Post # 1
I am no expert on photography, so I need help! I was wondering what you guys thought of this photographer and does this seem like a good price for the quality.
Here is her website:
Package I want is $2700, which includes: engagement session, reception cards, up to 10 hours of coverage, 2 photographers, online gallery, digital collection and a 10X10 flush mount album 30 pages.
Post # 3
My worry is that she may over photoshop her pictures.
Post # 4
only a couple of the photos seemed too photoshopped with that tacky ‘glow’ look… otherwise they are nice! Maybe you could tell her not to go crazy with the special effects… or tell her which photos you like, and which you don’t care for.
Post # 5
I would ask to see some full weddings.
Post # 6
Very pretty, super dramatic pictures! If she’s in your budget, go for it!
Post # 7
i think they are beautiful and a great price
Post # 8
I think she captures some very genuine moments beautifully. It looks sincere and not cheesy or forced. I like that she is not relying on stereotypical, staged shots. I don’t think they look shoppy at all. I agree that you should ask to see a full set of shots though. She may be only displaying some gems.
Post # 9
I really like her photos. 🙂 I agree with pp, ask to see full sets.
Post # 10
From what I can see she is a great photographer at a good price. Definitely meet with her and check out her albums!
Post # 11
@WhiteSnow: My only criticism is that she goes overboard on soft skin. I would ask if you could get a more natural skin editing style, and if she’s willing to do that, it seems like a reasonable package!
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! I’ll ask to see some full weddings.
@jdhall89: That’s what I think too. In some pictures the skin looks too fake. I don’t know how I would ask to look more natural without sounding insulting though.
Post # 13
Very mediocre work but the pricing isn’t too far off considering all that it includes. I would expect this quality for that price. Definitely a lot of heavy handed photoshop work and inconsistent editing. Aside from that, it seems that she mainly does senior portraits so I see a lot of posed wedding work but not a lot of great candid moments. DEFINITELY as to see a few full weddings.
Aside from that, ask yourself if you need all of that stuff in your package. If your budget is around $2700 I would be more inclined to spring for a more skilled, talented photographer who perhaps doesn’t include an album . . . you can always buy an album later. I always encourage couples to invest in someone who will take the BEST images – extras can be purchased later on but you can’t re-do the actual photos.
Post # 14
@mariematt: Thanks for your opionion. I have to say I may agree with you. The photoshop may be too much for me and I don’t know how to ask for less without offending.I also noticed the amount of senior pictures she takes compared to weddings. I found another photographer I’m going to meet with Monday. A little more, but I think their photography may be more my style. If you can, can you tell me what you think of them? You seem pretty knowledgable about how to tell if a photographer is good.
Post # 15
@WhiteSnow: I think they are all pretty pictures- she seems to have a good balance between indoor & outdoor pictures/lighting. I agree with pp’s that the skin softening effect is a little overboard of a few of the pics and ends up making the bride look plastic/barbie-ish…
If the only real thing you dislike is the skin softening I would beat around the bush by playing dumb to it- that’s what we did with our photog. I showed her which of her images I LOVED & which weren’t really my style (most were LOVES but 3-4 were HATES and the hates were all that selective color stuff)- gets the point across without being so in their face….
Post # 16
@WhiteSnow: Agreed, and you really can’t ask a photographer to shoot or edit in a different style. It won’t feel right for them and it’s sort of an insult to them. We’d much rather be hired by people who love what we do.
Re: Shelby Street Photography – much better as far as not overusing photoshop, and their editing is more consistent. The images are very posed and formulaic though, so that is something to think about. I would request to see a few full weddings. Their blog posts are basically just a handful of photos of the bride and groom and not much else. Where is the reception? Where are the moments? What does the bulk of what they deliver look like? Anyone can pull off 10 good shots from a wedding day. You will want to be sure that you are happy with EVERYTHING they deliver. I am a wedding photojournalist so I am most focused (and display) the genuine moments I capture during a wedding day. That is most important to me and to the clients who choose to work with me. You need to decide what is most important to YOU and find a photographer whose work represents that.