I logically don't want to spend more than I'm spending on my venue for a photographer. It just seems like that's fair for a budget.
But every time I try to find a photographer that fits in my budget, even if I like 1-2 pictures, when I see a whole wedding I end up disliking their work. It doesn't capture the same emotions, people don't look as good in the pictures, like they're caught in an awkward moment between expressions or movements. The pictures are not framed correctly, the lighting is off and not flattering, and the poses look awkward and unnatural. Family portraits look stiff and unflattering. It just looks like the weddings are cheaper or not as much fun.
But when I look at photographers outside my budget, I love everything about it. The pictures look fun and spunky, the lighting is flattering and interesting, the expressions full of emotion and personality. The angles of the photos are interesting and dynamic, and the pictures capture amazing moments with interesting perspectives.
Am I losing my mind and this is a figment of my imagination??? Or am I just experiencing buyers envy that this is out of my budget? Is it worth cutting into my honeymoon budget to bump up my photography budget by nearly $2000 to get a photographer that I am truly excited about???