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#1 FutureMrsLewis

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    Posted 28 April 2010 - 06:56 PM

    Hello ladies (and the random gentleman! lol) I've been wondering about this lately, and photographers are filling up quick, so I really need to figure this out soon.

    What's a better idea? To take a photographer from NL with us, or to get a photographer in Orlando? To bring one from here means that I have to pay for flights and accomodations, which means more money, but it also means that my photos won't have to travel in the mail and possibly get lost and I won't have to wait as long to receive them. Plus, I can be close to their studio for picking photos and such. I can find a beautiful photographer either way, but do I spend the extra money for the convenience, or should I just get one in Orlando? I can see the pros and cons for either side, and they kinda even out from where I'm standing...

    Any advice?

    #2 FutureMrsLewis

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      Posted 29 April 2010 - 06:00 PM

      Just to add to my above post, I've gotten price quotes from two Newfoundland photographers, one starts at $4300+travel for pics the day of, plus a TTD the next day, the other is charging around $1500+travel... They both came highly recommended, and the first photographer ($4300) does AMAZING work, and it's EXACTLY what I'm looking for, but I still don't know if it's better to bring a photog and pay the travel or use someone from Florida and then worry about the pictures being shipped... Decisions, decisions...

      #3 rosieposie

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        Posted 29 April 2010 - 06:07 PM

        why don't you ask browse a few of the photographers in the Orlando area and see how their work and pricing stacks up against the 2 from NL?

        it also depends on your budget.

        the knot and mywedding.com have listings of US vendors.

        you may also want to put into your budget any extras charges you may have to pay for with your NL photographer - such as flying their assistant down (if required or optional), do they require a food allowance, and does your wedding venue (disney) allow for you to bring your own photographer.

        i hope that helps a bit!

        #4 JENISE

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          Posted 29 April 2010 - 06:24 PM

          I would say do your research on both sides (which it seems you are already doing) That way, it'll be easier making an informed decision. $4300+travel seems really pricey but maybe that's just me!
          What I really wanted to say is that I TOTALLY LOVE YOU MONOGRAM. OMG, I think it's the cutest one I've ever seen and very fitting to your wedding.
          Good luck making a decision.

          #5 FutureMrsLewis

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            Posted 29 April 2010 - 08:16 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by rosieposie
            why don't you ask browse a few of the photographers in the Orlando area and see how their work and pricing stacks up against the 2 from NL?

            it also depends on your budget.

            the knot and mywedding.com have listings of US vendors.

            you may also want to put into your budget any extras charges you may have to pay for with your NL photographer - such as flying their assistant down (if required or optional), do they require a food allowance, and does your wedding venue (disney) allow for you to bring your own photographer.

            i hope that helps a bit!
            Disney does allow outside photographers, but they charge $90 for the first three hours, and $30 for every hour after that. I'm thinking if I bring my photog as a guest, I may be able to escape that one
            I would say do your research on both sides (which it seems you are already doing) That way, it'll be easier making an informed decision. $4300+travel seems really pricey but maybe that's just me!
            What I really wanted to say is that I TOTALLY LOVE YOU MONOGRAM. OMG, I think it's the cutest one I've ever seen and very fitting to your wedding.
            Good luck making a decision.
            It seems pricey to me too, but I LOVE her work so I'm folding lol And thanks, I tried to find a suitable monogram FOREVER, and finally I threw this one together one day out of desperation and it actually turned out well ^_^

            #6 rosieposie

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              Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:49 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by FutureMrsLewis
              Disney does allow outside photographers, but they charge $90 for the first three hours, and $30 for every hour after that. I'm thinking if I bring my photog as a guest, I may be able to escape that one I don't mind paying that though. Disney has their own photographers that are included in my package, but I don't want those. They take nice pictures, but not what I'm looking for... I'm too fussy lol
              for many of the mexican resorts, if your photographer is a guest, they waive any outside vendor fee, so that could work for you.

              you may be like us who found one we loved, then looked at lots of others and ended up with the first one we loved. the photographer is the person documenting the day you would have been planning for a long time, so its ok to be fussy!

              good luck!

              PS: your monogram is really cute! i love disney but my FI didn't go for it =P

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              Posted 30 April 2010 - 09:33 AM

              Honestly, I'd probably bring one. That way you can easily communicate, you can visit them in person, possibly do an engagement session, do all your in-person ordering, etc. Plus, then you have them for more than just a few hours. I would definitely go that route.

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              #8 FutureMrsLewis

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                Posted 01 May 2010 - 12:25 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by rosieposie
                for many of the mexican resorts, if your photographer is a guest, they waive any outside vendor fee, so that could work for you.

                you may be like us who found one we loved, then looked at lots of others and ended up with the first one we loved. the photographer is the person documenting the day you would have been planning for a long time, so its ok to be fussy!

                good luck!

                PS: your monogram is really cute! i love disney but my FI didn't go for it =P
                I think that's definitely going to be us... She was the first one I found, and she's pretty expensive compared to the others, but I've fallen so in love with her work that I'm willing to pay extra :) And thanks for the compliment, thankfully FI doesn't care where the wedding is and he's well aware of my Disney love! lol

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                Originally Posted by Tlseege
                Honestly, I'd probably bring one. That way you can easily communicate, you can visit them in person, possibly do an engagement session, do all your in-person ordering, etc. Plus, then you have them for more than just a few hours. I would definitely go that route.
                That's exactly what I'm thinking. It would be easier to have meetings and such before we go and lay it all out on the table in regards to what I'm looking for and the pictures we would like to have. Plus, then I can go pick up the photos when they're ready instead of having to wait for them through the mail and avoid any hassles due to possible mistakes :)

                #9 newvows21

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                  Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:54 AM

                  Hello Futuremrslewis,

                  I live in Orlando, Florida and I am planning a Mexico destination wedding this summer. I am also contemplating bringing my own photographer. I was wondering how it all worked out for you? Did you bring your own photographer? where there any added expenses?



                  #10 Pierre Violle

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                    Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:13 PM

                    Choosing the right photographer can be such a difficult decision and is such a personal choice.  The person you choose to capture your special day needs to match our style, inspire you, and connect with you.  

                     

                    Check out the WIKI Choosing Your Wedding Photographer for some insider's info and tips and hopefully it can make your decision process a little simpler.

                    Happy Planning!






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