I agree with torilynnsmith!!!
It is the case with my photographer too. I booked pictures with her for our engagement photoshoot to see how they will turn out and they turned out great. Then I booked BD photoshoot with her and it was awesome experience, also I got some family pics with my mom taken by her. I love her work, but she is just beginning and might not know some stuff. But I will provide her with pics folder haha and I am sure we will have a great time and our pics will turn great.
Originally Posted by torilynnsmith
The only thing that made we sort of wish we were getting married here!!!! How fun would it be to do a four weddings episode!! I would jsut love seeing other peoples visions come to life!!!
Alright, so I took a look at his website and here is my two cents. You have to look past an "amateur-ish" website and focus on the images, his photos and editing seem AWESOME. Yes, some pictures are more posed but you never know, maybe that bride wanted that look. You can see he has an eye for details and I am sure if you shared your "inspiration picture file" (I am sure I am not the only one who has other photography images saved to show my photog what I like) he will totally get your style and be willing to work with it.
What did you think of your engagement pictures? Would $1500 be for a week vacation? He will be paying for his wife but is she also a photographer/assistant? Would you then be getting 2 photogs for the price of one? If this is for a week will he be photographing all week long? Maybe you can negotiate he do a rehearsal or welcome dinner as well as a few hours here and there during the trip of the group outside of the wedding day. I personally think this is the largest benefit of bringing a photographer with you, you can get images from the ENTIRE week of you and your guests which make for great memories for everyone. This may not be the case but definitely something I would be discussing with him. $1500 is a great price for an aspiring photographer who has the right vision. Everyone has to start somewhere and you could be the lucky bride to get in on the ground floor.
A friend of mine is getting married next summer and she just booked her photographer, an aspiring part-time photographer who has done a ton of shoots here and there but due to a full-time job does not have the time to market herself the same way a FT photog would. They did an engagement shoot to see what they thought before booking. She had over 400 images for them to choose from on a website that they could download print etc from. They were ALL edited and FANTASTIC! For their engagement session it was $200 all in! She is able to work within their wedding budget and they know they will have SO many images to choose from and they like her style. This is just a great example of finding someone who is GREAT and their prices have yet to be inflated. Take advantage of it if you can as long as you are comfortable with their work!
I am kicking myself for not booking our friends photog (she is actually a friend of mine's sister) based on the fact she didnt have a lot of work to look at. We are very excited about our photographer but due to her experience and body of work we are paying the price for it.
Go with your gut, but my opinion is his work looks great!
(maybe a little more than 2 cents...oops!)