(Closed) Is this a Quality Photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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1844 posts
Buzzing bee

I think it might be the style of the photos you are getting caught up on instead of the work, I understand what you meant about the featured wedding tab, some of the pictures are a bit alternitive, but her photos are nice. I would say go with her based off your experience with ther engagement photos and the fact that you can always tell a photographer what kind of pictures you want and they can usually accomodate if you have examples. 

Post # 5
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609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I actually love her work and think you are getting a great deal. If you see specific styles, etc that you are not a fan of, make that clear and clearly communicate what you DO want. 

Post # 6
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739 posts
Busy bee

The short answer is yes, I think for that price she is competent.

I am highly educated in all things wedding photography and I will give you my honest answer.

Her composition is good and you can see that she puts thought into the images she is making. Her toning is timeless and consistent. But, I do see huge flaws in her/their work as well. The first is that almost all of the images on her site are shot using natural light. She knows how to work with it and use it, which is a good thing. The only problem is that the reception stuff or darker situations is not all that great. It doesn’t look like she knows how to handle anything but good lighting situations. If your wedding is outside in the late afternoon/evening and you don’t care that much about having quality reception photos then I would say go for it. The second issue is they have A LOT of out of focus shots on their website which is supposed to be a collection if their best work. At least half of the shots in the featured wedding I looked out were good moments but completely out of focus.

 

Post # 7
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814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

She seems new and inexperienced, but she has some talent. For that price you’re getting a steal. Like PP said though, if you won’t have natural light available at the ceremony/reception, you might run into trouble.

Post # 8
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1327 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, I would say her photos are beautiful in general, as in they are clean, crisp photos with a very bright but natural colour and feel to them. I like photos that look real as in not over edited or over processed. She also seems to have a good eye for artistic feel and lightening to her photos without over doing it. Her photos are very similar in style to the photographer I used and I am over the moon with how well my photos turned out. I have seem some very bad wedding photos, hers aren’t one of them.

I do agree with PP about her poor lighting in the indoor photos, so you may want to take that into consideration. I didn’t have any indoor photos taken so that wasn’t a concern with my own wedding.

Post # 11
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389 posts
Helper bee

You may ask if they have any indoor lights –

receptions can be dark and “orangy” using flash.  She should have some additional light for the dance floor and a diffuser so that the indoor shots are not stark, but softer.  I think she’s good.  The price is very fair.   

Post # 12
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739 posts
Busy bee

@LiseRamosMorales You can’t just expect this photographer to go spend $$$$ on lights she has no idea how to use because your expectations are higher.

Photography is an art form. It takes the right tools and years of training to know how to do it correctly. Most people I see on this board who are happy with their photos are because their expectations of the photographer were totally skewed.

It would be like handing you a skillet and then expecting you to make me a five-star dinner.

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

Ultimately it depends on what your expectations are.  Her pricing is in line with her skill level.

Post # 15
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739 posts
Busy bee

I wasn’t being snarky, If she HAD these things, then she would already be using these things. Not huffy at all, there is a lot of not great advice out there from people who don’t really know what they are talking about. I just pointed out that it’s not the photographers financial responsibility to go buy expensive equipment and training to met the brides expectations. The photographer should be hired based off their photographic ability and the images you see on their website is what you should expect your photos to look like. Hoping, directing, giving list, etc isn’t going to make a photographer capture your wedding “better”.

I have a tell it how it is the attitude in life and I’m sorry if it offends some. I would rather give a bride solid realistic advice then hear later she was disappointed in her photos because her expectations were unrealistic. I understand budgets and I know not everyone can afford a top photographer, but if photography is really important to someone I hope they get the best photographer they can afford.

My husband and I run a wedding photography studio full-time, we both have degrees from the top photography school in the nation, I’ve planned a wedding, dealt with hiring a photographer, and at the end of a long day, I spend my free time giving brides advice on this board.

 

 

Post # 16
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t say she’s bad. But I wouldn’t say she’s great. I’d say she fits in the price range she’s at, for being based in Federal Way.

Honestly, the question is: would you care if your photos were out of focus?

What annoys me, is that there’s no blog on her site (that I noticed in a quick peek). You can’t tell if the better wedding photos are more recent (meaning she’s improving) or not.

Good luck!

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