Post # 1
So, looking to get any perspective on Sondra Ralston (photographer). We’re considering booking her for our date, but when I asked her for client references, she said that she doesn’t give out client information due to privacy concerns. And I can’t really find any reviews online. From her website http://www.sondraralstonphotography.com , I get the impression she’s probably a new(er) photographer, but I’m obviously not 100% with booking her if I can’t talk to someone who’s already used her services!
WI bees – have you or anyone you know used Sondra Ralston for photography/any experience with her? Any information is helpful!
We are meeting with her soon, so I think I might just ask her to have her clients contact ME, b/c I want some references yo.
Post # 3
Oh, sorry, and I believe she’s located in Appleton, but I’m in MKE, so I’m assuming her work is centralized in SE WI.
Post # 4
Hmm, I haven’t heard of her, but I’m in Chicago so that’s not saying much.
I’m wondering why she doesn’t give you client testimonials, though. Is there no way for her to do this by having them write reviews that she posts on her site?
This may be obvious, but have you tried Googling her? It seems strange that she wouldn’t be willing to give out testimonials when she has weddings on her site.
Post # 5
I did a quick google search (the pics on her website look lovely!) and found a link to a weddingbee board where one of the bees used her. Perhaps you could contact that bee? http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-milwaukee-wedding-9211
Here’s a review on wedding channel: http://local.weddingchannel.com/Wedding-Vendors/Sondra-Ralston-Photography-Profile?ProfileId=433968
Good luck! Let us know what you find out!
Post # 6
This is probably too late to be helpful, but Sondra did my wedding photos last month and so far, I’m very happy with how they’re turning out (I’ve only seen the ones on her blog). I loved my engagement photos and really felt like she captured the dynamic of my husband and me. I didn’t have a huge budget for wedding photography, but I thought she was extremely reasonable for the quality of her work. Her base price for our package was $700 and that included up to 10 hours of coverage, an engagement session, and print rights up to 5×7. We decided to upgrade to an 8×10 print release for $200 more once we realized how great our photos were turning out and how we’d want to reprint them in the future. She’s just a very nice person to work with…responds to e-mails in a timely manner, showed up to our engagement session and wedding even a little early, and I feel like she’s very thoughtful on how she takes pictures. She really looks for a good shot. It wasn’t like she was taking a lot of pictures and hoping they’d be in focus or capture something great. She was very focused. Extremely professional. At our reception, we finally had to ask her to sit down and eat (and she didn’t request that we had to feed her…we told her we wanted to). I looked at a bunch of different photographers for similar prices in Milwaukee and many of them had a lot of photos that were over-exposed or out of focus. Every shot that she gave us on our dvd of our engagement photos was great and I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve had on them. I 100% enthusiastically recommend her to you or anyone else looking for a photographer in WI.
Post # 7
I would not recommend Sondra Ralston Photography. She did a good job with our engagement pictures but I feel like she gave up at our wedding. We didn’t get a lot of important shots captured. I would look elsewhere….
Post # 8
Looking back, and I saw that I never replied to this. Thanks for the suggestions, by the way. After our initial meeting with her, we decided (immediately) to not go with her. She seemed like a nice person and her pictures were great, but what she offered for the price was not at all what I was looking for. In addition, the meeting was incredibly awkward. She made me feel like I was pushy and weird for asking questions (again w/ the client testimonial thing), and when we started to say our goodbyes, she left SO quickly. It was like she couldn’t get away from us quickly enough. Needless to say, not a good vibe. Our photographers that we booked ended up being amazing though, so it all worked out for the best.