(Closed) Help with Choosing a Photographer

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Very nice.  A lot of her pictures almost have a “vintage” vibe to them, at least the engagement sessions. 

Post # 4
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I quite like her work.  If it fits in your budget and YOU like it, I’d got for her!  🙂

Post # 5
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

As a photographer I’m probably more critical than most.  Is there another photographer you are choosing between?  $1200 unfortunately doesn’t give you a lot to choose from in most markets, and her work is about on par with that amount.  She’s got some decent compositions, but her processing isn’t to my personal taste.  In her examples I think she’s either over done it, or under did it if you catch my drift.  You’ll have to ask yourself if her style of editing is something that 20 years from now you’re going to look at and feel it’s classic, or trendy for the time.  Her website also could use a lot of work, and really tells me knowing about her personality, or approach towards photography (all of which are extremely important in weddings).  My suggestion is if you haven’t already met with her, meet her, see if you like her in person, and ask to see a full wedding from her.  

Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@lindsayandchris09:  This second website is cleaner looking, but I think I’d be less confident in this photographer.  Quite a few of the links don’t go anywhere, and it looks like she has only shot one wedding.  I know all photographers start somewhere (we’ve been there too), but if photography is truly important to you I’d suggest trying to increase your budget to somewhere in the 2000-2500 range, which will probably open up a lot more options for you when it comes to experience and talent.  

Photographer 1 has more talent.  But their website hurts my eyes.  Their processing is not consistent.  Too much tiltly stuff, it looks amateurish to me.

Photographer 2 has a cleaner looking website, but parts of it are missing and they looks like they don’t have much experience.

Neither one of them would be options for me personally, but like I said before, being a photographer I am way more critical than most.  Sorry if my response sounds harsh, I really am not trying to bash either of them.  Everyone starts someplace.

Post # 9
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I like the second photographer only because the colour of the pictures looks more natural and like it hasn’t been processed. The first photographer has nice pictures, but I don’t like how some of the photos look like really over saturated in colour or really desaturated.

Post # 13
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@lindsayandchris09:  Well this style of photo editing is really not one I go for.  Over emphasis in the yellows, too contrasty (and I love contrast), and it appears that there is only one wedding in the portfolio.  Her website template isn’t making her photos look good either, and it’s another example of a photographer who has no blog, and no real statement of personality. She also looks like a family photographer, not someone experienced in weddings.  

Here’s a question for you, if budget wasn’t the big concern, what sort of photography would you be drawn to?

Post # 15
12 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I also agree with @continuumphotography. The processing isn’t natural, images aren’t super crisp, and there’s not a whole lot of depth perception.

The photographer websites suggest you’re in the SC area. There’s a photographer in NC (who says he travels around to SC sometimes and) who might fit your budget. His cheapest package is $1800, but I don’t know how many hours you will need, so it may also go into the $2000 range.


I found his name in a photography forum my Fiance subscribes to. I think he’s not too bad for an extra $600 above your budget. Good luck! I’m kind of having the same problem.

Post # 16
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Check out meettheburks.com.  I found them through Weddingbee and they worked with my budget/wants, plus they’re based out of NC but travel anywhere.  $1200 is a bit lower than their prices but email them and ask- Heather is super friendly and might be able to help you out.

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