(Closed) Need your opinion on photographer: Natural Ink Photography

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think his style is okay..not the greatest I’ve seen, but what made you consider him to begin with? Price? 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

are you sure the package contains edited images…the way I’m reading it it seems like you get a disk of all images and enhanced is = to edited.  But I’m not sure….I just don’t want you to be expecting one thing and get another.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wouldn’t use them for myself. That is really bad- both style and editing wise. I would up the budget a bit and find someone else. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I read the packge as having 20 edited high res images, and all the other images recieved or not only not edited, but not high res as they are “sized for the inernet” which esentially makes them unprintable.

I think for the sake of a small amount of cash, you could find yourself very unhappy and regretting what you come out with at the end.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I think that $900 is scary cheap for that much stuff. 

Breakdown:

$900 minus 30% small business taxes to uncle sam ($270)= $630

$630 minus roughly $200 expenses for gasoline, packaging and rental gear = $430

$430 divided by 22 hours (12 hours at wedding + 10 hours editing/minimum) = 19.54 per hour

$19.54 per hour divided by 2 photographers = $9.77 per hour each

And all of that is excluding the general costs of running a legal business such as Liability insurance, which is something you definitely want your vendors to have. That is too risky cheap in my opinion. You would be gambling with not only the quality of your photos at this point, but also the general quality of the photographer and what type of business they are running. 
 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

I am a photographer, and given the price, they are not bad. Judging from the images and some of the technique, they use good equipment. It looks like they have not really developed a “style”, but they do set up some nice shots, and have the standard poses down.

 

Personally, I always look to see if a photgrapher can capture the “non-posed” images and make them look good. But then again, I favor my style which is photojournalistic. I like to tell the whole story of the day, rather than just set-up poses…. I digress

 

They seem to be a decent photographer, especially for the money.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. I would not choose them for my wedding. Their work is very snapshot and the editing is not good. There is a lot of harsh shadowing, which is a result of direct flash (very unflattering). I would suspect they’re probably shooting on auto, or a program mode, not manual. I had to look no farther than the selective color job on the baby w/ rose petals. Selective coloring is like a huge red-flag in the photography world for an amateur or someone with little skill level. Most talented and professional photographer absolutely hate selective coloring with a passion and will not do it. I don’t want to sound harsh, as everyone starts somewhere, but I’m a huge proponent for mastering your skill before hanging your shingle out. I would find a way to up the budget and find someone else.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

@starfish0116:  I really would have to mostly agree with this critique. And given their price point, it is more than obvious that they are starting out. You definitely get what you pay for in the world of photography, but there is also a market for these guys as they are learning. Like I said earlier, they have not found their style – which means with both their photographs and editing. It will come with time. There are a lot of amateur editing techniques (selective coloring being one – and starfish is correct, I would NEVER use it), but it is all part of the process. I am not a big proponent of tearing down fledgling photographers, but I also see the value in proper critique….

If Natural Ink Photography reads this, please use these posts as a guide. Do not get discouraged or angry. It is a craft like any other your have to work hard and always be learning. Watch tutorials, go to seminars, pay for classes on both photography and editing. Develop your own style, get away from posing everything (some of the best moments happen naturally) and flash on every shot. Once you better understand editing shoot in raw to be able to better control your color in the editing phase, etc. You have some basic understanding, and you do really well with detail shots. Focus on your lighting and use of the manual settings on your camera. Once you master that, you will see a HUGE improvement in your work.

For rizzabee, wedding pictures, aside from the marriage itself and videography (if you choose that), will be the most enduring item from your wedding day. I would definitely look to get the best photographer that you can afford. You will get what you pay for and you have to pay for the good ones. Be leery of anyone that give you the world for a few hundred bucks. Either their experience or equipment will be lacking. Ask yourself this question: Why would someone that is bringing years of experience and $10K+ of equipment to my wedding be willing to shoot it for $800.00? Try and make the most of your budget, even if you find someone that is out of your budget that you like, contact them. Let them know how important it is to you, and ask them if they can help? Jasmine Star is a world renown photographer now, and when she was getting married (long before she started photographing) she found a photographer that she liked, begged him and let him pick the date just so she could get him to do it on her budget. (that is extreme, but you get my point)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would keep looking… I used a very talented photographer who was starting his own business – so prices were very reasonable, but he was very talented… I would not say that is what you have here…

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@BEPhoto:  I appreciate your opinion and point of view. As a wedding photographer myself, I don’t fault anyone for wanting to get better – highly I encourage it. I also understand that there are brides who don’t have huge budgets for top name photographers. I hate this idea that a bride should settle with their photography because of budget. There are a lot of ways to make it happen without spending 4k – including less coverage or not all the “extras” right away. People get so caught up in disks, prints, albums etc – those are all things that can be purchased after the fact when couples have had the chance to regroup from the cost of the wedding. One of the biggest issues I see within our industry is people jumping into it before being ready. I know a lot of very fantastic and talented photographers who are reasonably priced because they are just starting their businesses. The difference? They all worked for quite a while to master their skill (typically with portraits) and then second shot MANY weddings under someone to gain the experience they need.

My intention isn’t to bash the photographer, just answer the question of the OP based on my preference as a bride and photographer. I agree all of what you wrote to then, and apologize to them if what I said sounded too harsh.  

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

To me, that looks pretty good for the price.  I understand where you’re coming from on this; my friend is looking at a photographer that costs $10,000…ya that’s my entire wedding budget.  Never going to happen!

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