Help Choosing Wedding Photographer

posted 7 days ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which do you prefer?

    Kelly Margaret

    LCR Weddings

  • Post # 2
    381 posts
    Helper bee

    Right off the bat the first one to me is more saturated/vivid photo editing with the second one a little more washed out/less saturated.  I wouldn’t call them “airy” which almost adds a peachy tone to photos, but they are close to it. These kinds of photos are all the rage right now.

    I purposely wanted photos like your first photographer so I vote them, but it really is what is your preference. In the US the washed out or “airy” photographs are so common that it was hard to find a photographer that didn’t do them like that.

    Obviously the second is also highlighting stunning landscapes; if you are getting married somewhere with a dramatic backdrop maybe it would be good to have someone iwth experience like that. For me though, the photo edting was most important.  And that’s not to say the second photos aren’t beautiful (they are!), it’s just not what I was looking for.

    I think both take beauitful photos and the pricing seems reasonable. I don’t think you can go wrong with either! Sorry if that was no help!

    Post # 3
    319 posts
    Helper bee

    I think the editing and color saturation is very much up to your taste, but I love how the second photographer composes and structures the shots. There are some creative angles and I love the photos where the couple is farther away and the focus is on the landscape. So dramatic and beautiful!

    Post # 5
    51 posts
    Worker bee

    I’m assuming the first photographer doesn’t offer a second shooter? That would make a difference to me. All else being equal if you like both their portfolios (make sure to preview FULL galleries) and style, I think photos is also about capturing the right moments. Staging photos is a little easier but I was able to disqualify one photographer I really liked because their staged photos were wonderful but showed a lack of skill in action shots, low lighting, etc. that would have given me some pause.

    I personally like the more vivid style too because you can always edit down but it’s very difficult to edit in pixels where there are none or washed away/blown out on purpose. Not that I’d really do much to the photos but I do like fun filters for my personal enjoyment.

    Post # 6
    319 posts
    Helper bee

    Wow, Calgary is so beautiful! The main takeaway I’m getting from this post is that I need to visit! 🙂

    I think that the first photographer’s mountain/lake shots are beautiful, but I still have to go with the second – the composition is something that can’t be edited afterwards! They make the landscape seem both dramatic and dynamic, not just a backdrop. That’s a very personal call, though!

    Post # 7
    1257 posts
    Bumble bee

    I have no idea on composition and that (way above my head!), but I really hate how dull the mountains look in the second photographers pics. Unless it was taken during the fires and it was extremely smokey, they look so washed out and blah. 

    Have either shot at your venue before? If you are still looking, you can check instagram under the # and see who has shot there and check them too. 

    Post # 9
    1257 posts
    Bumble bee

    You are right those are some weird pics.. that second one especially lol. Ah well, it was worth a try! 

    Post # 10
    4786 posts
    Honey bee

    I think a second shooter is a must have, but personalities have a huge impact on your wedding and photos. I would set up a zoom call or coffee with each and see how you mesh with them. And I would ask Kelly what would it cost to add a second shooter.

    Post # 12
    5040 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Just by going with the photos and nothing else, I like Kelly Margaret’s work much better because I’m into more vibrant pictures. I don’t really like that look LCR has. I don’t know what it’s called but I see many photographers do this. 

    Post # 13
    6309 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @minnewanka:  Ok I’ll chime in from a wedding photographer’s perspective. For the record, I’m “light & airy” so not either of the styles you are looking at. 

    I think LCR is better from a conceptional/creative/compostion/emotion aspect, however their edits are a bit more on the darker/moody side which isn’t my preferred style for “forever images”. Kelly is more of clean/true-to-life editor, and her work is still lovely. It’s really going to boil down to what you can envision your wedding photos looking like, and who you enjoy personality wise.

    One thing I will touch on is your friend’s comment on being awkward and feeling they weren’t as fun. From the other side of the camera perspective, this is also a really difficult thing for photographers as well and why it’s SO KEY to choose someone whose work you love but also who you can get a good connection with. It’s possible that your friend was drawn to their style, but didn’t consider they might not be a great fit personality wise. 

    My style is a bit more on the romatic side – lots of snuggles, etc. I’m pretty clear in my online presence and info that my personality is laid back, but also very joking and outgoing – and that the idea client is someone who is also like that. Not because I can’t photograph or engage anyone – but because it’s a two way street if that makes sense. I really pride myself on being someone who can laugh and joke and really try and bring it out of most people, but there have absolutely been times where I’ve had a client book me because they liked my work but they just were not a great fit personality wise. Meaning, they were awkward no matter what I did (pulling out all my usual tricks) they just never warmed up. I can’t deliver you romatic images if you aren’t willing to take my prompts and be romantic. I kind of compare it to photographing little kids…at some point I can only do so much and they either laugh/smile/engage or they don’t. But I’m not a miracle worker. 😉 

    To add…I’d probably go with LCR. I think they have the stronger portfolio despite the editing. Also, Kelly not having a second shooter (which I think is fine if she can handle it) I don’t think for the same money it’s worth it.

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    Post # 14
    1530 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted for Kelly because I much prefer her consistently clean, vibrant editing style. LCR’s editing is trendier but isn’t consistent, some images are clean and vibrant, some are super over-edited and will look dated. But I agree with the above poster that overall the LCR portfolio is stronger in terms of composition. So I think it comes down to personal preference on the editing style and also how you like them in person.

    Post # 15
    2298 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve voted LCR for the following reasons:

    1) You’ve followed these guys work for 5 or 6 years and obviously love it.  And that is the most important thing.

    2) The prices for both are pretty much the same, but LCR give you a second shooter, allowing shots from multiple angles at the same time (e.g. when you walk up the aisle)

    3)  And this is purely my personal view, but while I like the colour saturation and clean lines of Kelly Margaret’s work, it was very conventional and each wedding looked pretty much the same as the one before, while LCR came up with some interesting angles and creative compositions.  Some people love conventional shots (my OH does, which is why we ended up with super-conventional undecided) and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I prefer something that is a little more surprising.

    Definitely have a chat with them – it doesn’t matter how brilliant a photographer is, if you feel uncomfortable talking to them, they’re not a good match.  If after that there is still no outstanding ‘best’ for you, then go for LCR for the second shooter.  And the fact that they must have something about them to make you follow their work for so long.

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