What do you think of this photographer?

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

only a couple of the photos seemed too photoshopped with that tacky ‘glow’ look… otherwise they are nice!     Maybe you could tell her not to go crazy with the special effects… or tell her which photos you like, and which you don’t care for.  

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would ask to see some full weddings.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Very pretty, super dramatic pictures! If she’s in your budget, go for it!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i think they are beautiful and a great price

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think she captures some very genuine moments beautifully. It looks sincere and not cheesy or forced. I like that she is not relying on stereotypical, staged shots. I don’t think they look shoppy at all. I agree that you should ask to see a full set of shots though. She may be only displaying some gems.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I really like her photos. 🙂 I agree with pp, ask to see full sets.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

From what I can see she is a great photographer at a good price. Definitely meet with her and check out her albums!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@WhiteSnow:  My only criticism is that she goes overboard on soft skin.  I would ask if you could get a more natural skin editing style, and if she’s willing to do that, it seems like a reasonable package!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Very mediocre work but the pricing isn’t too far off considering all that it includes. I would expect this quality for that price. Definitely a lot of heavy handed photoshop work and inconsistent editing. Aside from that, it seems that she mainly does senior portraits so I see a lot of posed wedding work but not a lot of great candid moments. DEFINITELY as to see a few full weddings.

Aside from that, ask yourself if you need all of that stuff in your package. If your budget is around $2700 I would be more inclined to spring for a more skilled, talented photographer who perhaps doesn’t include an album . . . you can always buy an album later. I always encourage couples to invest in someone who will take the BEST images – extras can be purchased later on but you can’t re-do the actual photos.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@WhiteSnow: I think they are all pretty pictures- she seems to have a good balance between indoor & outdoor pictures/lighting. I agree with pp’s that the skin softening effect is a little overboard of a few of the pics and ends up making the bride look plastic/barbie-ish… 

If the only real thing you dislike is the skin softening I would beat around the bush by playing dumb to it- that’s what we did  with our photog. I showed her which of her images I LOVED & which weren’t really my style (most were LOVES but 3-4 were HATES and the hates were all that selective color stuff)- gets the point across without being so in their face…. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@WhiteSnow:  Agreed, and you really can’t ask a photographer to shoot or edit in a different style. It won’t feel right for them and it’s sort of an insult to them. We’d much rather be hired by people who love what we do.

Re: Shelby Street Photography – much better as far as not overusing photoshop, and their editing is more consistent. The images are very posed and formulaic though, so that is something to think about. I would request to see a few full weddings. Their blog posts are basically just a handful of photos of the bride and groom and not much else. Where is the reception? Where are the moments? What does the bulk of what they deliver look like? Anyone can pull off 10 good shots from a wedding day. You will want to be sure that you are happy with EVERYTHING they deliver. I am a wedding photojournalist so I am most focused (and display) the genuine moments I capture during a wedding day. That is most important to me and to the clients who choose to work with me. You need to decide what is most important to YOU and find a photographer whose work represents that.

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