(Closed) Please Tell Me My Photographer Seems Ok!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Does my photographer seem good to you?
    Yes, looks great! : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Yes, looks ok. : (6 votes)
    16 %
    No, but not terrible. : (21 votes)
    57 %
    No, awful! : (6 votes)
    16 %
    None of the above. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    849 posts
    Busy bee

    looks nice to me

    Post # 4
    Member
    3 posts
    Wannabee

    @Lemma: I think this is a matter of taste. This photographer isn’t awful, but many of the images look dated (early to mid 2000s) and I don’t see much more than posed shots and details. I also see some photoshop techniques that are outdated now but again that’s a matter of taste. If you’re looking to find someone with a more modern/artistic eye I wouldn’t go with this photographer but many of the photos are at least technically sound. Did you choose him based on price alone? Do you like what he does? If you’re ok with more poses (which is what was standard in the industry during the film days) then he’ll deliver that for you, but I don’t see a lot of ability to capture emotional/important moments candidly. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    5179 posts
    Bee Keeper

    IDK if its just the brides that he was photographing.. but it is not my style.. it looks really old time-y.

    Post # 7
    Member
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    How often does he shoot weddings? Several of the weddings look to be 15 years ago or so. If you like his style, I’d say your good. He seems a little heavy on some of the photoshopping, but there are a few images in there that I really like.

    He would not be my style of photographer, but I don’t think he’s terrible either.

    Post # 9
    Member
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Personally, most of the editorial choices he makes are not my style (selective coloring, for example).  Judging by the fashions in the photos, I also don’t think that many of these pictures are from recent weddings. I would ask him to show you more recent shots, and ask to see the album/gallery for a full wedding.  The problem with a gallery page like this is that he picks out the best shots from each wedding, and you want to have more than a few great shots.  Asking to see a full wedding will help you get a better sense of if he is able to capture everything that you want.

    Post # 10
    Member
    3121 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I agree with the taste thing.  Have you seen some updated shots?  A few of those pictures and poses aren’t really my taste (But some are!) so I would just be specific about your expectations.  (I want this, don’t want that.)  I would actually type up a list of shots you want and don’t want.  Are you doing e-pics?  I think that would tell you a lot! 

    Post # 11
    Member
    3 posts
    Wannabee

    @Leprechaun: totally agree. I think you should investigate more recent weddings (if he has any) and ALSO ask to see a full wedding from him – that should give you the answer right there. If candids aren’t as important that’s totally ok, I would just be sure that he’s able to capture the whole day well – many older photographers who shot weddings during film days don’t approach shooting the same way photographers now do. That’s not to say they’re all that way, but it’s worth checking out what kind of shots he gets from one wedding. If he isn’t willing to show you it’s a big red flag. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    2742 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Leprechaun: Echoing what you say. I am not a big fan of many of his pictures since they look kind of dated to me. However, if it’s what you want, then go for it. A small part of me feels that you can do better with $1000 but I don’t know what the market is where you are. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    @Lemma: From what other photogs have said, it sounds like doing a wedding is very different/more difficult than other events, so I would just want to take that into account.

    If you are truly concerned about his photos, I would suggest doing your e-pics as soon as you could, so you are able to get them back and see if you like them. That way you would still have a little time to find another photog if you truly are not happy with him.

    Post # 15
    Member
    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I wouldn’t say he’s a bad photographer, I would just say his style needs to be refreshed a bit. Maybe showing him a list of shots you like would help.

    Post # 16
    Member
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I agree with previous posters, some of the pictures look dated but I think that’s more of a reflection of the fact that they are older photos and that’s how wedding photography was then (even 5-10 years ago).

    What I’m not terribly fond of is how heavy-handed he seems to be with the photoshopping. There was one picture of a bride and groom photoshopped (or so it seemed) to look like they were walking in front of their church. I couldn’t tell if the church really was behind them or not. Either way (real or fake) he made the picture look pretty strange.

    Overall, though, it seems like you’re getting a good value for your money, and what matters most is your opinion. If you like the pictures, fantastic! On the other hand, if there’s something you don’t personally like about his style, I would bring it up to him before hand.

    ETA: Apparently it took me a long time to write this before posting, because now I’ve said the same thing as several people before me. Whoops!

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