(Closed) Help me review a photographer…

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A photographer’s quality of photos is going to determine their price.  These are by no means worth paying $5000 for or show as such quality.  They remind me of my photographer a little and I’m on a very strict budget, so I know I’m getting what I pay for, and I am perfectly okay with that.  I would like to know what she would be paying for this photographer and what all she is getting before making too much of a judgement.  Photos were not my absolute #1 priority either, as it is with most brides. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I find a lot of them to be blurry and over-saturated.  Not a big fan.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@GamersBride:  There are definitely a few blurry ones in that set, and why would a photog do that if they have better pics?

 

I would tell your friend to ask to see shots from an entire wedding and then consider off of those instead of the website’s gallery.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There are prices on there, but they are kind of hard to figure out.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Honestly, the quality of these photos reminds me of my own wedding photos, some better or more interesting, quite a few worse (I didn’t have any as blurry as some of his featured photos, or from so far away that you can’t see the people’s faces).

I would not have hand-picked my photographer out of the billions out there — but I love our photos, which were free because he was family, because they are an honest depiction of our day, beauty and bumps! (I have come to love our photos, period.) Similarly, I would not pick this one out of the billions, because there are, factually speaking, better photographers out there.

If she pays this person to photograph her wedding, she will have some valued memories and some disappointing photos. If she has the budget, I’d keep looking; if not, I don’t think she’s going to look back and cry or anything as dramatic as that!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not a photography expert but I just wanted to say ew at that shoe pic in the gallery section- the heels are dirty and scraped up, why would the photographer think it’s a good idea to take a detail pic?  Kind of makes me think that an eye for detail is lacking. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Some of them are blurry and I don’t really like the lighting in many of the outdoor shots.  If you look at her calendar she doesn’t have very many Saturdays booked so I’d guess she might not have that much experience.  Just a thought. 

I’d find out what she costs.  If I was guessing I’d put her around $1000 range or so for a “package price” (based upon my browsing of photographers).  It sounds like she has the budget, so I’d go with someone better and probably more expensive.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@GamersBride:  This photographer is not a wedding photographer. They have wedding photos, of course, but notice that there is no blog. That is concerning because I have no way of really gauging how often they shoot weddings, how old the photos are that are presented on the site, etc. From her website you’d like this photographer does a heavy mix of weddings and kids/family shoots. But if you hop over to the facebook page, with the exception of one wedding back in January, the last wedding related thing I see was in August 2012 and that was a bridal shoot, not even an actual wedding (it could easily be a friend in a dress modeling for photos). I have to scroll back to March 2012 to see another wedding from them. The rest of it is kids/prom photos and they are all over the place in terms of style and editing. 

If your friend has an open budget I would absolutely not recommend hiring someone who doesn’t actually have much wedding experience/doesn’t focus on weddings. They are a whole different animal than posed portraiture so your friend should focus on photographers with a lot of wedding experience. If you can let me know what state/general metro area you are in I would be happy to recommend some stellar photographers to check out so your friend can compare this to what really great wedding photography looks like. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I see that the photog is in Port Lavaca. Is your friend getting married there? If so, I’d strongly suggest widening her search to Victoria, then to Corpus Christi or even South Houston. You’re right that things are a lot cheaper down there than in other parts of the country.

I used a photographer out of Alvin (formerly of Galveston, which he traveled to for our 1.5-hour session) for my post-wedding photos and I know he’s quite inexpensive for weddings (his portfolio isn’t huge, and his style is unusual but IMO very cool) and was fun to work with. PM for info if you want.

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