Honestly, I’ve never been to South Africa, so I’m not sure what the trends are there but I’m not crazy about these. I personally don’t really like the lighting or editing. I think some of the colors are pushed excessively, but more in a way where it makes it all very stark. Similarly, (just looking at the one wedding album available) there are some very obvious editing fails – flyaway hairs on the bride, not cleaning up her eyebrows, etc.
I had two different experiences with this, and all I can do is share with you. My private wedding (just me and DH) was shot by a friend of mine who is a photojournalist professionally. I LOVE his photos and we were super lucky he did this for us, basically for waaaay less than he is worth. I love my wedding photos, and they were everything I wanted. He totally understood and was a really a bit part of our day (since it was literally us, a priest, and two photographers).
We just hosted a year “anniversary party” for friends and family this summer. Unfortunately, my friend moved out West this year and just couldn’t do the photos. I looked around the party city -where I don’t live anymore- and really didn’t find anything I was crazy about that was within my budget.. And by within my budget, I mean the few I liked started above my budget for the ENTIRE party! Everything was sort of like this, good but not exceptional.
We ended up hiring a girl who came reccomended. She’s just out of grad school, and her portfolio for school was very good. Her event stuff was just as good as many of the other people who were ok. She was wonderful throughout the day, took tons of photos and was very nice. However, I could tell she wasn’t super confident. I was still super optimistic.
So far, I’ve only seen the few previews of her favorites that she emailed (still waiting on the finals) but honestly… I don’t like them at all. Darling Husband already asked for the raw files as well so he can rework them all in photoshop. They’re all so plain and blazee for my taste, and they don’t really capture the sentimental, fun tone of the day.
Sorry this was super long winded, but in the end, I really wish we had figured something out. Started trying to book someone sooner, put more money into it, or something. Totally not that girls fault, but it’s just how I feel.
If you’re not crazy, over the top ZOMG, I would say to keep looking.