I'm almost too embarrassed to write another photography post....but here's the update: the photographer I blogged about a few posts ago - W. Scott Chester Photography - booked our date a few weeks ago. I was totally devastated. Especially since when they got booked I was awaiting some answers from them on some questions I had sent - as soon as I heard back on those questions, as long as everything worked out, I as planning to book them. So yeah....that sucked. Bad. I guess there must be some other photographer out there for me then, right?!?
I've found two photographers that I'm closely considering. Number 1 is an associate photographer from the Our Labor of Love team. She seems pretty cool and she's been shooting weddings for awhile - although, she is just an associate photographer. Her pictures look good and i totally think she'd be capable of capturing the day and giving us some quality images. BUT...from looking through her "full wedding galleries" I can definitely tell that she's an associate photographer - just because there's some room for improvement. I mean she certainly gets some great shots, but there's also a lot of "filler" - know what i mean? Stuff that could just be tossed. Now, on there other hand Number 2 is a husband and wife team by the name of McLellan Studio and they are absolutely great. The photos are amazing. Their full wedding galleries are super impressive. They spend countless hours editing every single one of their photos to bring them to their fullest potential. They describe their style as chic, dramatic and edgy - to sum it up it's fine art photography and they're badass.
That brings us to the dilemma - They are both about the same price-wise, BUT what you get for that price is totally different. On Number 1 you get the disc of images (basic editing), a 9x12 or 10x10 30 page album, 8 hours of shooting time, travel included and the print prices are typical ($10 for 4x6 and it goes up from there respectively). With Number 2 you get 7 hours of shooting time, an engagement session (good time to get to know the photographer before the wedding!) and all images "artfully edited" - but you don't get the disc of images...you have to purchase that if you want it and it's super expensive. Also, their print prices are a good deal more ($25 for a 4x6). On the plus side...all of their albums are custom made - in other words there's no template or no limit of choices you have on which album you get. They create it from the ground up just for you. Also - you have NO TIME LIMIT for ordering your pictures or your albums. If in 5 years Mark and I decide we want to order an album then we can order it then. Same for prints. They also have a "gift registry" for the pictures so people can purchase like a $50 gift certificate (basically) for you from the photographer and we could put that towards whatever we wanted - prints, album, disc of images...whatever. The gift registry is through the personal website that they'll create for our online image gallery.
So...obviously with Number 1 I'll get very good photography, an album and a disc of images that i can print from whenever I'd like. With Number 2 I'll get awesome photography and unlimited time to order products, but no physical pieces upfront.
What's a girl to do?!?
Also - I've been told I'm being compulsive (by my mother and my fiance), and i know i probably am...but this is super important. I know to some people it's just wedding photography, but i can be quite sentimental (my zodiac sign is Cancer afterall!) and i really do think it will be one of the most valuable things to me that i will own and something that we can pass down in our family for a long time. As far as Mark's opinion - he agrees with me on the quality of Number 2 and thinks either one is way too much money to spend (and in theory i agree - unfortunately that's just what photographers cost and there's no getting around that). Other than that insight he doesn't have much to say on the subject - although he did say to just book the one i like. Uhhh...help? Opinions? Suggestions? Advice?