(Closed) Can't Decide on a Wedding Photographer

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I interviewed at Timothy Whaley when I was looking for a photog and I would never use them. The main reason I wouldn’t use them is because your photographer might quit last minute and you’d be left with a stranger at your wedding. I personally wanted someone I knew owned the business and also someone I would be comfortable with when I was getting dressed. I’m also going to give you another example of why I wouldn’t use a company like TW…I interviewed the owner of a company and the photographer “assigned” to us was a women named Gina who had a mohawk and was wearing baggy jeans & a hoodie. I’m sure Gina was a good photographer, but if she wears that to a meeting then what will she wear to my black-tie wedding? (Gina wasn’t at TW, it was another company)

I’ve never heard of Ambiance Studios, which kind of worries me because I looked at a ton of photographers and interviewed 6-7 companies when I was searching. I suggest that you look at the Chicago boards if you haven’t already. I posted a ton there when I was looking and I know other girls have too. 

Also if you have a budget range in mind, I might be able to give you some names to look at. I know I axed a lot of photographer because they were out of my range.

Post # 5
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Well my budget was $6k, but I only needed 12 hours. I’m unsure if these people offer the 3 day package for you but they were all under my budget…

– Jimmy Tan (I’m using him)

– Yamashiro Studios (He was my second pick for sure, great guy, lots of experience, seemed flexible on his prices)

– Miller+Miller (great work & decent prices but they were booked 18 months out from our wedding date)

– Maggie Rife (I don’t know if she would have the experience to do an Indian wedding, I also just checked her website & she up’d her prices since we talked to her)

– Misha Media

– Jai Girard (For sure does Indian weddings, he was high-priced for us so he might be over your budget, his work was amazing but we never met him)

 

Post # 6
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@manishabais:  I’m sitting here at my computer working on day two’s blog post from an Indian wedding we just shot.  Indian weddings are all about family and friends.  I can’t conceive of hiring a big studio to do an Indian wedding… no matter what they tell you the personal connection between you and photographer will not be as tight.  I’m looking over the photos of this wedding and we felt like we were part of the family.  We spent 22 hours with the couple over two days.  Go with the people you’d be most likely to make that personal connection with.  Having lived and shot weddings in Chicago (just got back from one last weekend), I’m here to tell you that TW is not in high regard by other independent photographers.  You’re going to get a much more personalized experience by going with a husband and wife team.

Your budget is high enough to afford better photographers than the two links you’ve provided too FWIW.

 

Post # 7
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135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not sure how many Indian weddings he has done but our photographer, Jeremy Lawson is awesome!!!! His pictures are amazing and he is a super nice guy.

 

http://jeremylawsonphotography.com/

 

 

Post # 10
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Aside from self-recommending ourselves, Jeremy Lawson is indeed good (although he has a very quirky approach).  Olivia Leigh is my favorite Chicago photographer, but I’m not sure if you could get her for two days at 8K, but she’s awesome.

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