Post # 1
Okay, photophile Bees, I could really use some help!
My wedding is over a year away, but I’m really trying to check things off my list early so I can lock in good prices. I’ve set my date, bought some DIY invites, and booked my venue. On my list for January is to book my photographer. I’ve been researching for two weeks, and just went to a bridal fair where I got a lot more info. I spent all night Saturday and all day Sunday sifting through price lists and looking at websites until I though my eyes were bleeding. I went to bed Sunday totally overwhelmed and uncertain how I would ever narrow it down. Today, however, I couldn’t get the same 3 photographers out of my head all day. The more I looked at their websites and facebook pages, the more I became convinced that one of these talented studios is my photographer. The problem is, I am so not qualified to make this decision. I love looking at the photo posts so I can see pretty pictures, but once Bees start commenting on white balance, ISO, and exposure, I’m totally lost. I would really appreciate some honest opinions on the quality of the following photogs’ work. Their prices are all around the same, and all under my budget, so I can’t even use price to eliminate any of them. I plan to set up appointments to meet with all of them, and obviously I can’t make any decision without getting a feel for how FI and I click with the photogs (we’re both not super comfortable in front of cameras), but I’d definitely like to see what other people think of their work before meeting them. Thanks Bees!!
#3: http://www.paperdollshouston.com/main.html (And no, we wouldn’t be doing any underwater shots ;))
Post # 3
I really like the first one. They had interesting shots and they were great at the retouches. I didn’t like the last one at all, they were really blown out although their backgrounds really popped. The second one was good, but I like the poses better of the first one.
Post # 4
I’m going to give you opinion based mainly on feel and a little on my photo experience, a lot of bees have a lot more photo experience than I do.
MiaBella- I get a very good feeling about them- looking through their gallery it seems as if they really know how to capture both “moments” and posed photos. That was extremely important to me when I chose my photographer. I wanted him to be able to know what to get while it was happening, not just pose us and then get lucky with random shots. I also like their about us section they seem very approachable. Their exposures seem really well done and the photos don’t seem over edited.
SB Images- one of the first images I saw turned me off, the bride lying on the piano, just is not- idk not something I’d want, or want my photographer being proud enough to put it in their gallery. It also appears that they like to do the typical stuff and thrive on it (photos in front of windows are very prevalent). They look like decent still photography shooters. Looking at the reception photos and seeing a lot of cake images with shadowed corners has me concerned… that’s a very simple editing trick that’s sometimes overused (IMO) The photos under “party” are not much better than some amateurs could shoot.
Looking at Paperdoll’s blog, I feel like their images are over exposed and over stylized. HOWEVER that is a big trend these days that some people love. They look they do a great job at capturing moments and have very unique artist shots (maybe sometime a little too “overposed”) They seem to be heavily edited, which I get concerned about because I think the work done while taking the image is more important than the work done after the image is taken.
It depends a lot on what you want, how well you get along with the photogs and what their packages are. If it were me, I would first talk to Miabella and then Paperdoll, I may skip SB altogether.
Post # 5
I personally like 1 or 3. 1 for a more processed look, and 3 for a more natural look. I don’t think you can go wrong with either from a photo quality standpoint. But that is not everything……
Which style do you like best? Visit them all and ask to see a few completed albums so you can get an idea of what to expect. Also, see which one you “click” with best.
Paperdoll’s images look overexposed because they are using natural light in backlit conditions (with no flash) to obtain that vintage look. This is a popular style of photography right now and is very difficult to capture correctly. I don’t view this as a negative unless you hate the style. Some photographers may not offer this because they simply lack the skills.
Post # 6
Thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate it. I’ve been making myself crazy. I just hate being indecisive.
I think I’ve been leaning towards Miabella since the very beginning, because, like Seattlemeg said, I just have a better feeling about them. They seem really sweet and down to Earth, and I think my FI and I need someone to put us at ease in front of the camera. I love their work, and of the three, they’re the cheapest. I didn’t want to get too caught up in price, because there’s not a significant price difference between them, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
I think Paperdoll’s images are stunning, but, like User876 said, that vintage look is very popular right now. I love it, but my concern is that in 5 years I’m going to think my pictures look really dated.
I finally got my FI to look at the three websites last night and he liked Paper dolls the least because he thought the artistry of a lot of the shots took away from the subjects. I hadn’t considered that before and I’m still not sure if I agree. It’s still my final decision, and he wouldn’t be upset if I decided to go with Paper dolls, but it’s definitely something to consider. I will set up meetings with both Miabella and Paperdolls and ask to see some completed albums.
Thanks again for your opinions and advice!!
Post # 7
@McVerde: Paperdolls can probably do more natural looks, it’s probably what they did before this vintage style became popular. Ask to see what they are capable of!
Post # 8
For some reason the link to paperdolls didn’t work, but of the other two, I liked Miabella better by far. They seemed to have a better grasp of color, composition, lighting…everything. The other one isn’t bad, just not fantastic.
Post # 9
Huh. Not sure why the link stopped working.
Here’s a better one: http://www.paperdollshouston.com/
And thank you!!
Post # 10
Paper Dolls Photography is nice, but I agree with the other photos that suggested that the photos are a little washed out. It’s not my favorite editing style and I think I’d still go with Miabella because overall their photos look clearer, more detailed, and more professional (even though I do like a lot of what I saw of Paper Dolls Photography’s work)
Post # 11
At this point I would interview your favorites and see who you click with. You have to spend a dozen hours or so around your photographer, so, it’s really important their personality is compatible with yours.
All the best,
Desert Ridge Photography