Post # 1
Why is it so difficult to find a quality wedding photographer who uses true colors and doesn’t have unnecessary lens flares/sun bursts in photos? I found one photographer who takes beautiful, natural-looking photos, but who sadly is not available for our date. I am not exaggerating when I say I have been looking through dozens of other photographers’ blogs in my area and those whose photos don’t have that washed-out finish, yellow skies (skies are not yellow, darnit!) and/or pointless lens flares (some which practically obscure the bride and groom’s faces completely) are few and far between.
I suppose I could just pick a photographer whose photos otherwise look fine and ask them to please refrain from the yellow sky action and lens flares, but it seems like such an absurd thing to have to ask.
Just in case someone needs examples:
Post # 2
I know how you feel.
I hate the lens flares and filters, and I really dislike how contrived a lot of wedding pictures are. I mean, I just want to see how the wedding actually looked. Is that too much to ask? It’s as if taking a simple, honest, pretty picture is too difficult for a lot of these photographers to do.
Luckily, I’ve found some photographers who do the style I like, so I can’t complain, but it feels like there should be more of them.
Post # 3
Where are you? Maybe someone in your area can suggest someone.
I spent months finding a photographer who took straightforward, natural photos with no funny filter colors and wasn’t going to ask us to make a heart with our hands or jump in the air. Our photographer is in Raleigh, North Carolina but they do travel (they did to NYC for our engagement photos!). I was delighted with our engagement photos – they look like real life.
Post # 4
I was looking for the same thing when I planned our wedding. I wanted photographers who took pictures of the event and the people. Too many seem to focus on everything but the couple.
Post # 5
Rhopalocera: Exactly! I don’t mind some posed pictures — for example, to get photos of the wedding party and family together, but holding up signs, making hearts out of hands, headless photos, etc just drive me nuts!
CaroBee: That photo looks great! Hopefully I will luck out and find someone. I just didn’t expect it to be so hard to find photogs who take normal photos.
Post # 6
I feel you! I found one photographer in my area who takes vibrant, CRISP pictures. At first I was apprehensive since it’s going to cost me $4000 but after looking at other photographers, spending 2-3000 on something I didn’t really like made no sense. So I’ll be biting the bullet.
Post # 7
strawberriesandcream: I totally feel you. Until now, the only similar galleries I’ve seen are from amateur photographers. Yes, they might be amateur, but they go out of their studio from time to time and they experience a lot with natural light, and minimal editing, thus reflecting a genuine moment and natural beauty. The industry seems to focus a lot about what finish would be ”blog-worthy”. Well, good for you, but that’s not what my expectations are. I want to have memories of the people and the event, and a few romantic couple’s pictures as well. If they’re not blog-worthy, I couldn’t care less. This is why we are perfectly happy to hire a talented amateur.
Post # 8
strawberriesandcream: Girrrrl you are speaking my language. As a wedding photographer who doesn’t use these vintage/film photoshop actions I can’t wait for this fad to die, haha! If you can let us know what general area you’re in I am sure between all the pro photographer bees here we can recommend someone in your area who doesn’t do this.
Post # 9
any recs for Atlanta please.
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I totally agree. When we met with our photographer I told her how much I appreciate that her photos actually have color and aren’t all washed out/covered in glare!
Post # 12
strawberriesandcream: Fads always come and go, and right now the hazy vintage look is very in. While it’s beautiful in it’s own right, trust me, there are some of us out there who don’t edit in that style. 😉
I consider myself to be a “clean processor “, focusing more on crispt, clean, edits. It can certainly be frustraiting though, because you don’t want to look back at your images and they feel dated. Trust me, enough about them will feel dated in 20 years (dress, hair, etc) you at least want to look back on beautiful and clear images. My biggest gripe with it, is that it’s often used to cover up bad photography. A solid photographer is someone who, IMO, can clean process their images and still nail it.
Where are you located? (Feel free to PM me if you prefer) There might be suggestions for your area.
Post # 13
mariematt: + 1000
As you know, I call these “Pinteresting filters” and I long for this fad to be over and done with! There’s an awful lot of wedding photography out there that is going to date very quickly. Bring back crisp, natural colours, I say!
Post # 14
starfish0116: I can’t agree with you more! All wedding photos will look dated eventually because of fashion and decorating trends, of course, but it’s important to me to at least have clear photos as opposed to pictures with a distracting lens flare peeking out of the corner or a shot of just a guest’s torso holding a mason jar cup with a cute straw so that I have to guess whose torso that is in 20 years.
Post # 15
purrrbaby: Check out Tincan Photography. I went to college with Erin (the owner) and she is AMAZING. Also, check out James & Company, based out of Huntsville, AL. They will travel to Atlanta. Neither of these photographer use lens flare/filters in their work.