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| p.1 #1 · Searching for photographer for wedding in June 2013 in LA, CA region |
Hi guys, my fiancee and I are looking for a photographer for our engagement and wedding on the evening of 6/22/13. It will be held at the Trump National gold course in Rancho Palos Verdes. We've met a couple potentials, but we're still undecided on exactly what to look for. Please let me explain, and hopefully you can help.
The firstphotographer we met is a young (25-27ish year old) independent photographer. No mention of her training. Her work seemed good enough (I don't have a great eye for what to look for in photography), and she seemed full of energy. Her photos seem to be more of the "fun, in the moment" type of stuff, less of the formal suit-and-tie shots. But overall, they seemed balanced. My concern with her is her age and likely lack of a lot of experience. Her packages came in a variety of prices, but the one are interested in is a shade under $4K. It seems to be pretty comprehensive and includes an engagement shoots, parent albums, and a 16 x 20" (or larger) canvas.
The second we met has been around longer. He has a large 6000 ft studio and seems to have great credentials (Master Photographer from PP of A). He's also got 3 associate photographers working for him. But of course, he's expensive and his service seems less personal. We didn't meet him; we met one of his reps to go over his work. To make things more complicated, he doesn't have convenient packages. Rather, everything is itemized and "a la carte" (there's a price per photo, etc.) That's good and bad. Good because we can choose exactly what we want and skip the things we don't, and bad because the prices can get out of control. For the equivalent to the first photographer, we'd probably be looking at >$5K. My other concern is that these guys might be too "old school" and formal for us. My fiancee and I both think the ideal situation would be to have the first photographer for the engagement shoot, and the second photographer for the wedding event itself.
What do you guys think about the different photographers? They almost seem like they're on the complete opposite sides of the spectrum (first being a young freelancer of sorts, the second being older and more experienced, and less personal). Do you have thoughts on age/experience, styles, and price? I've done a Google search about "average price" for wedding/engagement photography, and most seem to say about $3K. Would we be paying too much for $4-5K for a complete package? Thanks!