(Closed) need opinions on a potential photog!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you use this photographer?
    Yes, definitely worth the price! : (10 votes)
    59 %
    Yes, but not at that price. : (6 votes)
    35 %
    No, not at any price. : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    they look more posed than not, to me, but I’m not a good judge of photography. 🙂 What style of photos are you hoping for?

    35% of your budget – even a small budget – seems like a lot to spend on photography unless you’re getting amazing photos. Have you checked local photography schools? asked more expensive photogs to recommend someone starting out with similar style? checked the vendor reviews on your local board?

    ETA: I’m getting married in a mid sized midwest city too, and I’m getting 8 hours of photography for $1200, not including engagement shoot or prints. I wouldn’t book anyone until you know exactly what their package includes!

    Check out Mrs Fondue’s vendor worksheets – especially the photography one – they’ve been a lifesaver for me making sure I’m making the right decisions! http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/10/17/making-it-easy-miss-fondues-vendor-worksheets/

    Post # 4
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    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I like him!  And for that amount?  That’s a score!  I’ve been told a bunch of times that the most important thing a photographer does is after the pictures are taking, the editing.  He’s obviously really good at that.  Maybe you can ask to speak to some references before you book him, just to feel more comfortable. 

    Post # 6
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    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m actually probably one of the harsher photography critics on this site, but I like his work and I think it’s for a good price. Granted I’m not from the midwest so I don’t know whats standard for out there, but for here I’d consider it great.

    Post # 7
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    1991 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Maybe it’s just me….I like his work, just not at that price. I probably would be able to justify it at no more than $1000. But, he does do good work.

    Like the previous poster said, 35% of the budget is alot to spend on photography. Check out craigslist…

    Post # 8
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    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Ok so I know a lot of people on here said they liked him, but from his main album, I think a lot of his pics were blurry or not in complete focus, the whites are washed out in some photos (see the horse pic) & a few of the photos are pixelated (those dots all over the pics) which don’t print well at all! He seems to be ok on posed pics, but not so good at the candid ones. Idk about him… I mean, photographers should be putting their BEST work on the website’s main page & quite a few of those pics were out of focus & were more student level (in my opinion). I personally wouldn’t go with him from reviewing his main album, but read his reviews & meet with him & see an entire wedding he’s shot (the same wedding) so you can “get a feel” for his work. Don’t go so much by those collages because the pics are tiny so you can’t really tell if they’re in focus or not. I’m not meaning to put him down or anything, no one shoots 100% perfect shots especially at a wedding, but my main concern is that his main page is full of non clear shots. I’d check out a few other photographers 1st. Craigslist really is amazing :).

    Post # 9
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    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I like him, but I don’t know about the price. We live in a western college town and are paying $1200 for 6 hours for 2 photographers. We do have to pay for the “negatives” and anything else on top of that. There were more amazing photographers for more money, and less amazing photographers for less money, so we went with someone we were happy with that seemed reasonable. Keep in mind that website photos and real albums can look different – I’d ask to see some real wedding albums first.

    Post # 10
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    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    From the looks of his gallery a few things stand out to me:

    • He has only shot 2 weddings
    • He has no action shots (nobody dancing at the reception)
    • All his shots are in good lighting
    • Very few of the images are left to stand on their own, most of them are post-processed

    Here is what you should ask him:

    • Ask to see an entire gallery of a wedding he’s shot
    • Ask to see some of your favorites of his pictures before they’ve been edited. You’ll get a better sense for his “eye”
    • Ask to see some of his shots in really dark lighting

    If he can produce good pictures when you’ve asked for the above, go for it. That price can’t be beat!

    Post # 12
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    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Awesome! i’m glad to hear that… does his price include rights to the photos?

    Post # 13
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    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    should ad, rights mean you can print the photos whenever, wherever you would like & can post them online. if you don’t have the rights, you can’t do that or you could get sued by the photographer. i would recommend you ask him if it includes printing rights, and if not, how you can get that.

    Post # 14
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    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    have you looked at The Pros? I am going through them and it will be $895 for 8 hours of coverage and I was originally given a photographer I didnt like but then I expressed my discontentment and they gave me 4 other photographers to choose from – I found one that I loved and chose her! They also have DJ services for very cheap

    Post # 15
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    1 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I noticed something going through his portfolio, the vast majority of the shots are during the day using natural light. Do you plan on having an outdoor daytime wedding? If so, then he should do fine. The few shots he had from indoors were very grainy indicating a lower end camera and no use of an external flash. I would check with him to see more indoor shots if there’s a chance your wedding will be indoors or in the evening. That would be my main concern. after examining his portfolio.

    Post # 16
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    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Very detail oriented!!

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