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Wedding Photographers love/hate
April 22, 2014
4:25 pm
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Sister Monica Joan
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Well I'm definitely adding my starting price in. Thanks for the feedback hamcats!

April 22, 2014
5:02 pm
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Taco
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Not having the price range didn't deter me from contacting wedding photographers when I was looking, but for me photography was my one non-negotiable/splurge item. I had a short list of photographers I was considering even before I got engaged (not in a crazy person way — photography is a hobby of mine). None of them listed their prices but I honestly didn't find it an inconvenience to fill out a form on the website. Getting a price list after that was painless. I would be pissed if a photographer wanted an hour long meeting before disclosing prices though.

Almost none of the other vendors disclosed their prices on their website, so I didn't think it was a huge deal. 

April 23, 2014
10:44 am
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heyhihello said
Well I'm definitely adding my starting price in. Thanks for the feedback hamcats!

I'm glad you're doing that! Chiming in late on this, but when I was planning my wedding, I wouldn't call photogs who didn't even have a starting price listed because I just assumed if they're not listing the price, it must be off-puttingly high and out of my budget.

And my making contact wouldn't change that – my budget is my budget, whether the price is on your site or not. In the end, putting the price on should save everyone a little time!

April 25, 2014
1:22 am
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loriacaraveo

I like photography a lot.In photography they are different types.Online photography is a very different one it is some thing that need to be learnt well..Professional photographers are mostly preferred for all event and functions.So,that they will enhance the event well and give a new look to the happening moments by adding beauty and would edit the pictures well.They create a zone of beauty and life to it.

 

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April 25, 2014
6:39 am
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Sister Monica Joan
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So back to the original conversation, what photographers do you love or hate? I only read photo blogs when they talk about business or gear so I'm interested to see other blogs.

April 25, 2014
8:28 am
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salted caramel
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Taco said
Not having the price range didn't deter me from contacting wedding photographers when I was looking, but for me photography was my one non-negotiable/splurge item. I had a short list of photographers I was considering even before I got engaged (not in a crazy person way — photography is a hobby of mine). None of them listed their prices but I honestly didn't find it an inconvenience to fill out a form on the website. Getting a price list after that was painless. I would be pissed if a photographer wanted an hour long meeting before disclosing prices though.

Almost none of the other vendors disclosed their prices on their website, so I didn't think it was a huge deal. 

I haven't encountered the hour-long-meeting before prices, either. I guess I resigned myself to knowing we'd be spending a lot on the photographer since it's important to us, and we live in a pricy area of the country. I did appreciate that SOME photographers gave a starting point on their websites as a point of reference. It's surprisingly hard to figure out what's normal or reasonable for wedding vendors in general, especially when the prices are higher than anything else you've spent in your life.

 

The one thing I really couldn't stand about photography portfolios, as a same-sex bride, is having to dig for an example of a same-sex couple. I got to the point where, if I didn't see one by page two or three, I crossed the photographer off my list no matter how much I liked them. I don't want to have to guess if the photographer is going to be enthusiastic about my wedding or not.

 

On the subject of wedding trends we hate, I have a slew of photography related ones:

- overly blown out or overly muddy (supposedly 'vintage'?) colors

- on that subject, all 'instagram-inspired' editing. If you're destroying the image that much, I can only assume it's because you're not great at getting the shot in-camera.

- shooting everything with a low depth of field

- declaring that the photographer 'doesn't do cliche poses' but has a portfolio full of them

 

I'm a grad student studying photography though, so I have a lot of feelings on this subject shutup

April 25, 2014
4:30 pm
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Taco
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salted caramel said

Taco said
Not having the price range didn't deter me from contacting wedding photographers when I was looking, but for me photography was my one non-negotiable/splurge item. I had a short list of photographers I was considering even before I got engaged (not in a crazy person way — photography is a hobby of mine). None of them listed their prices but I honestly didn't find it an inconvenience to fill out a form on the website. Getting a price list after that was painless. I would be pissed if a photographer wanted an hour long meeting before disclosing prices though.

Almost none of the other vendors disclosed their prices on their website, so I didn't think it was a huge deal. 

I haven't encountered the hour-long-meeting before prices, either. I guess I resigned myself to knowing we'd be spending a lot on the photographer since it's important to us, and we live in a pricy area of the country. I did appreciate that SOME photographers gave a starting point on their websites as a point of reference. It's surprisingly hard to figure out what's normal or reasonable for wedding vendors in general, especially when the prices are higher than anything else you've spent in your life.

 

The one thing I really couldn't stand about photography portfolios, as a same-sex bride, is having to dig for an example of a same-sex couple. I got to the point where, if I didn't see one by page two or three, I crossed the photographer off my list no matter how much I liked them. I don't want to have to guess if the photographer is going to be enthusiastic about my wedding or not.

 

On the subject of wedding trends we hate, I have a slew of photography related ones:

- overly blown out or overly muddy (supposedly 'vintage'?) colors

- on that subject, all 'instagram-inspired' editing. If you're destroying the image that much, I can only assume it's because you're not great at getting the shot in-camera.

- shooting everything with a low depth of field

- declaring that the photographer 'doesn't do cliche poses' but has a portfolio full of them

 

I'm a grad student studying photography though, so I have a lot of feelings on this subject shutup

If I see another photographer using vscocam presets for editing (claiming it gives that "film" look), I'm going to scream! There are only a few that do it well, the rest just look like crap.

 

I ended up going with an actual film photographer. It's costing a lot more, but I won't get overedited crap.

April 29, 2014
7:23 pm
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Sister Monica Joan
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Anyone have any strong feelings about Jose Villa, Jasmine Star, or similarly well known photographers?

April 29, 2014
10:42 pm
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heyhihello said
Anyone have any strong feelings about Jose Villa, Jasmine Star, or similarly well known photographers?

I think Jose Villa is amazingly talented and would kill for him to do my wedding but he starts at 12K, so I ended up going with a photog that studied under him.

I think Jasmine start is not necessarily a great photographer, but she's a great business woman. Her photography business is a well-oiled machine.

April 30, 2014
10:05 am
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salted caramel said

 

The one thing I really couldn't stand about photography portfolios, as a same-sex bride, is having to dig for an example of a same-sex couple. I got to the point where, if I didn't see one by page two or three, I crossed the photographer off my list no matter how much I liked them. I don't want to have to guess if the photographer is going to be enthusiastic about my wedding or not.

 

Not trying to be a jerk, but is this really necessary? Maybe they would love to shoot a same-sex wedding, but they haven't had the chance to yet. This is like when I see "entry level" job openings requiring one year of experience…how is a photographer ever going to get same sex wedding photos in his portfolio if no same sex couple hires him (and they didn't hire him because he didn't have the photos in his portfolio)? This is where I would think meeting with the photographer in person would be really helpful.

April 30, 2014
12:11 pm
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Sister Monica Joan
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the said

heyhihello said
Anyone have any strong feelings about Jose Villa, Jasmine Star, or similarly well known photographers?

I think Jose Villa is amazingly talented and would kill for him to do my wedding but he starts at 12K, so I ended up going with a photog that studied under him.

I think Jasmine start is not necessarily a great photographer, but she's a great business woman. Her photography business is a well-oiled machine.

Did the dude that studied under him also shoot film? I would love to be able to work with him and see his process.

April 30, 2014
5:37 pm
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salted caramel
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KatieK said

salted caramel said

 

The one thing I really couldn't stand about photography portfolios, as a same-sex bride, is having to dig for an example of a same-sex couple. I got to the point where, if I didn't see one by page two or three, I crossed the photographer off my list no matter how much I liked them. I don't want to have to guess if the photographer is going to be enthusiastic about my wedding or not.

 

Not trying to be a jerk, but is this really necessary? Maybe they would love to shoot a same-sex wedding, but they haven't had the chance to yet. This is like when I see "entry level" job openings requiring one year of experience…how is a photographer ever going to get same sex wedding photos in his portfolio if no same sex couple hires him (and they didn't hire him because he didn't have the photos in his portfolio)? This is where I would think meeting with the photographer in person would be really helpful.

I started writing a snarky comment and deleted it, because I think this is a subject worth actually addressing.

Even though I'm out, my fiancee is out, and we're very much accepted by our families, it's amazing how much of our wedding planning process has been outing ourselves, over and over again, to every new vendor we approach. Wedding planning is stressful enough, and I feel like I'm continually holding my breath that the florist/the random person on the train who compliments my engagement ring/some distant family member is going to make their opinion about gay marriage known to me, subtly or otherwise, and my skin just isn't that thick.

There is no way I'm going to take time out of my day to meet with a photographer, sit down with them over a cup of coffee, and ask them, "Hey, this is a gay wedding. Is that cool with you?" Because maybe it isn't. And what then? How do you tell someone to their face that you think their relationship is fundamentally wrong? And how are you supposed to listen to someone say that to you?

For context, we're getting married in Boston, and since photography is a priority for us, we were looking only at established photographers with well-developed portfolios. I don't think there's any excuse for the number of all-straight (and, for that matter, extremely white) portfolios I looked at. For a photographer in a state without marriage equality, that's one thing. But not in MA, where it's been legal for a decade now.

If a photographer really wants to start working with queer couples, it's not hard to show a commitment to doing so. Do a just-for-fun couple's shoot with a queer couple you know, or if you don't know anyone, put a call out on your blog. Say explicitly that you're wanting to start shooting LGBT weddings, and you're willing to give a discount to the first queer couple you shoot. I mean– how does any new photographer build their portfolio? 

 

Anyway, hijacked

Maybe we should start an LGBT thread in Bridal Hams?

April 30, 2014
7:35 pm
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KatieK said

salted caramel said

 

The one thing I really couldn't stand about photography portfolios, as a same-sex bride, is having to dig for an example of a same-sex couple. I got to the point where, if I didn't see one by page two or three, I crossed the photographer off my list no matter how much I liked them. I don't want to have to guess if the photographer is going to be enthusiastic about my wedding or not.

 

Not trying to be a jerk, but is this really necessary? Maybe they would love to shoot a same-sex wedding, but they haven't had the chance to yet. This is like when I see "entry level" job openings requiring one year of experience…how is a photographer ever going to get same sex wedding photos in his portfolio if no same sex couple hires him (and they didn't hire him because he didn't have the photos in his portfolio)? This is where I would think meeting with the photographer in person would be really helpful.

I x2 what salted caramel said above. I had the same problem when I was looking for a photographer. I'm a Caucasian woman engaged to a South Asian man, and I got really tired of looking at endless pictures of traditional Western weddings. I live in a VERY diverse city and I was surprised by how many photographers didn't have experience shooting Indian weddings (or who chose not to include those samples in their portfolios). Since Indian ceremonies are very long and complex, it was important to me to hire a photographer who would understand what was going on – and I don't want someone "learning as they go" on my wedding photos! I imagine this is less of an issue for LGBTQ couples if they follow the Western wedding model, but I thought I'd add my 2 cents anyway :-).



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