(Closed) “The Pros” Photography company

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It asks for a city or zip, what city are you in?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It won’t let me do anything even if I put in a city or zip code…

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Really nice sample photos and really reasonable prices.  They are one of those companies that contracts with photographers in the area.  I would want to see the portfolio for the photographer that they plan on sending, not just the company portfolio.  You also might make sure you get a guarantee of quality in writing.  (A friends photographer only showed up with the fish eye lense – aweful photos).  Ask about a second shooter.  I also took a ton of samples to show the photographer to show her the no-miss shots and the style of shooting I wanted.  You will also need to ask about ownership of the photos.  Alot of those companies keep the ownership for a very long time so you can only get them printed at their shop.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had to click on the button a second time and it sent me right through.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think they have some beautiful photos for really reasonable prices!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I’ve read a couple bad reviews on The knot, but I wonder if its a franchise so I don’t know if its the same.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

[to my knowledge] The pros is similar to Bella Photos- they match you with a photographer. The photographer shows up at the wedding, takes the shots, and  turns them into the Pro’s who post them online. 

The problem with these companies is they don’t offer a set number of “edits” and an edited vs. unedited photo is HUGE.

 We went with Bella Photography for our wedding- we paid 2300 dollars for a “professional” The first photographer they matched us with didn’t fit our style  so we asked for someone else- what we ended up with was a woman who was well educated and had editorial experience- but had only shot one other wedding and it was a very small wedding. She was good, but inexperience and it showed. Plus, her rates on her website turned out to be less than what we paid (she’s now charging 5k for wedding coverage but is experienced and has a fantastic portfolio)

  Another problem with these companies is there aren’t a set number of edits. We were credited 400 dollars for editing/prints. Editing cost for 1 photo was $10-15 so we only got a few of our photos edited by them (and the editing was lackluster. They airbrushed us within an inch of our life). Luckily I’ve been editing photos since I was 12.

  My advice is to go with a professional. I regret going with a service like that.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i would be skeptical. you don’t really know who took the photos on the website or who they’ll match you with. when you meet with the photog, make sure you’re only looking at photos he/she took – you need to specify this because sometimes photogs will give you another photog’s work and pretend they did it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/the-pros-1

Here’s a thread about the pros that I found a couple of months ago. I hired them for my April 2011 wedding but after talking to some other bees I decided to hire someone else. Maybe this will help a bit.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Check out reviews on wedding sites before you book them.  From what I know, they are basically an agency and don’t have a set staff of photographers.  They basically subcontract the job out to people they can find that will work for their rate.  There isn’t much quality control here, and you never know who the person will be that is staffed at your wedding.  Realize the photos on the website are the BEST images of the hundreds of weddings they photographed.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Ha…JUST SAY NO!!!

My only experience was when I used to coordinate weddings and a bride hired them for photographer/DJ. I still remember the massive case of plumber’s crack that the male DJ displayed to the entire room while bending over, and I may have seen his stomach as well. Come on, sir, it’s a wedding! Tuck it in.

Also, they’re really hard to get a hold of. I bet I called at least 10 times to confirm arrival times and etc (which is normally a 1 call process, most vendors are pretty communicative with the DOC), and the girl they had scheduled for photog lived in another state (somewhere up North, while the wedding was in Dallas…). So there was a big mixup there, but they did end up sending a DJ and photog in the end. Do I think this would have been stressful for the bride if she knew about it? YES! Do I think they would have figured the mixup out if I hadn’t kept calling and bugging whoever answers the number at corporate? NO!

You should be able to meet your vendors before your wedding, end of story. I can’t vouch for how the pictures looked, but the music faded in and out at inappropriate times (meaning, during the processional…).

My roommate is a wedding photographer who works all over the area and told me The Pros were the worst DJ company she’s witnessed (and she does a good 1-3 weddings per weekend). We were talking after the wedding and figured out that it was the same DJ sent to both of the events in question.

I think that most of the time you get what you pay for when it comes to DJ. And I would really encourage you to NOT book The Pros! Obviously I’ve only witnessed a couple of Dallas area contractors for them, but I think if you went with a smaller operation that wasn’t hiring people from afar, you’d find higher standards and better quality of service in all respects.

In conclusion…think really hard before you do it!!!

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