(Closed) My NEVERENDING photog search!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I know how hard it can be but just follow your heart! Jose Villa is just amazing! Nobody in the industry today can be on top while he is here! We used the same lab in L.A — we are those who still thinks film is superior to digital! 🙂 no offense..

I do have guys here that you should check.. send me an email or better yet, check Richard Photo Lab website and look up on their fave photographers..

I could also recommend, Jon Canlas, Leo Patrone, Susan Dean.. all great film photographers..

-Ian

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hey, I sent you a PM with the name of someone. I didn’t want to post it on the board because I gave you my name as a reference. I truly think he is amazing though!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

P.S. Ian, I’m sorry, but I looked through Jose Villa’s stuff and I just don’t think he is as good as Jared Wilson 😛

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

We have our opinions! 🙂

-Ian

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Browse through here and see if anyone catches your eye:

http://www.projectwedding.com/vendor/search/southern_california/photography

http://www.mylosangeleswedding.com/losangeles/photographers/

While I personally am not into the vintage look as far as photography is concerned, I did think that Jason Tran and Kristen Klemens had great pictures that seem to be in that style. Also check into photographers you like in other areas of the country and see if they are willing to come to you. It may work out to be cheaper that way, even with providing their airfare and accommodations.

I completely agree with you that finding a photographer is quite an ordeal because photos are so important and each photographer has their own style, just like each couple has their own style preferences.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I love the vintage look and I have another possible suggestion, have you looked nationally for someone?  It may be cheaper for you to fly someone in from another area that isn’t as expensive but has the same vibe you’re looking for…

Check this guy out… Dunno his rates but I lust his pix ….

http://www.tunjisarumi.com/

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

good luck!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

you SOOOOOO need to check out Elizabeth Mesena – her work is memorable, vintagy, and amazingly composed.  check out her work on her blog: http://www.kissthegroom.com/ 

i swoon every time i see her stuff.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I second whoever said to consider searching nationally. I had a DW and didn’t want to get stuck paying additional for travel/hotel for a photographer, so went with one local to my destination and regret it.

My other piece of advice – things like composition/crookedness are MUCH harder to fix in the post process than adding effects, etc. in the post process. If you have to choose one thing over another, please, please go for the photographer who has good composition/in camera skills. Yes, you can crop, etc., but you will have to lose part of the pic. (I’m one of those who ended up with crooked, yes, crooked pics and we are trying to fix them now – it’s a pain in the a**!).

Also, I know some photogs don’t allow this, but maybe you can choose one for the shoot and someone else for the post part? But don’t do it without telling the photog first – that’s a no, no.

Just some suggestions from someone who is dealing with bad photos now : (

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you checked out Junebugweddings.com? The have great resources for West Coast brides like us. I have found a couple of my vendors form their and found my photographer there. Good luck!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

Bobby Earle and Jose Villa are among my favorites as well!  Sadly, neither of them are in my price range.

I finally ended up choosing Melissa McClure, she’s a San Diego photog, but I know she’d be willing to travel. 

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