(Closed) Help me pick a photographer!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which do you prefer?

    Camille Catherine

    Charlie Shin

  • Post # 2
    275 posts
    Helper bee

    I like the first. The second uses too many effects/filters IMO. Meet with both and go with your gut! I ended up going with a more expensive photographer over another who was less expensive. They had similar quality in photos but I liked the more expensive one’s personality more.

    Post # 3
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I like Camille’s better. I’m not a big fan of filters. But you’re the one who gets to enjoy them for the rest of your life, so pick the photographer you like. 🙂

    Post # 4
    55 posts
    Worker bee

    If I had to chose between those 2 based on asthetics alone, I’d pick the first one. The 2nd guy adds waaaaay too much vignetting, the first photo on his homepage slideshow was overexposed, etc. Camille’s photos seem much more relaxed and natural…she doesn’t seem like she does much editing..some people prefer that look, but I prefer a bit more pop in my photos.  But before you make a decision, definitely meet whichever photographer you are thinking of hiring..it’s just as important for you to click with them as it is for you to like their style. 

    Post # 5
    3423 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999


    Post # 6
    6300 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Definitely #1 – her work is more clean and consistent.


    Post # 7
    229 posts
    Helper bee

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    ajbates:  Before I give my thoughts… Given how different the two you posted are, it looks like you might be deciding based on price, and I think you should look at price later.  First I think you really need to think about your preferences – what makes a photograph “really good” to you?   go look at a lot of wedding photography blogs and see what images get your heart racing.  do you love a dramatic black and white?  stunning detail shots?  beautifully lit posed portraits?  candid captures of moments of true emotion?  

    what about editing style?  do you like a sharp crisp clean look?  a more matte or hazy look?  do you want it to look like a magazine shoot?  if so, which magazine?  do you like lots of black and whites or prefer color?  

    and how is your venue / photography going to be?  is your event taking place in the daytime and shots are outside?  or is it a dimly lit church with no flash allowed?

    These are important things to know.  For me for example, I like a crisp clean look, with photos that really pop, and wanted someone who really knew their way around lighting as it may be dark and we might need some.  What’s most important to me is to capture beautiful portraits of us with our loved ones, as well as images from the ceremony and toasts.  So I chose someone whose editing style worked with that, who knows weddings inside and out as she does a ton, who has a professional level camera that can handle low light, and who has a lot of experience with off camera flash.

    So my for preferences, neither of those photographers were appealing.  The second, he had a lot of black & whites and did a lot of selective darkening/lightening for dramatic effect, some beautiful images, but not really my style preference.  The first seems to be a “natural light” photogapher, almost no images she posted were taking indoors and the one that was looked a bit grainy which made me think she didn’t use a flash.  She had a lot of detail shots, but to me those are not useful as they are pretty easy to get right, you can stage it however you want, your subject isn’t moving, etc.  Also, her editing style seems to include a lot of haze which I know is popular right now but just isn’t my style preference, I like that pop!

    But my preferences don’t matter!  it’s yours that matter!  Spend some time googling “wedding photography [name of your venue(s)] and see what photographers have done there and what looks good to you and what editing styles appeal to you and what types of photographs appeal and then look for someone strong in that.  If you really love candids for example, you want someone who says they have a “photojournalistic” approach to weddings.  If your venue is dark, avoid anyone who says they are a “natural light” photographer.

    Hope that helps!  good luck with your search!

    Post # 8
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    The first one for sure. The second one looks like they edited the photos in instagram…

    Post # 9
    1089 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    ajbates:  First off: Thank you so much for this poll b/c I am also looking for a photograoher in this area and these are 2 great options!

    Not to beat a dead issue but those filters and effects that Mr.Shin favors are just too much for me. I prefer more natural looking photos that will use sunshine and ‘built-in’ backgrounds to accentuate me and my Fiance. 

    Post # 10
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015 - City Hall NYC

    I like them both…

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