Post # 1
Ok, so I think I may have found our photographer. Originally I was in love with 13:13 Photography who Mrs. Quiche used, but she is a bit out of my price range. I have since found Cathy Heinz who is local which is a plus. Her website is CathyHeinz.com I have gotten emails from 2 brides that were both satisfied with her work. We are planning to meet her in person this coming weekend.
We are thinking of doing Package C is $1,875 and includes:
- A Second Photographer
- Bride Getting Ready (about 5 hours prior to ceremony)
- Groom Getting Ready
- Ceremony (will be at 3 pm for us)
- Unlimited Reception Time
- CD containing full resolution images, copyright free, suitable for printing
- Online Hosting for viewing and purchasing prints/downloads for 90 days
- Designer coffee table style album (about 20 pages, we can add more if we want).
We will have to pay an additional $150 because we have over 100 guests.
Here are some of her pictures: All Photos taken by Cathy Heinz Photography:
Post # 3
I think the work is gorgeous and the price is GREAT! Go for it!!
Post # 4
I think the price for that level of work is really good!
Post # 5
PS: especially with the extra photographer and unlimited reception time, it’s a really good deal I think.
Post # 6
the price is fine, but the pictures clearly arent edited, so it just depends on what you are looking for. personally, i dont want my face to shine, or look like theres a flash
Post # 7
I actually think the price is kinda high for her work.
What kind of wedding are you having? Is it church, inside, beach… what kind of reception.
Her “lighting” is subpar… and of the shots you posted starting with the top.
1) skin tones are muddled and dull.
2)one of only 2 “good” images, although it’s the only one of the kind and I question anyone whose style isn’t consistent.
3) Good image
4) Lighting is off, dull, poor composition. They’re cut off at the shin and then there’s an awkward space above. It also isn’t centered nor following the “1/3 rule.” Kinda in-between
5) 4 words: Totally Rad Old-School Action; a purchased button/shortcut in photoshop
7/8) Lighting again, For both the flash and natural light one. The flash one isn’t done well and the natural one is under-exposed. BOTH are the most odd and random aspect ratio’s. Don’t know what size she plans on those being printed.
9) A really good attempt. Not quite nailed though. Much better composition than No. 4
10) lighting and composition
I went and looked through her blog. Nothing is what I would consider “consistent enough” kinda like the spread of images you posted. Honestly, your not even getting enough at that price to justify using her. I would much rather you spend the same, only get 1 quality photog for 6-8 hrs (still enough time for getting ready through reception… trust me, no one “really” needs 5 hours of pre-wedding coverage) and the disc. The “coffee table album” isn’t going to be something of “high” quality… and you can always save and buy one down the road. You can’t redo your pictures though. Trust me, this is the one area worth the “splurge.” Otherwise, all the other thousands are just kinda put to waste.
Post # 8
Oh, and i have NEVER EVER in any board or photog group I’m a part of heard someone charging more for having over 100 people. Why? Especially with 2 photographers there is absolutely NO reason to justify that. Absolutely none, and if nothing else, that would make me not book her because it’s absolutely absurd.
For portraits, it’s one thing. i.e. Family of 4 is this price and then an extra $__ per head. But, a wedding? That’s a horrible pricing model.
Post # 9
Before I give my opinion I’m going to say that if YOU like her photography, then go for it.
I looked through her blog and I’m really not a fan, especially for what she’s charging. Her photos are very inconsistent. The lighting is off on a lot of them and the post processing isn’t consistent. Some good use a few adjustments, others are way overdone.
I would splurge on 13:13. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Post # 10
I also looked at her website. I feel like she’s overpriced for her work. She doesn’t seem to have a consistent style. I would maybe keep looking for someone else. It’s obviously your decision though, if you are happy with her work and prices, you should go for it.
Post # 11
Hmm, I hate to say this, but her quality isn’t up there to be charging just under $2K. As KLP has already listed out, she doesn’t seem to have a good grasp of lighting, and that will make or break a picture. I would keep looking. I think for $2K, you can find an amazing photographer who will provide you with some super high quality images.
That’s just me though 🙂
ETA: I should also say that we chose a high-quality photog and booked her for eight hours. I originally wanted to go with a slightly lesser-quality photog who would be there 10 hours, and I’m SO glad that we didn’t do that. We got a few nice “getting ready” pictures, and that was all we needed. So don’t worry about length of coverage.
Post # 12
The price is low, and at first glance the pictures looked nice enough to me (though I’m not a very experienced consumer of photography). However, reading some PPs comments I can see what they’re saying about the quality and the inconsistency. Just now I went and looked at the 13:13 site and the difference in quality and skill is apparent. How much more would they be? If you could afford a package of ~6 hours with just the images on disc, I would go for that.
Post # 13
Im not a fan of the pictures personally. I agree with some of the other posters that she is overpriced for the quality. That is fairly inexpensive for wedding photography, but I feel that the pictures do not really look professional. Also, Im not really sure what your guest count has to do with her?
Post # 14
I second EVERY word KLP said. Like seriously, would have typed almost the exact same thing if she hadn’t first. Mind you this is coming from not one but two professional photographers now. Especially if these are samples of the BEST of her work, I don’t think you are getting what you’re paying for.
Sorry, don’t meant to be harsh, I would just hate to see you disappointed after the fact, and I wanted you to know that you can definitely do better. 13:13 or any other stronger photog for fewer hours sounds like a better way to go to me. Even a talented newbie with a stronger portfolio might turn out better. You can always have KLP or I look at their work and tell you if it’s a better bet (in our opinions of course).
Sometimes it helps to look at some really good photography work to realize the difference between good photos and bad. Check out Jared Wilson, Jasmine Star, Becker or Jose Villa! I know they are not in your price range but you can see the difference. Then look at every web site you can, narrow down to the prices you can afford, then pick the one with the best photos! Don’t assume higher price means better photos. Whoever has better shots is a better choice, simple as that. Hope this helps!
Post # 15
This is kinda what I was thinking as well. At first I really liked some of her work in her portfolio, but those are just the “best of the best.” When I look at her overall work for weddings (all images captured) there are only 5 or so GREAT ones from each. I am totally a photo snob and will be upset if I pay almost $2k and don’t get about 50 or so GREAT photos.
Unfortunately, we budgeted only $1,600 for the photographer. I can add some of my own money to bring that amount up to about $2,000. I don’t really want a coffee table book, I will scrapbook my own pictures. I am really afraid that with only 1 photographer we won’t get great shots. I really want to have some pictures of the guests etc. We also have very limited time between the ceremony and reception and we will not be doing a pre ceremony first look.
Another factor I am considering is that Cathy is local and we can meet with her ahead of time to feel out personalities etc. Both Ashley (13:13) and Lori are out of town so we would meet them in person on the wedding day. Is this an issue? We are not doing an engagement shoot.
Comparison: 1313blog.com I would have to work with Ashley to see if we could come up with a package that was in our range. I would probably end up with about 8 hours of photography with 2 photographers, unlimited images, and a CD for about $2,000 or so.
I have also looked into Lori Barbely http://www.loribarbelyphotography.com/blog/ She charges $2,000 for 8 hours with 2 photographers and the images on a CD.
HELP! I have talked to all of these photographers, and really need to book one SOON!
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