Post # 1
Hi everyone! I am having the worse time locating a photographer who will do photojournalistic type photos for my wedding in October. Does anyone have anyone that they would recommend? I am getting married in the MD area but at this point I would even be willing to pay travel expenses to fly the person out. The budget is probably the least of my concerns, I’d prefer to not spend more than $5-6K, however, I wouldn’t necessarily rule anyone out based on fees. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Where in Maryland? I’m sure there are plenty in the DC/NOVA area that are photojournalistic.
What is your budget? $2k, $5k, $10k? That will help us with recommendations.
Post # 4
(From a photographer’s perspective)
A couple of great directories to find wedding photographers with a more modern style include: http://www.wpja.com (Wedding Photojournalistic Association) and http://www.photographik.org. Both of these directories prequalify their listings. The WPJA is supposed to be strictly photojournalistic style, so at one time I was listed, but I’ve integrated more artistic elements into my photography, including the portraits, so I’m personally no longer listed (so it’s not all-inclusive), but it can be a good starting point. Photographik is newer so there are less photographers listed at the present time – great resource.
If you can’t find one in the Maryland area, one thing I would suggest is looking west. Phoenix, Arizona, where I’m located, is overloaded with photographers shooting photojournalistically.
In general, make sure to see a full wedding shot by the photographers that you choose to interview. Images in a portfolio don’t necessarily reflect the overall style of the photographer, and there’s an amazing number of situations and ‘problems’ to solve in the course of a wedding day so you want to enjoy the photographer’s shooting style in the full range of situations (look at group portraits, capturing moments throughout the wedding, do they pose more or less than you prefer? bride and groom portraits, detail shots, etc).
And, overall, don’t try to change the photographer’s style to suit your needs. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, look for another photographer – you and the photographer will both be happier in the end.
Hope this helps! Feel free to contact me if you have other questions.
Carolyn Wells (www.carolynwells.net)
Post # 5
We’re getting married in North Carolina, but our photographer Michael Juliano recently relocated to Baltimore. I think he does some great photojournalistic stuff, his prices are really reasonable and we loved working with him when we took our engagement pictures. My FI was super nervous about having his picture taken, but Michael totally relaxed him and I love that you can see how much fun we were having just by looking at the pictures. I’m sure our wedding pictures will be great too. You can check out his website at http://www.momentsbymichael.com
Post # 6
As a photographer, I think Carolyn’s comments above are great, especially because those two organizations dont just take everyone (however, photogs still pay to be in them, so it is paid advertising.) I would also recommend talking to everyone you know and seeing if they recommend their photographer. Word of mouth is still a very reliable indication of how good someone is!
If you’re willing to go outside the MD area, Southern California is another hotbed of awesome wedding photography. Also, you might want to consider a colder climate (like Boston, where my husband and I have our business)- good photogs in these areas are less likely to already be booked for October, as the wedding season is primarily May- Sept. because of the weather!
You sound like you’re willing to put in the effort for a good photographer, so don’t be too worried; you’ll find one!
Best of luck!
Heather Ciras, CirasPhotography
Post # 7
Great advice from all the other photographers! With that budget you should easily be able to have your pick of great photographers that you can fly in – the east coast is full of them. I know even with my largest package, I could fly in to your area for well under 5k, (and I would be happy to) so there must be others.
Mrs. Onion seems to have had great success with Daria Bishop, and I know Putnam Bean in NY is fantastic and reasonable. If you can afford them, LaCour is phenomenal and on the east coast as well.
Post # 8
Take a look at
She was a photographer we used for fashion shoots and now she does weddings (super gorgeous stuff!) She was my first call to shoot my upcoming wedding. She shot one of my best gal pals weddings and the shots ended up in Martha Stewart weddings, and Elegant Bride (or Modern Bride, I get them mixed up)
I know she travels- I’m not 100% but I think she’ll be within your budget.
And she’s just a great person to boot!
Post # 9
I don’t think that you need to fly anyone in from a different area–we have SO MANY photography options in this area. I am picking a mixture of photojounalistic and artistic, so I didn’t these photographers, but Matt Mendelson and Rodney Bailey seem to be popular in our area for strict photojournalism. I also liked Amy Raab’s pictures, but she is travelling out of town for my wedding.
Hope this helps!
Post # 10
Oh my goodness there are SOOOO many photographers in the MD/DC/VA area. Literally, a ton. You said you’re having trouble. What parts are you having trouble with specifically? Cause with your budget you can have almost anyone in the metro area and there are so many great photographers I’m surprised you haven’t found anything. If you want pure photojournalism (i.e. NOTHING is posed) then you can’t beat Matt Mendelson. Carl Bower does a similar style,
Here is what I did. It took a long time but it paid off- I went through every single photographers site listed on the WPJA website for the VA/MD/DC areas (heck you can even do Delware and Penn., many of those photographers travel), every photographer listed on the Knot.com vendor site for the DC/MD/VA area, and every photographer listed on the Washingtonian.com’s list of best vendor http://www.washingtonian.com/weddings/WeddingSearchResults#SearchResults
There is nooo reason for you to fly anyone in.
Post # 11
another conisderation…just go on the Baltimore knot.com board and just ask the knotties some of their recommendations…they will gladly tell you the photographers that are great in the area. The girls on the board are really nice.
Post # 12
Thank you to everyone for your suggestions! I think that my problem with all the photographers I’ve looked at so far is that there has just been no connection. A lot of the photographers that I have seen or whose pictures I’ve looked at were too posed, too fake or there was just no emotional connection with the photos (what can I say, I’m picky). My other problem is that I work in accounting 60-70 hours a week, which leaves absolutely no time for planning….I’m sure I will be posting a lot of questions going forward. None of my friends are married or even close to being married so there has been not been a lot of word of mouth recommendations. On top of all this, I am living out of town up until the wedding so it makes planning even harder.
With all that said, I have been in touch with Travis Hoehne since around the time I posted this question this morning and I was wondering if anyone had worked with him or had any feedback? The pictures on his blog are incredible and I absolutely love his style.
Post # 13
i found tony yang from WB who is located in NYC. He did great pictures for one of the bees and he was booked for my date but recommended another person from NYC so we are asking him to travel to DC to do our wedding. I agree – the DC/MD area even though there are plenty of photogs I found NONE that i liked so i went looking in another state. If you do want to go outside of the east coast I recommend california. Our current photog had a huge connection with me over the phone and we had to book him so i understand where you are coming from. we also are looking for someone who was able to do vietnamese weddings so that made the search a little more tricky. let me know if i can help further.
Post # 14
If my wedding wasn’t on a Sunday, I would have hired Tony Yang to fly out from NYC 🙂 He’s just amazing. You can see Mrs Ants pictures. Those were taken by him.
But then, I am sooo picky myself. I have gone through at least 40+ photographers sites/blogs/portforlios.
Be sure to look at one of their proof albums – one for the entire wedding. So you can know what you may be getting – and not just the ‘star’ pictures.
Post # 15
Ha, funny, I didn’t even see the post before mine was for Tony Yang as well 🙂
Post # 16
You absolutely need to connect with your photographer (and vice versa). It is very important for me to know that I connect with my couples in order for me to shoot their wedding. I absolutely love working with brides who are totally excited about getting married, really into fun, casual, and relaxed photographs, absolutely love my work, and are as much fun as I am! If the bride isn’t, she’ll probably think I’m a bit of a weirdo 😉 So you are dead on in wanting to connect with your photographer 🙂
Having said that, I’ld love to shoot your wedding as well! I only shoot 20 weddings a year, though (and I’m pretty close to that). Here are a few of my weddings from beginning to end…
…and I would love to chat over the internet if you connect with my work. Check out my blog and "about me" section and you’ll get to see what I’m like pretty quick 🙂 A young guy who is obsessed with his wife, family, job, and travel (I’m pretty simple 🙂
Either way, your hard work will pay off and I’m sure you’ll find a great photographer! Every bride that values great photography deserves it!