Wedding Photographers

Hey everyone, I just wanted to start a discussion about people's experiences with wedding photographers.

Some people have had a great experience with them, and they've made that special day even better, but I've also seen some people have a nightmare-ish experience with them as well. It's the latter I want to make sure I avoid, so I'm trying to cover my bases and work out solutions for most problems that could occur, before they actually do.

This has been quite tricky though. I've searched online for articles that might be able to help (this one's been quite helpful: http://ivyellenweddinginvitations.co.uk/blog/10-questions-ask-wedding-photographer/) But I've realised that the best way to get some advice is ask people who have experienced any problems first hand.

So I'm asking anyone to give me some feedback: What problems did you encounter? And what would you recommend to avoid these problems? I'd appreciate any responses, thank you!

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 10:12 am
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holly_marie_53
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I haven't had my wedding yet so I don't know if I can really help you. And I don't know where you live, but I have used Cherry Tree Photography for my senior photos and engagement photos! I just love her work. And she does lovely weddings. I've never heard of anyone complain! 

 http://www.cherrytreephotos.com/

 

 

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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 My best advice is research research research ... And meet photographers before you book them. You should feel a connection and trust them :) obviously some people have had bad experiences but most good photographers won't have much negative feedback from any of their clients. Read reviews on all different websites-pw and yelp etc 

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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 my experience was great.  i am friends with the photographer i used.  she is a professional photographer and i have seen a ton of her work.   i have been to a ton of weddings and seen nightmare photographers too.  

here is my advice:

  1. research the photographers you choose to see in person to meet with.  meet with them first to make sure your personalities mesh.  they are gonna spend all day with you on your wedding day and if you have them do your engagment photos too, then that will be all afternoon another day.  you want to make sure they arent gonna bug you to death.
  2. there are different styles of wedding photography now days.  any photographer worth their salt should find out what you like and are thinking of for your wedding.  be sure they do that kind of photography.  most weddings now days have a combo of posed photos with candid shots.  if you want a lot of fashion style photography then make sure they do that.  here is what i mean by fashion style  these are a little more artistic and require someone with someone with more than technical know how.
  3. most photographers want you to make a list of the shots you have to have.  that helps them make sure you get what you want and allows them to know about how long it is gonna take to  do the photographs.  keep in mind that the more people in the wedding party the longer it will take because usually not everyone is paying attention.  if a photographer never asks for this kind of a list or never mentions that you will need to make one, then i would run for the hills.  i have seen too many photographers who didnt require that and they spent WAY too long on photography because they didnt really have an idea of all the shots they were going to get.  
  4. you also need to know how long you will have to wait after the wedding to get your pics.  i have seen a couple wait 4 months before.  seriously.  i hated their photographer.  
  5. what does the pkg include?  are they going to create a photoalbum for you of the shots they like best?  some do.  will you get a cd with all the photos.  are you going to be able to take the cd somewhere and get prints made or is their going to be their logo on the prints.  this will mean they will have to give you any prints.  wallgreens and cvs wont make prints if a studio has their logo on the pic unless it is really old.
  6. definately find out when you are meeting with them how long they think the photography should take. i have seen a photographer take 3 and 1/2 hrs before.  same photographer as above that had no idea what all the shots where that they wanted to get.  i saw a cd that had all the pics that that photographer took, and she got at least 3 pics of every pose she had them do.  sometimes it was more.  she went through a ton of film but didnt get a ton of different shots.
  7. i highly recommend getting your pics done before the wedding.  that allows you to get a first look shot which you just wont get any other way.  it also enables the photographer some wiggle room.  if for one reason or another it takes longer than expected to get all the more formal shots it allows for a little time for the photographer to get some more romantic/candid semi directed shot of the bride and groom.  if you take longer than expected and only do photos after the ceremony you may be skipping all those great romantic shots of the two of you.
Posted on December 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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Posted on December 20, 2013 at 12:48 am
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 At my friends wedding, we did the pics after the wedding ceremony and it was a great photoshoot. Just make sure to ask for references, check out reviews of them on yelp, or get a photographer that a friend/family member can recommend.

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm
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Yes, research is HUGE here! Stalk pinterest and get a ton of inpirational photos, then hit google and find portfolios of wedding photographers in your area. I suggest you and DH sitting and planning what is most important to you in a photographer. For me, th enumber one thing I wanted were the digit rights to my photos. SOme photographers make you purchase prints from them and if you dont purcahase the prints then that's it, no photos for you. Our photographer gave us a high-res CD with all 600+ photos. We printed a canvas from her, and we're free to print our pther photos whereever and whenever we want. I also wanted someone who would shoot all day (getting ready, until the end). Our package included e-pics, which weren't so important to us, but a nice addition. 

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

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