(Closed) Carys mini photoshoot(craigslist vendor) what do you think

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

I am a little confused… You only got 1 photo for $50? The location is pretty boring, over editted, looks like the photo is a touch soft, like not in focus. Not just anyone can be a wedding photographer. I am a portrait photographer by the way 😀

Post # 4
3120 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@brokeninnj:  Cute photo, but I wouldn’t book someone who canceled last minute.

Post # 5
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@brokeninnj:  I don’t like the editing at all, the child is so cute and it looks like the photographer got lucky with a cute pose and then proceeded to ruin it. Have you ever seen kids use those online editing programs that have a option called blurr? They often use it on their faces to hide imperfections but end up making the photo look washed out and fake. I wouldn’t trust this photog 

EDIT: My mother was a wedding photographer and did a few other things as well, like maternal and family portraits. Photograohy was probably one of my more expensive choices for our wedding as I am very particular. However, I think even at your price range their is more skill to be found 


Post # 7
9114 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

50 dollars for one photo? The photo is cute (I am not a fan of selective coloring, it’s very 70’s 80’s to me) but it isn’t worth 50 dollars.

Post # 8
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Your daughter is adorable, but the editing of the photo seems very outdated and young to me. I looked at her website, and it does not appear that she has done any weddings. I honestly, would not feel comfortable booking her for a wedding. There are just too many variables. 

Post # 9
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d wait to see the CD before booking her again!

Post # 10
6573 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Your daugther is adorable, and because of that I want to see her…not a pink bow!

My personal opinion as a wedding and portrait photographer is that I would run for hills away from any photographer who does selective coloring (b&w with just one thing in color). It’s super dated, and in photography world considered really cheesy. It’s the first red flag on how to spot an amature photographer. 

Selective coloring aside, the overall comopsition and editing isn’t pro level. Her B&W is very flat, and she has way over edited the skin. Your daughter is super cute and I’m sure you love every photo of her because it’s your daughter and she’s adorable. However, I definitely wouldn’t book this person for a wedding. Editing and skill aside, I wouldn’t do business with a vendor who cancelled last minute. It would have to be a VERY important reason for me to cancel a client session at all, let alone last minute. 

Post # 11
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

It looks like she might not know how to use the camera very well or has limited gear as there is very little subject isolation and it isn’t very sharp. Also not a good sign she cancelled last minute. 

Post # 12
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Selective color is seriously awful. The whites are blown and the focus on the eyes (most important thing to be in focus) is soft. This is the sort of thing that is super common on Craigslist. The website is actually better than what I was expecting, but you can tell they rely on post processing gimics to mask some of the problems in composition and basic technical skills. If photography is truly important to you I’d stear clear.

Post # 13
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

In photography the most important thing is the eyes.  If the eyes aren’t clear nothing else matters.  Secondly, the shoes really worry me.  When things are hit by the flash to harshly we called that ‘hot’ in the business.  The shoes are to hot.  The reason you should be very worried about this is because your wedding dress I assume will me white or some shade of cream?  Very easy to make a wedding dress to ‘hot’ if you don’t know what your doing.  I would be afraid my wedding dress would be blown out in the images then what?

Take a look at this link which may give some food for thought about finding a good photographer.


Post # 14
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

This is not professional work. I would never in a million years hire this person to shoot my wedding if they aren’t able to properly capture a portrait (where they can control the setup and lighting).

Also, most of the work on her site is either stolen or stock photo, and I’m going to lean toward stolen. You can see below in the photos that google images returns many sources for the images on her site and none of it leads back to Maybelle Gracia Photography. This kind of thing disgusts me.


Post # 15
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@mariematt:  oh wow Im disgusted this person would steal images as well. What is wrong with our industry? 🙁


Post # 16
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would run. Far away. There’s no way I would hire this person to take pictures of my wedding.

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