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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.

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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

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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.

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Originally Posted by kacie3344 View Post
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

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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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