Post # 1
http://www.photographyanddesignbylauren.com/index2.php?v=v1#/home/ What do you think of her work? For about $1500 we would get her and a second photographer(2nd photographer has her own studio and they help each other out) 8 hours worth of time on the day, an engagement session, all images on high res dvd with printing rights, 12×12 album, and an online ordering gallery.
Post # 3
I think that is a good price…8 hours is a long time…for TWO photographers.
Plus all the hours of editing etc.
Best of luck!!
Post # 4
I like her style…and $1500 is a BARGAIN.
Post # 5
She seemed to be one of the better quality photographers for the price range. It seems like anyone I post who is less at $1500 or less gets critiqued pretty harshly for “bad lighting, poor editing, shadows on faces, etc.” Basically things that I wouldn’t normally see but then once it’s pointed out to me I kind of fixate on it.
Finding a good quality photographer on a smaller budget has been super hard to do. I would love to spend thousands on the most gorgeous pictures in the world but I’d rather have a nice home for our family instead so we obviously have to prioritize.
Post # 6
@SweetHoneyBee: I like! I’m like you, I don’t have a very detailed or technical eye for photography, and I think being happy with what you get and the price is way more important than if their technique is perfect. Maybe just ask to see a full set of photos from one wedding if/when you meet with her to make sure she gets the type of shots you want overall? I only say that because I’m not seeing a lot of photos in her wedding portfolio, but I didn’t do a lot of digging either.
Post # 7
Her post processing is all over the place and way too heavy at times. She’s about what I expect for $1500, and everyone get their start somewhere but she isn’t someone I’d want photographing me personally.
Post # 8
Thanks for your opinion ladies. I’ve contacted her and set up a meeting.
Like I said I’d like good quality pictures and I understand photography is an expensive business but it’s just not worth spending $5000+ when I could put that money toward something real and substantial.
Besides my money is going to go toward print and albums. I don’t need to spend thousands(before prints and albums) just for some photographer follow me around from 6am to 12am.
I don’t have a technical eye for photography, if it looks cool/pretty, I mesh with the person, and I get what I want for the money then I usually just go with it.
Thankfully we now have a list of four potential photographers (the only four we could find who were even willing with work with us on our budget)
Post # 9
There are some things that concern me – like someone else said, her editing style is really inconsistent. Many of the images are soft (not sharp focus) which often indicates lower quality gear that may not be able to handle the craziness of a wedding day. Other big red flag – when you click on the “Weddings” tab there is ONE wedding, posted in May. Most of what is on her blog is portrait work. I would be very careful about this because it seems she is very inexperienced shooting weddings. When you meet with her also make sure to check with her about whether she’s insured or not – most photographers literally could not afford to provide 2 shooters for 8 hours and everything else she included if they’re paying liability insurance/taxes/actually have a business license. Remember that the only thing you have after the wedding day are the photos to remember that – that’s pretty real and substantial. Good luck!
Post # 10
Congrats on finding a great photographer in such a lower than average price range! So there’s hope for me yet!
Post # 11
I think that’s an excellent price and picture quality looks good too. My photographer is charging us $2600 for the same, and she’s the lowest price one I could find.