Post # 1
I had to get out of a contract with an extremely unreliable and potentially untrustworthy photographer. So now (kinda late in the game) I am trying to decide on a new photographer.
Most of my ideal photographers are very out of my price range. I love artistic photos and you have to pay a lot for those!
So here are the two photographers that I am trying to decide between:
Jon Eilts Photography: http://jeilts2.eiltsphotography.com/?load=flash
Limelight Photography: http://limelightsanantonio.com/blog/
Which one would you go with?
Post # 3
The second photographer is better from a technical standpoint, but I don’t see actual weddings on their blog, just bridal portraits which makes me wonder if they have any wedding experience as a primary photographer. I also do not get a sense of who either photographer is from those websites, and personality plays a big role in wedding photography. I would skip them both.
$2500 (if that is your max budget) is usually a starting point for good photographers in my area. It might get you 5-6 hours plus a disc. I don’t know what the market is like in San Antonio or what you are expecting for that figure, but I can’t imagine that you couldn’t do a little better then these two.
Post # 4
@continuumphotography: What do you mean that they are better from a technical standpoint? I’m not sure that it matters to me whether their experience is as a first or second shooter. Jon Eilts I know for a fact is just starting off in the past year or two. My budget is low. It started off at $1500 and honestly I’m just spending money at this point that I don’t really have in order to bump up to this quality.
I am in love with a lot of photographers who have $2500 as their starting point. But the problem is that is a starting point. They’ll give me 5 hours, but I need about 7-8. I also think that I might be heartbroken if I don’t get engagement and bridal pictures done.
I definitely can’t imagine spending $2500 and money to go into debt for a photographer that does not provide an album, enough hours, and engagement or bridal sessions.
Post # 5
Does anybody else have any advice? This decision really sucks to make. Especially since I thought that I had found somebody great and they ended up being some sort of scam. 🙁
Post # 6
Without seeing wedidng shots, I can’t comment on the second; I like their work, but bridal portraits and engagement shoots are very different to wedding photography.
On that basis, I’d go with the first; whose work I do like, I think they have a few ‘arty’ shots in there, which is what you want, whereas I saw no evidence of arty shots with the second.
Post # 7
Personally I prefer the first photographer. Although it is difficult as the second one only had bridal portraits. I compared them on just these two types of photos and felt that the first one really captured who the bride was.
But all I can say really is make sure you are happy. Maybe have meetings with both of them? Ask them questions and see what work they bring with them to compare. Take notes as well so you can go back to them later. You may also find that you get on with one and not the other. Personality is a big thing as if you do not relax with your photographer now, you never will on your big day!
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Post # 9
Better from a technical standpoint as in I am seeing more photos correctly exposed, in focus, better composed etc. I understand that your budget is low, but if you can afford $2500 for say 5 hours of coverage you may be able to increase their coverage length down the road when you are closer to the date. 5 hours with an excellent skilled photography trumps 7-8 hours with someone who is inexperienced and/or not as talented. I think you will be more heartbroken if you don’t love your wedding photos than you will be if you don’t have engagement and bridal photos.
A lot of people tend to think that if a photographer can pull off a good portrait than they are going to be fine at weddings. The truth is portraiture is very low pressure, you have time to set things up, time to work the light to your advantage, and if things aren’t perfect the worst case scenario is you do a re-shoot. Weddings are unpredictable. Than can be a smooth ride or a bucking bronco, and you have to be able to handle both. A lot of people can’t adapt to how fast paced they are.
I’m definitely not suggesting anyone go into debt, but I look at it from a perspective of you have one single chance to get good wedding photos. You can always take an engagement or bridal session later. You can always buy an album later. Any photographer offering all of what you are looking for in the $1500-2500 range is either of dubious quality, poor business sense, or new to the point where you’re taking a gamble on their services.
I’m not telling you any of this to be discouraging, I am simple saying that if it were me I’d continue looking beyond these two. If you love their work and feel confident in their abilities then go for it!
Post # 10
I didn’t look at either portfolio and I’ll tell you why, a good photographer lies not on those pages, but in what they bring out in you, choose the one you feel comfortable and most genuinely connected with, I have literally had thousands of pictures taken of me, by lots of different photographers, there are only two, that I let shoot me now because they bring out what make me …well, me. A woman should be at her most genuine on her wedding day, hire the one you feel you can do that with.
Post # 11
I think I like this Zachary Hunt better that Jane mentioned above!
Post # 12
Matthew Moore (all day is $3300, you just ask for less than all day)
I’d go to StyleMePretty.com and look up all the Austin/SA weddings. Then if I like a style of photography, I’d go to that photographer’s blog. If they don’t list a price it doesn’t hurt to email them saying you want X hour of coverage or I have $2500 what can you get me.
Post # 13
I really like that Zachary Hunt one actually.
Post # 14
I thought the first photographer didn’t have very good pictures- his posing was awkward but most of all, the pictures were really grainy and low-quality appearing. The second has more crisp and vivid quality pictures. I would personally go for the second one, all the way.
Post # 15
I voted for the first one… i wasnt’ looking so much at poses because I think that has as much to do with you two as with him… but I just found myself enjoying those photos more. Seemed like they had more character, more interesting.
Goodluck!!! I had a hard time picking mine too
Post # 16
Not a big fan of either, to be honest… I see many errors with both. I would look elsewhere. Sent you a PM with suggestions.
Good advice from Continuum, as usual…