Post # 1
Ok Bees, so we need to book our photographer (yes i know we have 13 months) but we are down between two photographers who each have the same weekend available in october 2014! Yup thatd be our wedding weekend! and both have us “Penciled” in on that day but not “officially booked”….and both have atleast one other bride bidding for that weekend….and both need an awnser of yes or no by next week!! either that or they are going to book one of the other girls….so obviously we need to decide if we want either of these
both photographers are similiar price wise and both in our budget…..both have style aspects we like….both in our area and both can do our wedding and accomodate what we want (Two shooters, engagement session, ideal about shooting the wedding day, both offer getting ready and reception packages that are in our budget!) We are having a hard time choosing because these were initially 2 of our runner ups when choosing photography, our number one choice when we finally got around to prices was breath takingly out of our budget by several thousand dollars, and also she is booked solid until december 2014, so now we are diverting and im learning to get prices sooner then later to avoid this problem again…..(I know some people say thats rude but we just can not afford 9k on wedding photography and still have a wedding)
here are links to both photographers (its their facebooks because apparently now days it is more common for photographers to upload more examples of their work onto facebook then on their blogs and websites….every photographer i know is doing this now!)
Photographer option #1:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151428383938518.502929.376045888517&type=3
and photography option #2: https://www.facebook.com/PrairieStarPhotography/photos_stream
or should we keep looking….there are a few that we could also go with….but these have been the best soo far….
what do you think ladies??? any opinions…
I want the good the bad and the ugly….because i have no idea what Im doing im just looking for ones who do photos i like and price wise….
Post # 3
Sorry to say I voted neither. Would your first choice photographer (the costly, already booked one) be able to recommend someone to you?
Post # 4
#2’s photos of the nighttime reception are… not right. I am not a photographer, I just looked at a ton of portfolios, so I don’t know what’s wrong with them, but they look like they were shot on a point and shoot.
#1 seems to use a lot of heavy editing to cover up mistakes.
I would personally keep looking. Neither seem in any way professional quality. If I were you, I would be willing to let certain things go (even an engagement shoot) to up the quality. Where are you located, maybe some bees can offer reccommendations?
Post # 5
Neither of them. For sure, I see no evidence of professional photography on show and certainly, a decent photographer does not use Facebook as their exclusive portfolio.
#1 is just plain amateurish. Clearly they have discovered the vignette filter but equally clearly, are muddled about why.
#2 is worth running for the hills to avoid. They have not yet cluttered their head with the first principles of flash or night-time photography. Neither do they seem to recognise camera shake which is woefully apparent in far too many of their displayed pictures. These are absolutely elementary issues.
Quite frankly, your Uncle Bob could probably do a better job.
Post # 6
Agree with the consensus here. #1 has a lot of exposure and lighting problems, and is way overreliant on that vignette. Also, there are no candids at all (ceremony or reception) in the portfolio, which throws up a red flag.
#2’s shots are blurry, and the reception shots are terrible — no better than guest snapshots! They’re blurry, grainy, composition is bad, and most of them are completely unflattering to the subjects. Does this look like a professional wedding photo to you?
My advice would be to sacrifice hours and a second shooter to get a talented, experienced photographer within your budget.
Post # 7
thanks for the advice everyone…the more i look at them the more i wonder if i should keep looking….
Post # 8
#1 lacks basic exposure skills, and the editing is atrocious.
#2 is not even remotely in focus, so that is one that I’d really run from.
Neither of these show a basic skill level of anyone who should be doing wedding photography. I agree with others that I would find some other area to sacrifice to be able to up the budget if needed. If it was between either of these and not having a photographer I’d say go with #1 because at least most of the photos are in focus. However, I’d really try to keep looking.
Post # 9
thanks everyone…i am currently looking at other photographers….however i have no idea what im looking for so there maybe several of these….
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
what is your photography budget?
Post # 11
@MeiFrancis: Ideally we would like to stay around $3,500 or cheaper we can stretch to 4 if necessary…..but our two most expensve parts of our wedding are going to be photography and food…..everything is budgeted really cheaply…..to allow the biggest concession for photography and food, since we got our venus at such a cheap rate….
Post # 12
I would look into these options (which I found based on googling in your area):
Not sure what their price points are, but if you’re working with $3500 you’ve got a pretty decent budget. I would put the “stuff” out of mind, focus strictly on coverage and disk of images….getting the most amount of time you can. The extra stuff can all be purchased later, but what good is an album if you don’t love your images?
Post # 13
@starfish0116: thanks actually Jessica the 2nd one was my top choice….sadly she is booked up ….ill check out gleason….thank you though! thanks for the advice!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Post # 15
I would not hire George street. It’s a Craigslist wedding mill.
Post # 16
@kansas_nurse: Please don’t hire either of these photographers. If your budget is $3500 you can do sooooooo much better. Come back with some more options and we will help you sort through them! These first two are not professionals, end of story.