Don't Hire These Photographers!

August 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Wedding photographers come in all shapes and sizes with price packages big and small.  Depending on your budget and personal preferences, here are eight types to choose from (can you guess which are the ones you need to stay away from?):

TYPE DESCRIPTION PROS CONS PRICE
Boutique Wedding Photographer A company that focuses on wedding photography Can include a team of professional wedding photographers with an in-house production team Much more expensive than other photographers $$$$
Full-Time Professional Wedding Photographer A small business owner who shoots 15 - 30 weddings per year Professional work for professional prices Professional work for professional prices $$$
Weekend Warrior A photographer with an unrelated full-time day job who shoots primarily on weekends May shoot as many weddings as a full-time professional Slower post-production time and more limited resources $$$
Professional Photographer (non-wedding) Often a landscape, product, travel, fashion, or commercial photographer Less expensive than a wedding photographer, but has editing experience Experience may not be transferrable to weddings $$$
Film Fanatic A photographer who shoots only film Expect a classic and traditional style with great references Photo poses can look old fashioned and dated $$$
Shoot & Burn (Spray & Pray) Day-of photographer who sends raw footage straight after the wedding Fast Results 100% unedited and may contain many shots which are unusable $$
Aspiring Amateur A non-professional  photographer, often a student, who wants to become a professional May know the latest techniques and trends Lacks experience and usually has very limited equipment $
Family Friend A hobbyist with a good camera Free No experience and probably more interested in partying than in photography  

Now, which ones should you stay away from? Well, there are a few things to consider

  • How important are your wedding photos to you?
  • How experienced are you in photo editing?
  • What products do you want to be included with your photos?

Most people plan on being married only once so these are the pictures that should last a lifetime. They tell the story of your love to your future generations and they do not deserve to hide away in a closet because the photographer wasn't very good.  If it were me and my wedding, you better believe those photos are vital to me. I'll never be that young and beautiful again and I want people to remember the happiest moment of my life. I would not trust these moments to:

  1. A Family Friend (As much as I love my family and friends, I want this moment to be captured by a trusted professional)
  2. Shoot & Burn (You'll pay for hundreds, maybe thousands of photos and you'll only be able to salvage 10 or 15 good or mediocre pictures)
  3. Non-wedding Professional (While the photos will be technically perfect, you'll be surprised how many of those once-in-a-lifetime moments were completely missed)

Getting married? Hire the right professional wedding photographer! Call me for your FREE quote and LOVE your wedding photos! 908-229-1694

 

 


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