(Closed) Photographer opinions

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you hire him for your wedding??
    Yes : (13 votes)
    62 %
    No : (8 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    I think the portfolio is nice.  He uses natural lighting, which is a good thing.  If you’re unsure ask him for a list of previous clients so that you can contact them regarding his services, timelines, and professionalism.  Also, check to see if you could see shots from a recent wedding. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    The photos are nice, but there isn’t an investment page. Ugh, that’s my biggest pet peeve. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I like his portfolio!

    Post # 6
    Member
    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    eh…just ok. if you are looking to invest in a great photographer who is going to capture YOUR day at it’s finest the photographer should have a nice website, not just a smugmug account. i also agree with miss tattoo and they should have some kind of rates/investment page or should have the ability to contact them about getting rates right from their website.

     

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    He’s a good portrait photographer.  Not enough complete samples on his site to gauge his skills as a real wedding photographer (candids,etc).  Ask to see a wedding shot from start to finish and see if what he will supply you will be of the same quality of what he displays on his website.  I would be curious to know if that is the case, as portfolio pictures are typically hand picked BEST images and very carefully edited.

    If the price is right and his style pans out, don’t let his lack of website stop you, it’s really not a big deal.  So what, maybe he’s just a part timer or just not into the business end of things.

    Post # 8
    Member
    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @USER876: I would NEVER hire someone who was a part-timer or did not handle the business end of things seriously. What does that say about their care or love of photography and MY WEDDING!!! I am not a ‘zilla, I just know what I like and what I trust.

    Post # 9
    Member
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @KarenArnold322012:  One of the best up and coming photographers I know is a part timer.  He was actually featured in a magazine and interview as some one to keep you eye on for 2011.  His full time job is as an engineer at Subaru.  His website is ok, but nothing to write home about.  What is wrong with a part timer?  I don’t think that has much to do at all with one’s love or dedication for photography. 

    I am a part timer, photography is my side business.  I don’t need to make a dime off photography, and I don’t do it for the money.  I also love my full time job and would never give it up.  The money aspect is another thing all together I won’t get into.

    Honestly, I think some part timers have a lot of strengths over full timers.  They continually are on the search for the latest and greatest and to improve themself.  They invest in the latest equipment, attend workshops, and experiment.  I do trade shoots for free at times with experienced models to try new things.  Sometimes, full timers get dissolved into the way they are doing things, and their work stays constant.  Some full timers websites I know of have had the same pictures on them for 5 yrs+.    They have more to worry about (making money, getting business, marketing,etc) than the things I mentioned above.  This isn’t true for everyone, but I have seen it.

    I don’t know what this guys story is, but maybe he really doesn’t want to develop a business, even though he has the skills to do so. 

    Fancy blogs, websites, equipment, business cards, etc, don’t impress me, it’s all fluff.  Let’s see what they can DELIVER.  The average consumer can’t tell the difference between good and bad photography.  Typically, as long as it is better than what they can do themself, they like it.  Because of this, photography has turned into something that is more marketing and business related than skill and talent.  Now the people that disagree with me……..well you are the minority that knows something about what you are looking at.  Most other people fall for the marketing and shop on price.

    Yes, sometimes a half ass website is a red flag, but in this case, the images are not bad at all.  He is not marketing himself as a wedding photographer at all on his website.  My guess is that he does them from time to time, but doesn’t really look for them.  He also probably doesn’t  charge professional rates, even though arguably some of his images are better than some of the “pro” blogs I have seen.  I would be curious to the price point he is at.  OP, can you shed some light on this?

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