Firing my current photographer — Down to these 4 photographers. Which!! HELP.

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer is the best?
    Michelle March : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Jenny Haas : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Jeremiah and Rachel : (5 votes)
    33 %
    Rylee Hitchner : (6 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
    795 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Personally, I like Rylee Hitchner’s the most. I’m not sure why, though. My second choice would be Micheele March and a distant third would be Jeremy and Rachel. I don’t know a lot about photography, but I love the whimiscal romantic looks of the photographers. 

    Post # 5
    592 posts
    Busy bee

    I voted for the couple photographers. But it was really close between the last two. If it were me I’d go with the ones who made me feel most comfortable. 

    Post # 7
    592 posts
    Busy bee

    @Shockolate:  Maybe spend a little more time talking to them? Like asking them how do they set up, how they choose good places to shoot at a location, what sort of style they enjoy shooting/editing in, favorite places they have shot in previous shoots? I’m not sure if that’s helpful or not. Not sure if its even ‘polite’ to ask those questions, lol. But normally when you talk with vendors of any kind, after chatting for a while you find you have a better chemistry and comfort level around some more than others. 

    Short version: If its hard to choose between any of them, just go with who you have the best sense of familiarity with. It will have the added benefit of making your photos more comfortable and more natural too. 

    Good luck!!

    Post # 8
    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Shockolate:  They are share a really similar photographer style for the most part, so I think you could be very happy with any of them. I’m gonna give a realllllllyyyy detailed description of my opinion, if you don’t mind, as I’m in a photography class right now & my professor is urging us to do a lot of comparison writing at the moment, so bear with me please lol.

    So, my very favorite was Jeremiah & Rachel, with a close second of Rylee Hitchner.

    The reason I love Jeremiah & Rachel so much is because they do a great job of drawing color out in their photos, even when featuring wedding that mostly have a neutral palette. I also love how they take those very trendy shots with a great depth of field & lots of blurring around the edges, and they also do great decor shots at interesting angles. Plus, their black and white work is very vivid & “moody” (for lack of a better term). However, they also take a lot of classic shots, and I don’t think their work is so trendy that a couple would look back at their photos someday and regret it.

    Rylee’s work seems really similar to the couple above in my opinion. The only difference being that her photography of real weddings doesn’t feature enough decor in my opinion (& her getting ready pics are a little cliche, to be honest), and I’m not quite as fond of her angles and poses, or her black and white filter.

    In terms of why I didn’t like the other photographers as much, I felt like Michelle’s style was a little mismatched. Some of her edits were very light and ethereal, where as others from the same wedding were very classic and even a little too posed for my taste. Plus, some of her edits were just WAY too heavy in my opinion, almost to the point that they looked totally blurry (no focal point at all) or the color was too manipulated. Basically, she’s a prime example of someone who is just a little too trendy and photoshop heavy IMHO. Jenny’s photography was very pretty for the most part, but I didn’t like her decor and element shots (such as bouquet, & centerpieces) quite as much as I liked the other photographers. I also felt like some of her work lacked a bit of finesse, especially in some shots of the bride and groom. They were really classic & timeless, but I kind of prefer when the day looks so much like a fairtale that you don’t see the bride & groom’s pores, or their oily shine at the end of the night, and she didn’t always edit those imperfections out as well & the photographers above.

    Sorry about the novel I just wrote! lol



    Post # 9
    79 posts
    Worker bee

    I liked Jeremiah and Rachel and Jenny Haas. It was really hard for my computer to load up all the images for the websites, so I didn’t look that closely. I like these two because they were the only ones that had pictures that looked ‘real’. The other ones looked like they were set-up shoots and the pictures were very carefully curated to make it pinterest-worthy. I didn’t get an idea of what the wedding was like, which I feel like I should. 

    My only advice is to view a complete wedding album and see what you think when you see the entire product. Good luck!

    Post # 9
    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Shockolate:  Just wanted to point out that in each and every one of these portfolios, the photographer has the groom looking away for most of them and the bride looking at the camera. It’s crazy actually. Thanks, Pinterest, for “inspiring” everyone to do the same damn poses. 🙂 Just wanted to mention that because you said that was one of the reasons you were unhappy with your original photographer. Make sure the content of the images is what you actually want. 

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