ve decided to go in a different direction…away from him :o) 

    Post # 13
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    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Don’t feel bad or selfish!!! It’s your wedding day and you should enjoy every moment of it. You don’t owe him anything, not even an explanation. You’ve decided to go in a different direction, that’s all. If he can’t handle rejection he’s in the wrong business.

    Post # 14
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    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    I’d be more worried that you don’t ‘click’. Keep looking.

     

    Good luck!

    Post # 15
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    6544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    The first look thing isn’t that big of a deal. Like a previous poster said, it’s not rocket science, although I do put quite a bit of thought into the first look for my clients.

    I’d be more concerened that you don’t “click” with him. You spend most of your day with the photographer, it’s important you like them. I always tell my clients that they’ll see me more than anyone on their wedding day, and it’s important to have a great realtionship. 

    Post # 16
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    1747 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Definitely keep looking. Don’t sacrifice the quality of your pictures (both in what he is capable of doing and how you mesh with him on the day of) for a good price. You can save money in other ways.

     

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