Post # 1
I have been searching for a photog for what seems like forever!!
I must say that I am SUPER picky and I feel like most of the photogs end up being 100% amazing and totally out of my pricerange, or in my pricerange with SOMETHING not quite perfect. For instance, the composition would be great, but then the post-processing isn’t the style that I like (prefer a vintage-y feel). Or, the post-processing is great, but I don’t feel like the shots are composed that well (e.g. improper inclusions–like a van parked behind the couple; obviously crooked (c’mon people!! rotate & crop!!!), etc.). Underexposed or dark shots are another concern of mine, Another pet-peeve is the “rockstar” photog. A friend of mine got married recently & I was in her bridal party & her photog was even getting on my nerves talking about himself–and I wasn’t even the one that had to be around him most of the day!! So even if they win on the first two, the demeanor is another thing that sometimes gets in the way.
I know I am super picky but photography is BY FAR the most important part of my day and its not something I want to compromise on and regret after I get my pictures back after the day. I am definitely at the point of obsession with this search!! I have looked at over 100 websites for LA photog (far over 100!) and have a running excel spreadsheet of about 50 “possibles”–which includes the rates of photogs that I have contacted (why don’t they just have the rates on the websites!! Grrr!!), if they are available on my date, what their packages include, and 1 to 4 stars based on how much I like them, and I am driving myself crazy trying to find the perfect photog within my (max $4000) budget.
My faves (all too expensive or booked!) are Bobby Earle, Chenin Boutwell, Jose Villa & Orange Turtle–all that I thought were perfect (of course they are out of my budget!!). I feel like I’ve checked every post on LA photog suggestions on here and the Knot, gotten recs from booked photogs that I like, checked the wpja.com website (since I wanted a photojourn. feel), and suggestions on blogs like GreenWeddingShoes. What do I do??? Compromise on something???? If so, what?
I am getting so frustrated with this!! I just want to make a decision and not think about it again until my wedding day!!!
Post # 3
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..
Post # 4
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
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 # 7
Browse through here and see if anyone catches your eye:
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
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 ….
Post # 9
Thanks for the suggestions!!
I will definitely check them out! I also went back and looked at some photogs on my list that I had actually forgotten to contact, so I will try them too & hope to get lucky!!
Post # 11
There are some great photographers on this site..thought this engagement shoot was really great!
I had a great photographer, but they are in Oregon http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-pics-vintage-woods-meets-the-west-enjoy
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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
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
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
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.