(Closed) Any Jeff Newsom Photography fans out there?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sent you a PM! Those are beautiful pics! 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MsGosling510:  

@tee22:  

I too have decided that Jeff Newsom is my spirit animal when it comes to wedding photography, but alas he is not available on my wedding date. Any suggestions for alternates?

Post # 5
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Helper bee

@MsGosling510:  he’s awesome. Don’t ask someone to try to emulate him. It will only turn out bad for both of you. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@atmospherebride:  You dodged a bullet. Dig around for reviews – there are some AWFUL ones out there about his business practices and the way he treats clients. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@mariematt:  you should really meet someone in person before you flame their business on a public forum. I met Jeff Newsom at a recent conference and he is an artist first and like many amazing artists throughout history, he’s also a bit of an introvert. He doesn’t care for the business side of what he does but he’s just so crazy talented his clients could give two less craps about that. Not all artists are cut out to deal with crazy high maintence brides or to be marketing experts. You hire him and you are truly getting a one-of-a-kind collection of fine art from your wedding. He talked at the conference about how he created some of his most famous images and i can assure you it’s stuff NO other photographer is going to come up with on a whim like he does. I think he said he used a burger king crown he left in his car to light one if his photos. I agree with the pp who said asking anyone else trying to copy his style would come out horribly.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

A lot of the bad reviews Jeff has were from when he actually came down with a very serious illness and was in and out of the hospital. My husband has taken more than one workshop with him and he is such a nice guy who does amazing stuff. I agree with the above, don’t flame someone if you don’t know the whole story. Especially someone in such a small industry.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@courtknee379:  yeah, I was going to mention that as well. He was literally bedridden at one point and his second child was born with a myriad of health issues I believe. He really is a SUPER nice guy.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@PassionatePhotoLady:  I’ve met him too, and I’ll respectfully disagree with you. 🙂 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@mariematt:  Well, clearly you didn’t get to know him very well… or maybe you have a personal beef with him for some reason. Not that I talked to him a great deal one on one, but hearing him speak was inspiring. Do you realize during those years, he literally couldn’t walk anymore? And just when he was working on regaining the ability to walk again his second child was born very ill with an extended stay in the hospital? Some people are so myopic, they just can’t see the big picture… all they see is this a**hole photographer who doesn’t respond to their emails immediately. Seriously, photographers are people too, and sometimes, gasp, there are more important things going on in their lives than WEDDING PICTURES.

I’m going to take my leave of this conversation, but I’ll leave you with one last analogy. Pope Julius II commissioned Michael Angelo to paint the Sistine Chapel blue with gold stars, and Michael Angelo had a different vision, which he insisted upon (and the Pope finally conceeded). The chapel took him five years to complete… way longer than the Pope expected or wanted. In today’s digital age, the Pope probably would have rushed to his computer to write Angelo some bad reviews… but the work is legendary no less. Generally speaking, you don’t hire any REAL artist, and then tell them how to create, and most of Jeff’s clients hire him for the ART. Anyone wanting a photographer who is going to be their BFF and let them dictate how to do their jobs, probably just shouldn’t hire Jeff.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@PassionatePhotoLady:  I hear you! I’d rather have gorgeous photos and terrible customer service, than the other way around! I’d wait 10 years to get my photos back if it meant having photos like that! Just breathtaking.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@sillygoat:  Thanks for the reccomendations, I will check them out. BTW: How funny, I just moved from DC!

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