Wow this is difficult. I know some other photographers have chimed in here, and their advice is valuable – we know the industry and we know what is good shooting vs what is good (or bad) photoshop.
I think you have two good photographers, but I think they are overpriced for their experience/what they’re offering, especially if you’re not in a metropolitan area. I wasn’t charging nearly that price with less than 2 years experience. New photographers do their research and price themselves according to their area and what others are charging but don’t necessarily consider pricing themselves according to others with the same experience and skill they have. It doesn’t mean they deserve to be priced that high.
Some things to consider . . .
Stephanie – Nice photos, but her focus seems to be on detail shots and portrait shots that are set up. This can be good or bad depending on what you’re hoping for in a photographer – she seems to do better with settings she can control, but weddings aren’t that way at all. If you want moments and emotion you might not get that as much as you would with another photographer.
West Kenya – this photographer’s editing is ALL over the place (different styles from post to post) and i see blown out highlights in every single post, which is a problem if you’re considering having anything printed (they’ll come out as big white detail-less splotches in the print). I think this photographer has talent when it comes to candid shooting, but it looks like they’re making up for some technical issues with (inconsistent) photoshop techniques.
A note to ALL brides out there!
Husband and wife teams sound great, and sometimes they really are great, but I’ve noticed a TON of photo teams out there advertising themselves as a team with the same level of experience and talent and it’s just not the case. This is a really easy way for photographers to price their packages higher than their skill level (“two photographers for the price of one!”) and it seems really appealing to have two shooters instead of one. The truth is, many of these duos consist of one good photographer and one who comes along but this isn’t their field of expertise, it’s not something they do professional, etc. You think you’re getting two shooters who shoot the same way and you end up with double the “meh” photos. There are other teams out there who both do it full time, they were photographers before they met each other, they share the same passion for it, and they’re WONDERFUL and worth the extra money. I just see so many couples get duped by the husband/wife team and end up disappointed because half of their photos are just mediocre. You really only NEED two photographers if you have a large wedding (150+ guests) – otherwise I’d invest in one really fantastic shooter. If you come across a team, find out what each photographer’s experience is individually. If they’re just a part time helper, I wouldn’t consider that a bargain.
Another note – like USER mentioned, take The Knot awards and other wedding website awards with a grain of salt. Photographers pay thousands of dollars to be listed on those sites and they don’t discriminate – if you’re a really bad photographer but have the money to blow they’ll list you right alongside phenomenal photographers. I don’t have anything to do with those sites because I disagree with featuring and leading folks to bad photographers just because they have the money to blow.