Please help me narrow down a photographer! So confused!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: which would you pick
    matthewdeboerphotography : (11 votes)
    50 %
    sethburkeyphotography : (0 votes)
    lovekcphotography : (0 votes)
    capturephotography : (0 votes)
    keep looking they all suck! : (11 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 4
    167 posts
    Blushing bee

    @kansas_nurse:  I liked the pics I could see of the first photographer. Really pretty candid pics… I don’t know a lot about photographers but i didnt care for the others. The style and editing wasn’t that great IMO. But again… I’m no expert. Good luck! 

    Post # 5
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Not trying to be mean but keep looking!!! When you find the right photogroper you will know!! If you are choosing due to budget restrictions chose #1 they are the best of the 4! Dont forget if you splerge on anything let it be your photogropher! 

    Post # 6
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    well…out of these 4 photographers..first one is definitely the best..I wouldn’t even consider other three…To be honest, I wouldn’t pick any of them…But it is my view…don’t get upset with my words..I like very artistic photographers…if I see that they are plain I would loose my interest right away…For me photography was one of the biggest things…we ended up hiring 3 photographers..and the first one I chose is very different..she has this creative way of taking pictures that not a lot of other people have. 

    Post # 7
    2057 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia


    Before you pick photographers, you should see what kind of artistic style you are looking for.

    What is your budget?

    I really like Matthew Deboer Photography out of the four, but only because I’m very partial to photojournalistic approach. I’m not a big fan of posed pictures as my FI HATES pictures while I find that posing takes away from letting the wedding flow naturally. Unposed picture session would feel more laidback as you can really savour each moment with your new husband. However, I feel that there are some pictures in Deboer’s gallery that could use a bit more lighting. So, he’s a learning professional — there’s nothing wrong with that. If his prices are reasonable, I’d say go for it!

    Here is my photog, whom I really hope she would be able to work with FI and my budget:

    However, some people need directions from their photographer as to how to pose; how to place your chin/hands; etc… so, it really depends on your FH and your combined tastes and personality.

    ETA: Good luck in finding the right one. I was approached by a husband and wife photog from North Carolina. I can forward you their contacts if you’re interested. They specialize in photojournalistic style to document a wedding. They told me that they would photograph my wedding for free; I’d just have to pay for their flight and accomodation.

    Post # 8
    6194 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    @kansas_nurse:  The first one might be the best, but I would want to see a few full albums from him. The others are no good

    Post # 9
    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    The first is definitely the best of the bunch, but I’m not sold on him.

    The other ones have selective colouring, and other dated styles.. as well as one of them appears to have only shot a handful of weddings. Only one I would even consider is the first. But definitely keep looking.

    Post # 11
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    If you have to choose from these 4, I would definately pick #1 – he is by far the best of them all.

    If you are looking for specifics, these are my opinions on the other 3:

    #2 The lighting is pretty bad. To me, it looks like this photographer doesn’t know how to work with shadows at all – all the pictures that are taken outside with the sun shining are not great.

    #3 The pictures are way too posed, which is just not my style. Again, like #2, the lighting is terrible and it.

    #4 The editing is terrible – the pictures look really grainy to me

    Post # 12
    4729 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @kansas_nurse:  Out of those 4, I would say #1, Matthew DeBoer. He has consistant work, well exposed, clean edits, and relaxed people. 

    #2 & #3 are definite NO’s. Inconsistant work, bad editing. Both are pretty clear amatures. The true test is by viewing the facebook/blog of a photographer – where they post their day-to-day images. Anyone can get a good shot or two from a wedding, but when you have to blog multiple images you can get a sense of who they are and how they shoot. Both of them have selective coloring (black and white, where only one thing is in color) and that is just a no-no in the world of professional photography. It’s very dated and is the dead giveaway for a newbie. 

    #4 is okay, but the editing needs some work and you can tell they have a little way to go with their skill level. If these are the only four options you have, this would be my second pick.

    I’d say with a $2500 budget I’d go with #1. His work is actually quite good, and I’m suprised at how low his pricing is. 

    Post # 13
    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @kansas_nurse:  Not impressed with any of these photographers. The bottom three all have terrible editing/image quality/composition. If you HAVE to choose from these 4 I’d choose #1, but even he is inconsistent. I would want to see a few full weddings of his before going forward to make sure.

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