What do you think of this photographer's work?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think if you are on a budget.. and his price [$600] is in range, it would be OKAY. I don’t think he’s anything special though.

It seems like he might have some issues with the use of lighting.. and it doesn’t seem like there is a whole lot of touching up done in the photos… but, he seems to use alot of lower quality fading/recoloring which I think looks pretty cheap.

He also doesn’t seem to have creative photos down, everything just seems straight-on shot which is pretty boring, in my opinion.

Post # 4
Member
4872 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Honestly? Amature at best, and it’s definitely reflected in his pricing. $600 for all day coverage? Plus he’ll travel *up to 6 hours* to get to your wedding? That’s insane. There is no way to run a legal, legit business (with professional gear, backup gear, paying taxes, liability insurance, etc) charging those prices and with that business model.

As for the actual photography? Really bad lighting and compostion. No depth of field, or seperation of the subject and background. Direct flash!!!! Yikes! You can pretty much tell that it’s most likely a consumer level camera being shot on automatic with the pop-up flash or an on camera flash directed right at the subject.

He’s got a lot of positive wedding wire reviews, but really, anyone can get that. I’d venture to say that most people with a $600 budget for photography probably didn’t have super high expectations and were thrilled with what they got from him. Personally? I’d say take that $600 and buy yourself a Canon Rebel and let someone you know take the picutres. You’d get the same result and get to keep the camera.

I do say that with love, becuase as a wedding photographer, seeing stuff like that hurts my heart. I fully know that not everyone can afford thousands of dollars on a professional photographer – nor is it worth going to debt over. That being said, you have to manage your expectations and really see what you can get for the money.

Post # 5
Member
8009 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Honestly:

Very poor use of lighting, zero depth of field or artful focus, tons of unflattering pics, bad compositions. Looks like he just uses the built in flash which is a nightmare. Not just unsophisticated, but looks amature. And not an amature bursting with talent. 

 

But is it better than no pics if 600 dollars is the max budget? yes. But keep looking!

 

Post # 6
Member
3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Not good.  Very dated.  And all posed, straight on shots which is not indicative of a professional photographers work.

Post # 7
Member
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t mind it! I think it’s an EXCELLENT value, and I like how many pictures he posts from each wedding! So you’re seeing a general quality trend.

I think all the shadows are a little bizarre, but I just realized I’ve never seen shadows in wedding pictures before! (I wonder how they avoid those…?)

But for what you’re getting, that is an AMAZING deal!

My only concern would be that they were only Wedding Wire certified in 2011 and 2012… So what happened in 2013?

Post # 8
Member
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think they are pretty good images for $600.  I wouldn’t describe them as professional quality, but they are not charging a professional price.  The value seems completely fair to me.

Post # 9
Member
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan. If you’re on a budget, I would consider a student photographer. I have seen and known many who do fantastic work! 

Post # 11
Member
3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@BrandNewBride:  “I think all the shadows are a little bizarre, but I just realized I’ve never  seen shadows in wedding pictures before! (I wonder how they avoid those…?)”

You don’t use on-camera flash.  That’s professional photography 101, let alone photography 101.  I think that’s why we are all a little apprehensive that the OP chooses someone who doesn’t know the basics when it comes to technique.

Post # 12
Member
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Not top notch, but not god awful either.

 

But hey- if you like his work and his prices and trust him then go for it! By the look of his website it seems like you would get A TON of photos. You probably won’t like all of them, but even if there is a good number that you do then it will be worth it!

 

Good luck (:

Post # 13
Member
3928 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Not impressed.  Poor angles and unflattering poses.  He sure has shot a lot of weddings but hasn’t seemed to benefit from his experience.

 

Post # 14
Member
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  http://www.dustinzhangphotography.com/home

Have a look at this guy, I believe he charges $150/hour but I feel like his photos are worth the extra bit of cost. If you’re spending money on a weddign already, might as well splurge a little to have photo memories of it! 🙂

Post # 16
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352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  You could always contact him to see if he can create a package for you. It never hurts to ask. I’m not sure how long you need the photographer, I had based it on 6 hours as I never really understood why a photographer needed to take photos of people eating! 🙂

Personally, I wouldn’t want to spend $600 for photos that are sub-par. I feel like guest photos would be able to take clear shots like that, sometimes better! 

Good luck on your search.

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