Friday, March 14, 2008

Picture This

I'm on the photographer/videographer hunt now. Although I'm still looking, there are 2 photographers whose online portfolios have caught my eye. The first one offers above average quality and a good dose of creativity. It's a great bang for the buck, too, relative to other packages I've seen. We could get engagement and bridal sessions, 8 hours of wedding day coverage, custom 40 page album, and 3 parent albums all within budget. Then, I came across some beautiful pictures, popped right off the screen! The colors are definitely more vibrant and there's more creativity (a lot less posed)---though they both consider themselves photojournalistic. They offer a package inclusive of videography and photography that comes in $600 above budget and only gets us a 24 page album and digital negatives.

So, we're thinking perhaps we could use them for just the engagement session. It's the sensible thing to do I'm sure, but I wish I hadn't seen their site! Wondering if I'll regret not spending more for better pix....
We've actually allotted a nice fraction of the budget toward photography, so we're not trying to skimp on it. I've read skimping on photos is a common regret from brides. It's a question of upgrading or not.

I originally hadn't intended on hiring a videographer, but my mother shared that it's one of the things she wished she would've included in her day. So, I'm game for a basic edited video. After all, there are parts of the ceremony that the bride doesn't get to see that would be nice to see in motion later on. On tours, I have seen a lot of sites have installed surveillance style cameras for the bride to view the goings-on while she's in her suite. Nice touch.

So, what are your feelings about top of the line photography vs. above average quality?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, on one hand I think you will love your wedding shots no matter who you chose. I am sure there will be those few brilliant shots you will love and treasure and it won't matter what quality the other ~500 photos are like. The question is do you have something better to spend your money on or would you rather forego the favors or a designer veil and get that one photographer. I am spending 70% of our wedding budget on the venue, food, and open bar and only a very small amount on a fairly inexperienced photographer with a good eye. I am sure she will be able to take those 20 shots that really matter and I couldn't care less if the other 500 include some less than brilliant work.

Friday, March 14, 2008 9:08:00 AM  
Blogger dawn3793 said...

Would you be so inclined to share the names of the people you are looking at? I am having the *worst* time finding photographers I like that aren't a bazillion dollars! I promise I won't book them from under you. :-)

Friday, March 14, 2008 1:27:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Stone Mountain said...

Good point on areas to save. There will probably be those few faves in any case.

No prob...The photographers are A Ceelebration for Two Tina Hughes Photography and Visual Statements Photography and Videography.

Friday, March 14, 2008 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm spending 30% of my budget on photography. I'm a photo snob. My degree is in fine art photo so when we decided to get married? Ya, if I didn't get a great photographer, I would be so upset.
My view? Who cares if you have a picnic or 20 year old fish eggs. No one will remember in 6 months what veil you wore.
But you will have those pics forever. So 5,000 for a photographer? So worth it.

Monday, March 17, 2008 7:49:00 PM  

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