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#1 Fel

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 03:45 PM

Hi everyone,
I'm desperately after some help. My weddng is 7 months away (October 9) and we haven't hired a photographer yet. This wouldn't be so big a problem except for the fact that my FH is pre-occupied with getting his business venture up and running and I'm at Uni so neither of us have a lot of time to run around. Plus, in 4 weeks I'll be going to NY and the UK and by the time I get back it will be the end of April so I really feel we need to hire someone before I leave.
I've emailed and spoken to plenty of places, but most of their prices are way out of our price bracket (we were hoping for something around the $1500 or under mark). I know they say you get what you pay for, but I think it sucks that you have to be stuck with an inferior product just because you simply can't afford to pay more!
Anyways, I am in Sydney and I have a couple of places in mind, but after having heard so many horror stories I'm paranoid about getting shafted - esp after neither of those are places are members of the ABIA or AIPP. They may be perfectly fine, but I don't know whether I should risk it. But there's just so many places out there, and, again, neither of us have time to go running around to photographer after photographer checking out their work (which I know you should do). And neither of my Bridesmaids are in Australia so they can't help.
I'm not even sure what sort of help I'm asking for but if anyone has any advice for me please share - can I benefit from the wisdom of your collective experience?
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Posted 08 March 2004 - 03:50 PM

I'm sure you should be able to find someone that will charge less than $1500, esp. if you are not wanting them for the whole day?!

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 06:47 PM

dont worry, have you been to any bridal expos? thats where we found ours and their is always around 5-6 photographers at these expos... and always ask about the packages because they may not always advertise all the packages they have to offer. where abouts in sydney are you? there is a little photography shop in high street, penrith that has very resonable prices (i found them after i had booked mine and paid a deposit) and the work looked really good. hope this helps xx
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Posted 08 March 2004 - 08:44 PM

Leisure Photography

They advertise on I-Do so it's okay.

Myself plus a couple of "old" members of the forums have used them.. and I can't recommend them highly enough. Talk to Sue, she's fabulous and their packages are SO reasonable, plus you get to keep the negatives!!!

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 08:40 AM

I live in Sydney, but I cannot help because we are spending over $4000 on our photographer. I can tell you though that when my sister got married she paid $600 and she told me when we were looking that she regrets scrimping on this area as she now realises her photographer was not good and basically the photos are all you have to remind you of the day.
Can you scrimp in other areas and perhaps budget a little bit more for the photos? I doubt you would live to regret it.
But make sure you look at a recent album taken by the photographer as some of the places we went to showed us albums of combined weddings - they could have showed us all their best shots and left all the scabby ones out!!
We looked at about 6 photographers before we booked and make sure you get a contract.
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Posted 09 March 2004 - 09:28 AM

Hi Fel,

There is a bridal Expo this Sunday (14th) at the Epping Club. It is free too....you might hav eto book....just do a google search on the Epping Club.
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#7 Fel

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Posted 09 March 2004 - 09:33 AM

Hi everyone,
Thanks for all your help.
Mrs L, the problem we're having is that we do want full coverage - I guess we don't see the point of having a photographer if he or she isn't going to be there for the whole day.
I did some more searching yesterday and came up with a few names: Ace Photography and Diamond Photography (If anyone knows anything about these two (good or bad) PLEASE email or message me). We're leaning towards the latter simply because the guy I spoke to on the phone seemed less pushy, but they make you pay for the negatives and I'd rather they were included. Could this be a negotiating point? There's also a really nice lady who's just starting out and I'd love to give her a go, but as ICan'tWait said these are important and we're just not sure whether to risk it.
I did check out Leisure Photography and they seem pretty good - a smidgeon more expensive than the others, and shorter coverage time, but negatives are included. I guess it's a matter of weighing up one over the others and working out what's the best value in the end.
Anyways, thanks again.
Fel




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Posted 09 March 2004 - 09:54 AM

Hi again,
Sorry if my last message broke any rules of the forum - I just checked the rules and I noticed that I shouldn't have mentioned company names or particulars. Sorry about that everybody
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