Would you pick either of these? Please help!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer would you choose
    Option #1 : (5 votes)
    11 %
    Option #2 : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Neither you can find better : (26 votes)
    58 %
    Option #1 if this is all you can get but could do way better : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Option #2 if this is all you can get but could do way better : (6 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
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    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    #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
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    2419 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
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    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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 # 8
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    4884 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    #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 # 10
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    6200 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    what is your photography budget?

    Post # 12
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    4884 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would look into these options (which I found based on googling in your area):

    http://www.gleasonphotoblog.com/

    http://www.jessicablex.com/blog/

    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 # 15
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    395 posts
    Helper bee

    I would not hire George street. It’s a Craigslist wedding mill. 

    Post # 16
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    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @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.

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