(Closed) Is this Good Quality Photography?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think they are beautiful pictures. Its all about what you want. Honestly I think $2000 is way too much but maybe that is good for your area. We are only paying $900 for 8 hours of coverage and all rights to the finished pics.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@FutureJessicaMcB: The photography skill is solid, but the style is quite traditional (lots of posing, flash, etc). So ask yourself if that’s the style you want or if you want something more natural/journalistic.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

They are nice pictures- I like a more subdued color, not quite my style. That’s probably why someone said they are “elopement’y”. 2k does sound very expensive, what is the USD equivalent? 1,000 per hour is ridiculous…. I can hire fantastic people for 300/hr or much less.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m being picky, but I prefer natural light photos. On a few of these I’m seeing a flash off the dress and skin. I realize you sometimes need flash, but it’s severe looking.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It is not my style (I prefer softer, natural light, more candid/natural poses) but the quality of the photos themselves are crisp, bold, and solid.

Regardless of the caliber of photography, $2000 is still a LOT for only two hours. If you love the photography style, that is fine – but I would still say that their asking price is on the high end.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As PP’s have said, it’s pretty traditional but still nice, although not worth $2k on it’s own.

Side note, this sounds like an amazing deal for everything that you get with it, I would totally book it!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

wait 2k for 2 hours? It should be like 2k for 5 hours at least.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Banff is beautiful… We almost got married there as well and yes the photographers are most likely going to be pricy. The only thing that kinda bothered me was the flash/shadow in some pics! But in that case just do your pics during the day! Good Luck!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you like it, go for it!  This style may not be to everyone’s taste, but they are technically sound (things are in focus, the composition is good), if more traditional photos.  If you’re on the fence, try to set up some time on the phone, or on skype to chat with them.  That’s the most important thing, to feel comfortable with the people who will be following you around on your wedding day.  I would find out what that $2000 includes, as well.  If you get all the edited images and a great album, that’s a pretty reasonable cost (editing is a huge portion of a photog’s time after the fact).  I know everyone has a budget, but sometimes, it’s all about paying for convenience.  Sure, the package might cost a bit more for photography than finding someone on your own, but if it’s one-stop shopping, that’s an enormous time saver.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

As someone from your area, I agree that the price seems somewhat on par for Banff. A friend that eloped in Banff (but had some friends in attendance to watch) got a cheap photography deal because the girl was new at it, and it was $1500 for 2 hours. Granted, the photographer was willing to spend a lot more than 2 hours with them, but when you’re not having a reception how many photos of the two of you outside are really needed? Especially since you’re getting married in December.

The photos look professional and really, non-prof looking photos are the only thing that looks truly bad in my opinion. If you don’t love the pose-y style, maybe you could just tell the photographer that you’d love to have as many candids as possible. Or she could wash out the colours more in the editing process if that’s what you’re into.

I honestly think the package you’re getting in the area is a bangin’ deal!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@FutureJessicaMcB:  Sounds like a good deal to me, then.  I hope you like them after the consultation.  Good luck, and happy elopement!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I like it, they are using off camera strobes which is a step up from natural light portraits IMO.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

To the OP, I wouldn’t think much of the comments here on pricing as pricing in Canada is not the same as the US, and elopement packages are different than standard wedding packages.

@USER876: Off-camera strobes are great but I don’t see them as a step up or down, just a totally different style. I have the technical skill and equipment to do these shots but I think they’re more suited to formal portraits (which many of these are) over event coverage. Elaborate light set-ups and constant flashes are obtrusive, especially with something like an elopement where they may only be 5 or so people there. My favorite photographers are those who mix flash and natural light – I don’t think I’d want a photographer who just only delivers one type.

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