(Closed) Calling photography gurus! Need opinion on this photographer please

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Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I wasn’t able to view the link. Is it the correct address?

 

My advice is to check out more of the photographers work rather than relying heavily on their website alone.  If they have a blog that’s a great place to start to get a feel of their latest work and style. If possible, also ask to see a sample of an online gallery of a full wedding day so you know what you’re getting.

 

I give you Kudos for taking on the task of printing your own pictures and making your own album! I got married 2.5 years ago and I also was suppose to make my own album but never got around to it while I’m busy making albums for my clients =).

 

Hope this helps.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

It’s a personal style thing, but I’m not a fan of their color style. Vintage coloring is “in” right now, but I prefer normal color looking pictures. I doubt I’ll like those vintage coloring in all my pictures after 10-20 years. Kind of what the people in the 80s did with selective coloring. I bet a bunch of them are asking themselves “What was I thinking”

 

But if you are into their style, they seem pretty good. Although that wedding shoot in the 1st page, they seem to be overexposing the dress a bit too much. All I see is white, no details.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think I’m going to die! A photography website with the price listed! Wow! I do like the modern vintage look. That’s how I want my wedding photos to look like. Their price isn’t bad either. You have plenty of time. I would follow the blog for a little bit to see what the post and how frequently.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I love the emotion that they captured, though I’m also not crazy about the color/processing. Many of the photos look a little too washed out, in my opinion. I tend to go for warmer tones. Like @wanderer, I think it’s a matter of personal preference, but I personally would want more saturated color on more of the photos. I would want their treatment on some, but not all, photos. My best advice is to go with your gut. If their photos give you an emotional reaction, then go for it, but not before looking at other options, too! Good luck making a tough decision!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think, by looking at the blog, not the website, that they are perfectly capable of doing the processing you want. A big chunk of their photos are not that vintage-style processing (and I agree that it’s going to look dated!). This photographer has a lot of variety in their posing and framing which I like, and isn’t afraid of a shallow depth of field (which, for some reason, it seems like cheaper photogs are, but it could just be that a lot of cheaper photogs don’t have the L-series ($$$$) lenses that allow for that). I like them. As long as you’d be comfortable with the processing and/or get the style you want written into the contract, yu=ou’ll be getting a good deal 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

OH WAIT

Here’s the catch-

They only give you THEIR choices of the “top” 400-600 photos. I don’t like that. For 12 hours of photography, my photog (who’s a little higher tier than this one, but still) gave us about 1,000 FULLY EDITED photos. I’m a little wary of this 400-600 from TWO shooters business. That would actually be a deal breaker for me.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

400-600 is plenty of photos. I don’t need a 5 volume encyclopedia full of images. I prefer quality over quantity ( I mean, seriously, how many images my shoes/dress do I really need. ).

I would gladly pay for 100 awesome pictures than 1000 average pictures.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s not the dress/shoes pics you’re going to worry about. It’s the little moments that may be really important to you that they catch but don’t see as important, since they are looking for the “perfect photo” and not an important moment. As someone who’s already gotten married, I am incredibly glad that I have twice as many photos as they provide. I would be devastated if I had to give back half those images – they are all really important.

Seriously. As a bride who is also a photographer and has gone through this, don’t pay $3,000 for 400 images. With two shooters, they will probably have shot close to 3,000 images in that time frame, and are only giving you 400-600. That’s a horrible number. It almost seems as though they are trying to get out of spending time editing (that you are paying them for) by throwing out 5/6 of the images off the bat.

And, my 1,000 pictures weren’t average. They were kick-ass. I didn’t pay for average 😉

You can do better for the price point.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I should say that I’m in no way a photography guru, but I know what I like. That said, I agree with everyone that you need to ask about # of photos. We got 884 photos for about 11 hours of shooting (with a 2nd shooter, too). Also, be sure you take a close look at the photos posted on the blog. In the wedding with the horse, the bride’s face and dress are really washed out. So much so, that in one of the photos, you can barely see that she’s wearing a dress! (It’s in black and white, but still….) (http://www.facephotography.ca/storage/blog-2/LM%20TTD%20Highlights%20%20009.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1287374771847)

In this one, this other bride looks a bit blank, and you can’t see the dress details: http://www.facephotography.ca/storage/blog-2/website%20%20032.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1284868198220

And in this super close-up, her eyes are gorgeous, but everything else is flat: http://www.facephotography.ca/storage/blog-2/EJ%20%20110.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1282795737867

I’d be happy to send you the link in a private message to some of my pro pix for comparison’s sake if you’d like so that you can see the style that I generally go for — just let me know.

Post # 14
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Wannabee

Hi Everyone!

We’re the girls behind FACE Photography! We just saw this blog about us and figured we should create a log-in so we could respond to some of your questions. First of all, thanks to those of you who have provided kind words and to those of you who have provided constructive criticism… we appreciate both!

Here are the answers to your questions.

  • We actually provide a minimum of 600 photos (we changed the info on our website a few weeks ago)… but we don’t leave out any important moment so most couples get between 700-800+. We haven’t had anyone complain that they didn’t get enough photos!

  • During our consultations with clients, we go through an entire wedding or two (all 800 or so pictures) so that the clients can get a realistic idea of what they can expect. We think this is extremely important and recommend that clients request this from all photographers they meet with.

  • With regards to the Modern Vintage tone, we realize that some people love it and others don’t like it much… so you get all your photos in regular colour, all in black and white and all in modern vintage. That way, if you like them, you can have them all in that tone. If not, you don’t have to even open that folder!

  • We have recently noticed that our whites look over exposed on some screens, but they look just right on ours…. so we did an experiment and printed them just to make sure. The printed versions were not over exposed at all, so we figured it was just the screens and there wasn’t much we could do about it. Our style is generally a high key look with punched out colours and very white whites (not washed out though) so it just depends on whether that suits you or not!

Feel free to check out our reviews on Wedding Wire! http://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/face-photography-toronto/3cdd704f40b1bf01.html

Post # 15
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Newbee

To kitchey for my tastes. I worry that you’ll get bad, wonkey angeled, over edited pictures with the flowers in color and you in black and white for no good reason. The person’s portfolio does not fill me with confidence that they can provide you with the best shots in your price range.

 

remember, the food gets eaten and the decorations get taken down. But you have to live with these photos for the rest of your life.

My best advice for getting good photographer is to not hire anyone under the age of 30, and who has not been in business under 10 years.

 

Post # 16
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Worker bee

@grumpyoldman: you sure are a grumpy old man.

Hate to break it to you, I’ve seen plenty of photographers over 30 in the business for 10+ years ( not sure how they are but they claim to ) with portfolios that looks like a 10 year old with a point and shoot shot them.

Age and years in the business don’t mean anything. It is a card that gets played too much, by older photographers 😛

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