(Closed) Photographer- needing some advice

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Do either of these choices look like a professional photographer, worth $3,000?
    AI does, but Diamond does not. : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Diamond does, but AI does not. : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Both are great options! : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Neither are THAT great, but probably the best you are gonna get within budget. : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Neither are that good, and you should probably expand your budget for better quality. : (14 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5183 posts
    Bee Keeper

    i looked at both websites.. they look pretty much the same in quality and style. I would say if you are absolutely keen on going with one of these photographers, go with the one you have the most chemistry with 🙂

    Post # 5
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    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It seems like they have a photojournalistic approach, which could be why you feel unimpressed with their abilities and felt like they could be taken with any point-and-shoot random Uncle Ed! However, you can tell by the sharpness of the quality that they are taken with quality cameras. I think with this style, also, some of the posed shots look sort of silly because they’re used to taking more candid shots.

    I say if you HAVE to choose one of these, go with the one you’re more comfortable with. But before you book, ask them to show you some more artistic shots they’ve taken. It sounds like what you are looking for might be someone with more of an artistic flair, or someone who will do some cool effects to the photos or neat angles.

    If you go with the photog you’re more comfortable with, they might be wiling to take let you find a few photos you love and try to emulate that style more. That’s what I’m doing with my photog – putting together a few ideas for him of the style I want…but he’s an old college friend so I’m more able to “tell” him what I want! 

     

    Post # 8
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    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I agree with you jesseandgena.com pics have a higher quality feel. Of the other two I like the first one best though. Pics seem crisper somehow.

     Have you looked at a whole wedding they have done though?  It is important to look at the quality of pics before they have done any editing. I always go look at the albums they are just starting to put together for the bride. That gives me a better idea of how good they are. My one photog friend has on average 700+ pics I absolutely love from a single wedding and my other friend has about 200. Though you don’t need more than 200 pics it is soo nice to have lots of great shots to choose from.

    Post # 10
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    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I had a new thought. What if you had rights to your pics and used a program like picnik.com. My lil’ sis uses this all the time and her pics now look as good as artistic or memories. Since she is just a kid, if you had pro pics and then enhanced maybe you would be totally happy with the outcome. She even enhanced the ones jcPenny’s did of our family and they now rock.

    Post # 12
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @melynn44:  I would definitely meet with the photographers and ask to see an entire wedding CD that the client has received.  Typically images on the CD are only color corrected with a global retouch, so they won’t look as finished as blog posts.  Most photographers will do further retouching on any ordered prints or album selections.  See what they offer, I don’t want you to think you are getting these crisp, sharp images, and don’t in the long run.  Remember a photographer’s blog is their marketing and advertising outlet, so they will spend more time retouching those images and adding artisitic flare.

    Also, just because you have printing rights for the images (most likely) doesn’t mean you have the right to further edit the photographer’s images, but this is something you can ask them.  A solid image starts in the camera though, and I don’t think picnik is going to save an image or make it that much better.

    The photographers you like better do show greater skill with depth of field control and lighting and post processing.

    That sheet music shot is nothing special, just shot with a small aperture to create a narrow depth of field, somethign the first two photographers seem to lack, and it may be because they don’t have the proper lenses.

     

    Post # 13
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    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @melynn44: Just some observations:

    Diamond Photography doesn’t even have wedding pricing on their site (only babies/portraits). This should tell you they don’t do many weddings. There’s no way they’re charging $45 for a kids session and $3,000 for a wedding. I feel they pulled that number out of their a**. The issue with their photos is a mixture of bad editing and lower quality equipment. I think your instincts are correct – they are overpriced for the quality they produce. I’m not a gearhead by any means, but lenses make a huge difference. Higher quality glass means higher quality photos.

    Artistic Imagery is better technically, but their editing is all over the place. Some photos look like they came straight out of the camera and others are Photoshoped to hell. I hate that. Find your style and stick with it! I’m just bored with their photos. Nothing God awful, but nothing unique either. I also feel like I’m missing faces and emotion in their photos.

    The comment about “maybe you can touch them up yourself in picnik” makes me CRINGE! a) print rights don’t mean you have the rights to alter a copyrighted photo you didn’t take and b) for $3,000 you shouldn’t be having to work on your wedding photos at all. I would say your instincts are right and you should keep looking. I am SURE you can find another photographer in that price range who delivers the quality and creativity you’re looking for.

    @secondchances: Just so you know, that’s illegal. Please don’t encourage people to infringe on copyrighted material. Photographers don’t allow this because they have no control over what people will do to their photos and if they edit them in a tacky way folks who see them will think the photographer did that. Not cool.

    Post # 15
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    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @melynn44:The more you tell about Diamond the more worried I get. There is absolutely no way she delivers 5,000 good photos, and no way she edits 5,000 in any way. I’m hoping some other pros chime in here because it sounds a little sketchy to me. If she’s been in business (successfully) for 10 years she would have much better equipment and images. I just feel like you’re getting conned. Many of the images on her site aren’t even in focus. She might have been a portrait photographer for that long, but portraits and weddings are completely different in every way. Look through her wedding gallery – 99% of the images are posed. Where is the actual wedding? Follow your instincts!

    Post # 16
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    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @BeeM: Agreed, the 5000 photos jumped right out at me. Um… NO.

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