Potentional wedding photographer.. is this the one?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That’s a fantastic price for the whole day. His work looks really nice, I would snatch this photographer up in a heartbeat!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

He seems like a decent photographer to me, but something about the images almost seems a bit over-edited/washed out to me.

But that’s a matter of personal preference, so you may just like that style. And your preference is ultimately what matters, so go with what you love!

Other than that, they seem like nice enough photos, and the price isn’t bad.

(One other thing that may or may not matter to you- I was kind of turned off by the somewhat negative vibes I was picking up from his blog. On the first couple of pages I see captions like:

  • “Maternity sessions are a weird thing. I tend to stay as far away from them as I possibly can. Bare bellies and a myriad of other reasons can make a maternity session seem really creepy and weird in my opinion.”
  • Unfortunately, there are not a lot of beautiful places to shoot in Indianapolis, Indiana.”
  • This was the worst weather that I have ever shot in but because of Jeremy’s schedule, we had no other choice. It was forty degrees, raining and the sky was gray and depressing.”

That probably doesn’t affect the quality of the photos, but what’s with the negativity?)

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@jenilynevette:  There are some real technical red flags in his work for me. The editing is all over the place and he doesn’t seem to be able to manage low-light situations very well. There are some shots that are completely out of focus so I’m not sure why they would make the cut to the blog (like in Liz and Drew’s wedding blog post). I would be very reluctant to hire this photographer and would need to see a few full wedding galleries first before making a decision because the work displayed is quite inconsistent. In the below screenshot, why in the world are these edited so differently? One is faded so there is no true black and the other isn’t? I wouldn’t have any idea what I could expect my own photos to look like hiring him:

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And again in this screenshot, what would my black and white photos look like? Would they be low contrast with true blacks and grays (like in the top photo) or high contrast brown and white like the bottom photo? I would not want such inconsistency because these two photos not look good next to each other in an album spread or hung on the wall together.  

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  I think this photographer just hasn’t quite nailed down his style yet and needs some more time to figure out how to shoot and edit a consistent set of images from a wedding day.

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Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@mariematt:  Butting in here to say – thank you for giving examples of the differences between several shots.  It’s one thing to have someone say editing inconsistiencies, it’s another to see what is meant by that.

I’ve learned how to better look at photos as a result of your examples – thanks 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@fascinated:  Glad this helped! I know it’s always really vague when photographers post in here about technical stuff without examples. I don’t mean to do this to insult the photographer, but I felt like this would be the only way to visually demonstrate the differences.

There are a million different editing styles out there and some will be appealing and others won’t be and that’s a good way of narrowing down which photographers you like and which ones you don’t. But when you come across photographers whose images encompass MANY different editing styles it’s a sign that the photographer is somewhat new, still tweaking their style and figuring out what looks right to them, or using different editing tricks to cover up exposure/focus mistakes. This is a red flag for me because above all I want to be able to look at a body of work and be able to reasonably predict what my images from MY day would look like. I have no idea with this photographer.

So if you happen to see photos like these (he has them posted literally side by side in his blog post so it’s an easy thing to pop out at you) where they look completely different that might be a sign that they aren’t quite there yet. The top black and white shot is a nice one, well exposed, sweet moment, but the one below has editing I really dislike, and it is overexposed – almost all the detail in her dress and his shirt are lost. The two images, if shot and edited consistently, would make a nice pair hanging together. As they are now it would bug the hell out of me, haha! I would want a photographer who can produce consistent results.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I tell my clients to look for the three P’s – price, product, and personality.

I assume that you have made a budget already (and if you haven’t, now is definitely the time!) and know how much you will be able to spend on a photographer without sacrificing other areas of the wedding. If $2500 is within reach for you, that he’s passed the first test.

Next, look at the work he produces. Do you like his style? Because his work seem to capture what made each event unique? Most importantly, can you verify that the work is actually his? There are a lot of people out there who steal photography, and he really do you have to verify that he is one of them. If you and your fiancé are excited by his work, ask for a few references to find out whether he was good on the wedding day. Even if his work is good, you don’t want to hire someone who will either be rushing you or slowing you down.

Finally – and most importantly of all – his personality. You need to really click with your photographer. It’s okay to have a so-so relationship with your florist or your DJ, but your photographer will be up in your grill all day. You may be in your underwear in front of this person. Even if you aren’t, you will be want to be able to act natural. If you don’t vibe with your photographer, your discomfort will come through in all of your photos. Don’t feel bad about hiring someone different if the magic just isn’t there with this guy.

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