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Old 07-18-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default Budget wedding photographers..I Need one.

My Fiance and I are getting married Sept.3 and still need to find a photographer.

If anyone knows of someone who takes nice, classic photos for a reasonable price, please let me know.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:14 PM   #2
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Neeper has a thread over in the CP power ring.

http://forum.calgarypuck.com/showthread.php?t=9567
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Neeper isn't what I'd consider a "budget" photographer...
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We used Joining Hearts Studio 7 years ago... Not sure if they're still "reasonably priced" but back then they were the best deal and we got to keep the negatives (amazing that there weren't DSLR's around)
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:58 PM   #5
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:09 PM   #6
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http://abigaildavid.com

Abby's a friend of mine, and a very good photographer to boot. Check out her site or give her a call.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:32 PM   #7
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The best way to get a good deal and quality is to try to find an ACAD photo student. They are usually pretty good (and considering they are taking part in a serious 4 year degree, will mostly likely be better than most wedding photographers anyway), but are not charging professional prices just yet. Get em while they don't know what they're worth.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:47 PM   #8
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The best way to get a good deal and quality is to try to find an ACAD photo student. They are usually pretty good (and considering they are taking part in a serious 4 year degree, will mostly likely be better than most wedding photographers anyway), but are not charging professional prices just yet. Get em while they don't know what they're worth.
Chances are they won't be better than most wedding photographers. Maybe most people that call themselves wedding photographers, but definitely not better than most people who actually do it for a living.
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Chances are they won't be better than most wedding photographers. Maybe most people that call themselves wedding photographers, but definitely not better than most people who actually do it for a living.
I just went through the whole process of finding a wedding photographer, and it was ridiculous how much crap I ran across (and I say this as an Art Director who works with photographers and creatives for a living...). So many cheesy suburban moms and weekend warriors with terrible taste....and a lot of them charging ridiculously high prices for what you get. $5k for a book full of terrible soft-focus effects? No thanks.

Wedding photographers make great money, but aren't always the most respected in the industry, so you have to look around to find the right person.....just because someone calls themselves a pro doesn't mean they are necessarily good. A good 3rd/4th year student from ACAD will most likely have a solid trained eye regardless of what they shoot, whether they have the experience yet or not with weddings. Where they might fall short is the logistics of it all....that is something only experience brings. But that's the risk if you want to go budget.

Myself, I actually ended up going with a graphic designer acquaintance who is working his way into the industry.....he has a few weddings under his belt, has a great visual eye, and is charging 1/2 the price of most so-called professionals. I thought his work was clearly the best out of anyone else I met with. In a couple of years he will be charging quite a bit more....but right now, he's mostly running on talent and ambition. If affordability is what the OP is looking for, I would look into something similar.
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Sell your left kidney and get Neeper. My family and friends still rave about his work.

Honestly, this is going to serve as your reminder of your big day in the future and you should not cheap out on this.
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I just went through the whole process of finding a wedding photographer, and it was ridiculous how much crap I ran across (and I say this as an Art Director who works with photographers and creatives for a living...). So many cheesy suburban moms and weekend warriors with terrible taste....and a lot of them charging ridiculously high prices for what you get. $5k for a book full of terrible soft-focus effects? No thanks.

Wedding photographers make great money, but aren't always the most respected in the industry, so you have to look around to find the right person.....just because someone calls themselves a pro doesn't mean they are necessarily good. A good 3rd/4th year student from ACAD will most likely have a solid trained eye regardless of what they shoot, whether they have the experience yet or not with weddings. Where they might fall short is the logistics of it all....that is something only experience brings. But that's the risk if you want to go budget.

Myself, I actually ended up going with a graphic designer acquaintance who is working his way into the industry.....he has a few weddings under his belt, has a great visual eye, and is charging 1/2 the price of most so-called professionals. I thought his work was clearly the best out of anyone else I met with. In a couple of years he will be charging quite a bit more....but right now, he's mostly running on talent and ambition. If affordability is what the OP is looking for, I would look into something similar.
Fair enough. I mostly just assume that somebody who claims to be a pro, would actually have the skills and conduct business like one but I haven't looked extensively for photographers so I wouldn't really know. You touched on what I was getting at with the logistics, but I suppose that doesn't have to be the be-all-end-all.
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Sell your left kidney and get Neeper. My family and friends still rave about his work.

Honestly, this is going to serve as your reminder of your big day in the future and you should not cheap out on this.
Neeper is awesome. We just had him out to shoot our wedding near Vernon last weekend. His creativity, enthusiasm, and attention to detail produces some great work. Haven't seen the wedding photos yet but the guestbook he produced from the engagement shoot was top notch.
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I just went through the whole process of finding a wedding photographer, and it was ridiculous how much crap I ran across (and I say this as an Art Director who works with photographers and creatives for a living...). So many cheesy suburban moms and weekend warriors with terrible taste....and a lot of them charging ridiculously high prices for what you get. $5k for a book full of terrible soft-focus effects? No thanks.

Wedding photographers make great money, but aren't always the most respected in the industry, so you have to look around to find the right person.....just because someone calls themselves a pro doesn't mean they are necessarily good. A good 3rd/4th year student from ACAD will most likely have a solid trained eye regardless of what they shoot, whether they have the experience yet or not with weddings. Where they might fall short is the logistics of it all....that is something only experience brings. But that's the risk if you want to go budget.

Myself, I actually ended up going with a graphic designer acquaintance who is working his way into the industry.....he has a few weddings under his belt, has a great visual eye, and is charging 1/2 the price of most so-called professionals. I thought his work was clearly the best out of anyone else I met with. In a couple of years he will be charging quite a bit more....but right now, he's mostly running on talent and ambition. If affordability is what the OP is looking for, I would look into something similar.
Great feedback and insight! Do you by chance have a way i may contact this person or could you maybe PM an idea of what they charged you and a glimpse of what they are capapble of?
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Thanks for all the info everyone. Those who PM'd me, I will get back to shortly.

Please keep the recommendations coming!
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Along with some of the other advice, I'd suggest asking the person you are interested in choosing to show you some of their previous wedding work. If you like what you see, and what 'that style' of picture set, then you are all set. If you see their previous work and don't like it...you probably won't like what they will do for you.
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Great feedback and insight! Do you by chance have a way i may contact this person or could you maybe PM an idea of what they charged you and a glimpse of what they are capapble of?
Unfortunately, unless you're holding your wedding in the NYC area, I'm not sure he would be of much help to you.
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http://abigaildavid.com

Abby's a friend of mine, and a very good photographer to boot. Check out her site or give her a call.
My fiancÚ and I hired them for my wedding in June next year. I'm really impressed with their photos and the price considering the talent her and Dave have.

They were really great to meet as well. My fiancÚ and I are excited to work with them.
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Sell your left kidney and get Neeper. My family and friends still rave about his work.

Honestly, this is going to serve as your reminder of your big day in the future and you should not cheap out on this.
We just had Neeper shoot our family and the shots turned out much better than we anticipated. He's worth looking into if nothing else.
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We tried to save money on a photographer for our wedding. We got a friend's friend who does this kind of thing on weekends to follow us around at the ceremony and the reception. In between the ceremony and the reception, we splurged for a real photographer and booked time in his studio because we wanted a backup plan in case of inclement weather.

All we have now are those studio pictures. The other photographer f##ked up the other pictures. The negatives were over exposed and otherwise ruined to the point that every place we took them to to be developed told us it was hopeless. To top it off, the guy claimed he had a half dozen rolls of unspoiled pictures that he would give us for an additional price. He held our GD wedding photos hostage!

In the end, I firmly believe you get what you pay for. You need to do your homework when picking a photographer. If you're prepared to cut corners and can live with the possibility of not having great photos of your wedding, then by all means take a chance and hire a "budget" photographer.
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http://www.perspectiveye.com/

Gabe is a great guy and does some amazing work.
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