Post # 1
SO my mom has a friend that does photography and she really thinks her work is great and that she can capture the story I am looking for but I am nervous because she doesn’t have a ton of wedding on her website and it’s not really the photographs that I am looking for but she offered it to us for a really good rate. She also said she can do the photography I am looking for but she has no samples.
I emailed her asking for more samples of her work and she sent me:
Here are some photographers I like:
http://www.tylermackenziephotography.com/#/book2/ (he is my favorite so you can get an idea on the type of photography I am looking for)
Post # 3
I think that her portfolio looks good. That hazy vintage feel is done post processing in photoshop. You can always do an engagement shoot as a trial run before booking her for he wedding.
Post # 4
It depends on a couple factors. What is your budget, and how flexible can you be with photography? We went with his mom’s friend, saved a crazy amount of money, and I got most of the images I wanted. It was worth it to us.
I second michiru4ever ‘s advice. Try an engagement shoot. Do some stuff how she normally does it, and ask her to try some of your favorite things from other photographers’ portfolios.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I would ask her to see an ENTIRE wedding, she’s only going to show you her best shots! Also, where are the candids?
Post # 6
@mchitt329: That’s my concern. If these are her best shots I would hate to see the others because I think they are ok not fantastic.
Our budget is tight so I want to say yes based on price but I don’t want to turn around and be let down either.
Post # 7
I don’t think the pictures provided by her are bad. However, I don’t think they match what you’re looking for in a photographer. I would do an engagement session and then decide from there.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Klein2bReidy: Well, you don’t have to go with her just because she’s your mom’s friend!
Post # 9
@michiru4ever: I agree with you there, we did an engagment shoot to see what she could do and im glad we did! It showed us what she was all about more than her portfolio ever could.
Post # 10
Okay, as a professional photographer I’m going to have to step in and say DO NOT use an engagement session as a test to decide on this person as your wedding photographer…shooting an engagement session is NOTHING like shooting a wedding. Engagement sessions are more controlled and you have plenty of time to get great images. Weddings are so much more fast paced and the lighting scenarios change at the drop of a hat and you have to be able to adapt in about a billion different situations! I definitely don’t suggest an engagement session be the determining factor because it still really doesn’t show if she can work well in tough conditions.
Ask her to see a couple full galleries from another wedding she’s shot! That would be a way better indicator of how good she will do at your wedding than the engagement session images.
Post # 11
^ I’d second that from a photogs point of view. An e shoot is no indication of how a photographer will succeed on a wedding day. The posed portrait session is actually the easiest part. If she could shoot as well as the other choices she would be.
Post # 12
Have you contacted your favorite? In my opinion, you just dont really like her work. Period. Contact the photographer you love! If your budget is a concern still contact the one you love, they may create a package for you that suits your budget. Skip the extras so you can get the coverage. Family friendors can also turn disastrous if you are disappointed. It can easily ruin your mothers friendship with her..
Other posters are right and engagement session is not an indication on what the wedding photos turn out like. However, you will get a taste of service and working with her. Wedding/events are in a league of their own and are Nothing like a portrait session. They are not for the inexperienced.
I understand budgets are in order, money is tight for most.. (I cant even afford myself right now! lol) but photo choice should be love driven not price driven. Do what you can to afford the one you love.. skip extras, less, coverage, dont get an album etc. Cut the guest list a bit or another area..
Show your mother the one you love because IMO they are a night and day difference.
Post # 13
You’ll only get married once. I would say try to go with your gut and go with someone that you think will do a great job.
We picked our photographer based on her personality when another photographer had a better portfolio.
We regretted our decision.
Post # 14
From the other links you posted, it appears you like a lot of photoshop editing. If she doesn’t do that, which I’m guessing she doesn’t based on her shots, she’s not the one for you. In addition, if she hasn’t shot a lot of weddings then yours will be practice for her. If you’re ok with that, go for it. If not, I say go for someone else.
PS Make sure you see shots in venues like yours will be. Almost everyone can take decent pictures outside.
Post # 15
@kate169: Agreed. Engagement sessions are a good way to connect with the photographer, and if you absolutely hate the session photos that’s obviously a warning sign. But portrait shoots are nothing like shooting a wedding. The best analogy I can think of is have you ever heard a band that had an amazing album but sounded awful live? It does take talent to be able to produce good results even under controlled circumstances, but it’s entirely different to produce something amazing when you have no control over the circumstances.
Bottomline this is not your mom’s wedding, so the photographer you choose should be a reflection of what your vision is. Not anyone else’s.
Post # 16
The images posted above are not professional quality and the editing is all over the place. Notice that all but one of the photos she sent you are set up shots. The set up shots will be about 30-40 minutes of your wedding day – can she properly capture the rest of it? I would not use this photographer.