Post # 1
OK – we are stumped – our wedding coordinator at the Four Seasons recommended 2 photographers based on the style of our wedding and we have met them both. They are both personable and in the same price range. They are BOTH extremely talented. We think one does better at capturing the photojournalism and one does better with the formal work. One is more down to earth, the other does better post processing. One is slightly more expensive but the book is amazing.
We are truly at a loss – we cannot hire both of them 🙂 and we want to go ahead and make the decision by the end of today. We stayed up together waaaaaaaaaay to late last night with both websites up and could not make a decision.
So I figured I would throw both of their websites out there and see if just based on the work if the Hive has a preference
Post # 3
@unixfairy: J+J wedding images seem “dull” to me, lacking pop. Also, I had to go pages on their blog before I found a wedding, seems like they focus more on family portraits.
I like Elegantimages better, but you have to like what you are getting, I would make sure you see REAL recent work, not just go by their website images. Also, meet them both and see who you click with better.
Post # 4
@USER876: 🙂 Thanks we have met with both of them and have clicked with both – I am going to feel awful when I have to tell one of them no. I have been so decisive on everything else – not sure why I cannot decide on this one 🙂
Post # 5
I think J+J is much better at lighting and technical skills. I can do with less of the editing fluff but that is just me. Over all they definitely know how to use the light to their advantage as well as creating light when they need it. They like to capture details and are good at posed shots but also great at capturing real moments.
Elegant Images on the other hand looks like they only use natural light and in some photos it really shows they needed to create some extra light in order to highlight the subject. When they do, it’s direct flash and doesn’t look that great. They are good at capturing moments but their posing is lacking a bit. Also they WAY overdo the blur tool in their editing and their editing seems all over the place.
But of course this is just my opinion. Good luck!!
Post # 6
Elegant Images’ post processing is a little much for me. Way too much soft blur, and the lighting is not all that great in many of them – and that’s the best of the best for them! I’d go with J&J. Make sure you get to see an entire wedding or 2’s galleries before signing the contract. It’s really important to see how they capture an entire event instead of just their picks for top photos in their portfolio.
Post # 7
@crayfish: are you commenting on their website pics or blog pics? I only looked at their blog pics and had a opposite impression.
EDIT: I went back and looked at elegant’s websize gallery….holy moly, you are right….less than ideal pics. I did think the first wedding on their blog was well shot (much better than the website pics). I tend to skip the website’s and go right to the blogs which show recent work.
I still don’t see much attraction on J+J, the images look flat to me, even on their website.
Post # 8
Are you planning on getting a lot of prints or several books? Is their pricing and quality on those comparable? I found that even when the “time” price was comparable, there were vast differences in pricing and quality for books and prints. 🙂
Post # 9
elegant images has way too much post-processing imo. i would go with j&j.
Post # 10
I prefered elegant images. Like a PP said, J&J’s photos looked flat. I just didn’t get the sense of emotion from their pictures like I did from Elegant Images.
Post # 11
Go with J&J. They are way better at composition.
Post # 12
+1 to JJ -Photos demonstrate greater skills with composition and content.
Elegant Images is nice. I think the blog is waaaaaaay better that the portfolio. But the quality of photos seem to deteriorate when lighting conditions are rough (some nice flash work in there though).
Let us know who you choose and why!
Post # 13
+1 to choosing J&J if you go with one of these. Elegant has all kinds of issues with focus and grain that they try to cover up with a lot of post processing. I don’t particularly love either choice though :/ Maybe keep looking for one that really blows both of these out of the water? Have you looked at any California-based photogs? There are a lot of really amazing folks out there.
Post # 14
Hands down, J and J. Good luck with the decision!
Post # 15
One thing you might want to do is ask each photographer for a list of previous clients that you could contact. It’s always nice to find out from “real people” what their thoughts were on service, timelines, products, etc.
Post # 16
Thank you all for your valuable input, it really did help.
I know some of you do not like the style of either photographer. We are not looking for something very edgy. We are having a very vintage feel to the ceremony so the softer focus, lighting and grainier photography style is what attracted me to both and why they were recommended. I am comfortable with their style, but know that it is subjective. They also work extensively at our venue so they know it inside and out. I like that aspect as well. We wanted all the professionals that are part of our wedding day to know each other and work well together.
In the end we ended up picking J and J. We had met her first and had made a tentative commitment when Elegant Images was able to get back in touch with us at the very last moment (it was an understandable excuse why she had dropped out of touch.) While we loved the photojournalism aspect of Elegant we think the composition while not natural is more polished in her finished products with J and J. To me my favorite images from both gave me a different reaction. Elegant images touched my heart and made me laugh, J and J took my breath away. Again not every image but my favorites.
I do have the albums from Elegant Images of her recent work and they are much better than what is on her website. I have provided that feedback.
Now the principle photographers in both are friends. We did check and see if they would team up for us but that was not going to happen. I am happy to have this decision behind me and grateful to all of your comments and suggestions 🙂