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#1 *Casey*

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    Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:10 PM

    I'm still in the hunt for an E-Pic photographer in NYC. I have an appointment with Bella Pictures on Monday, and was just wondering if anyone has used them and what you thought. They have photogs all over the country, so I thought I would throw it out there.

    #2 rodent

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      Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:12 PM

      from what i've heard its not good. they are like a photog broker for people trying to get a start. i think its better to go straight to the photog that is a good match for you & leave out the middleman

      #3 *Casey*

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        Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:12 PM

        oh, so they don't have their OWN photographers?

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          Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:14 PM

          oh & they claim to have photographed celebrity weddings. the guy who owns it has photographed celebrity weddings, but that doesn't say anything about the quality of the photographers he is hiring. not that they would be bad, but there wouldn't be any consistancy.

          try the wpja to locate someone. then browse through their blogs & portfolios. for a wedding, make sure to see a few full weddings.

          #5 *Casey*

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            Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:15 PM

            I'm an idiot... what's wpja?

            #6 rodent

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              Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:16 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by kacie3344
              oh, so they don't have their OWN photographers?
              they do. Say someone has been doing commercial photography & they want to do weddings. They might get a job with bella to book some weddings. it looks like they are always hiring. but i think it would be hard to find out more about your actual photographer & see a portfolio.

              maybe a photographer can chime in. this is just the type of stuff ive read online. no personal experience

              #7 rodent

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                Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:18 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by kacie3344
                I'm an idiot... what's wpja?
                Association of Wedding Photojournalists - WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALISM

                not an idiot. i didnt know what it was. now i use it any time i try to help a friend find a photog

                #8 *Casey*

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                  Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:21 PM

                  Oh my gosh. What a great website! Thanks so much, Morgan, for all your help!

                  #9 rodent

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                    Posted 01 August 2008 - 12:23 PM

                    no problem. I like helping people get great pictures :)

                    #10 Evan Baines

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                      Posted 01 August 2008 - 08:03 PM

                      Bella is a big national company that seeks out local photographers who are willing to "shoot on the side" or "fill the dates they haven't booked" by shooting for them at a discount.

                      Bella has a dubious reputation among photographers for their efforts to undercut the local privately-owned studios...

                      One key factor with Bella is that last time I checked, you don't get to chose your photographer: you'll get whoever they assign you and you won't meet the shooter in advance. They might be a talented shooter moonlighting, or they might be a total hack.

                      I'd encourage you to also check out WPPI, which is the largest and most important professional organization for wedding photographers in the world.




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