Post # 1
Hi! I’ve been looking for a photographer and think I’ve found one I like, but I don’t really have a technical eye and I’d love any savvy bees to give their opinion on the quality of the photos. I was sent access to a full wedding (it was password protected so I don’t feel comfortable posting it on here), and it looked consistent with the photos on their website. I’ve been looking for reviews and found a handful, all really positive, but there aren’t enough to make me feel 100% confident. What do you all think? My fiance isn’t totally sure because he’s used to a very traditional style, but he’s being open-minded. I’d love any input! This is the website – http://www.cadenceandeli.com/blog/
Post # 2
I checked one gallery. I’d say I like some, hate some. This photographer over exposes sometimes, which washes out details, like if your dress has a nice design to it, you probably won’t see it in a lot of pictures. She also underexposed some of them, making them far too dark to be enjoyable. On the other hand, she takes many that are not your run of the mill photo, which is nice and enough are well done that you’d have a good mix of photos… no one keeps them all, right?
Are you getting married inside or outside? Day or night? You’ll want to see how she does in your type of venue/time of day to really know if it’s good enough. My photographer did not do well indoors on a cloudy, dismal day, or even at night, really. We hired her because of her outdoor photos and those look lovely, but I wish now that I’d gotten someone who could do both well, because we did not have nice weather.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2015 - Southern Plantation House
I didn’t like their pictures. They were too dark for me with very strange angles. I enjoy editorial photos, but not as the majority. Also, I noticed a larger than normal amount of black and white photos that I didn’t like.
Post # 4
I think they are slightly overpriced for their level of talent. The cropping seems to go overboard with the subject being off center on a lot of the pictures which makes me feel like they haven’t been doing this for very long and are over using the technique to be more “artsy”. The exposure, lighting and focus isn’t perfect and I would over look it if they weren’t charging so much. I didn’t see what the area is because either it’s my computer or their website that is running way to slow for me to look in to it more.
Basically I think that they are slightly inexperienced and are over priced. It looks like they do a good job and you would probably be happy enough with your pics but for that price I would expect a little bit more. Not perfection but slightly better than what I saw.
Post # 5
Thank you all, this is so helpful! Our wedding will be pretty dark, as we’re having a bunch of candles and firelight in a rustic setting. I’ll definitely ask them for examples of their work that might be similar.
This will be in Minneapolis, where what they’re charging is in the top half of photographers but not the top of the line. Since it seems like experience might be an issue I’ll make sure to ask how many weddings they’ve done, and for how many years. Thank you!
Post # 6
I’m a wedding photographer and I think their work is pretty good! How many weddings have they photographed? I’d also be curious to see the full gallery…I could tell more from that, but understand why you don’t want to share. The main things to consider when picking a photographer are: do you really love their style? And, if you do, is their style actually consistent?
I live in VA, but I have a good photog friend who lives near MN. Feel free to reach out via PM for her info if you are interested!
Post # 7
BusyBee2016: I’m a little surprised by the feedback you’re getting. Based on the comments, I wasn’t expecting much from the website, but I love their photos. A lot of interesting shots and I thought the exposures were fine.
Also, as far as the subject being off center, compositionally that actually makes for a better photo. I’ll spare you the details, but research “rule of thirds” if you’d like to know more.
I’m a professional artist and teach photography, and I was impressed with the photos. Just my 2¢.
Post # 8
BusyBee2016: I’m not impressed. The poses are awkward, there is little or no evidence of skillful post processing, and after looking through many galleries I didn’t find a single image I liked. You live in or near a big city – I’d suggest looking around more.
Post # 9
I personally really like the majority of their work. However it leans to artsy and high fashion side and not everyone likes that. You need to decide what you like. As a hobbist photographer, I woud rather hire someone like this that all posted portraits. You need to decide what YOU and your Fiance want. The pricing may be a tough high, but I also got a really talented photog and 2nd for an amazing price, so that impression may be off for me. I haven’t seen any other compares in the area either, which would help.
Post # 10
I don’t mind their particular style; but the quality itself isn’t good enough to me. There’s a few pictures that simply aren’t sharp (couple on the dock, the couple with the weird cloud thing); there’s some that look really awkward (groomsmen laying around; bride with mascara, etc); some of the unusual angles are nice and I like the overall focus on the people and expressions; but if these are the pictures that they’re showcasing, well, I’d probably want to give them time to gain more experience before hiring them personally… I’d look around a bit more, too, especially for the pricing level.
Post # 11
I actually kind of like the weird angles, it gives your a perspective you don’t normally see. I probably wouldn’t want all my photos to be so artsy but I’m sure they can work around your personal tastes
Post # 12
Style: I personally like it, I think they did a good job for the effect they’re going for! However, it’s all a matter of preference. If you’re not happy looking at the majority of their pics, find someone else you love!
Price: Photography is really important to me. In my search for a photographer I was able to find a few people that were under $3k, but none of their work impressed me. (And I’m not biased, I looked at prices AFTER looking at their portfolios. I always thought “No wonder their prices are so low!”) A big thing to consider is if you have rights to all the photos and get the full resolution files to keep.
Definitely ask to see full albums of a couple of weddings taken in a dark setting like yours. You should google questions to ask a wedding photographer, then drill anyone you’re considering with questions that matter to you. What is your experience? What is the ratio of your color and b&w pics? How heavily do you edit your photos? How many do you take and how many do you deliver? Do I have printing rights or need to purchase photos individually? If you want us to set aside time for portraits, how long do you need? I had a whole list and met with our photographer for about an hour and a half. That was the only time I’ve felt like a bridezilla, haha
Post # 13
I like most of the photos!
Post # 14
I like most of the photos. If you don’t have a technical eye for things, I don’t think you’d notice a lot of things other posters are pointing out.
Post # 15
I think that the portraits are beautiful. There are a few regular wedding pics that are strange but I like that the photographer takes risk and pays attention to detail. Someone that takes risk may catch something really special. There is one pic of two femail guest sitting holding hands that made my heart melt http://www.cadenceandeli.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/56_minneapolis_basilica_wedding-900×600.jpg
You need to decide what you want. For me if her price was right I would go for it.
1-the formal pics are perfect
2- she understand design/film principles like the rule of thirds and this example of one point perspective
3-the reception pics look fun and capture the spirit of the event
4- almost all of the pics could be framed and not look too wedding but very artistic