Post # 1
My fiance and I are going to be having an Indian wedding. Indian weddings are usually 3 days long, and there are A LOT of details and traditions to capture. Thus, I am looking for a photographer who is skilled in Indian weddings and is familiar with what to capture and how to capture it. Additionally, I’m looking for a photographer that will take great candids and posed pictures. I’m looking to relive the wedding through these pictures rather than just have them to look at after the wedding is over.
Right now my fiance and I are trying to choose between Ambiance Studios http://ambiancestudios.com/ and Timothy Whaley http://www.twaphoto.com/. Ambiance Studios is a husband/wife duo. They do everything from the actual coverage to the editing to running the entire business. Timothy Whaley, on the other hand is a company w/ many different phtographers for you to choose from. WIth Timothy Whaley, you sign the contract and then they match you up with a photographer based on your needs and your personality. If you don’t like the person that they matched you up with then you can always meet with another photographer. And if you don’t like any of the people you met with they’ll give you your money back as long as its w/in 30 days of signing the contract.
They both have done Indian weddings in the past, and my fiance and I like both of their work. I’ve looked up reviews for both of them, and they’re both very highly rated.
My fiance and I just don’t know who will do a better job. Obviously, we’re going to have these pictures forever and we want them to be the best they can possibly be.
Please help us pick!! Any feedback/advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
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 # 4
@MissNumbers: Thank you very much for your honest feedback! It was so helpful! Given that we have 6 wedding events over the course of 3 days and require multiple photograpehrs for some of the events, my fiance and I set a budget of $8,000. I would love any refferals you have that would fit our budget. Thank you again!
Post # 5
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
@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
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.
Post # 8
Thank you very much for your feedback! Hearing from someone in the business themselves is more than my my fiance and I could’ve ask for. Can I ask if you know of any photographers in the Chicagoland area whom you would recommend using?
Post # 9
Thank you for your suggestion! I’m looking at the link you sent me right now! 🙂
Post # 10
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.