Post # 1
I opened it up to the hive over a week ago, here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-choosing-between-two-photographers
I’m glad I did because many people pointed out very important things I didn’t notice before. I still love many of their blog/website pictures and I was leaning toward Stephanie. However, after looking at full weddings I wasn’t impressed with either. So…I started over. I now have three that I liked that I’ve seen the full weddings for. I like each of them for a little different reason, but I’m torn. One is a bit out of budget while another is under ($800 difference) so of course my Fiance likes the cheaper one. I wanted to see what you all thought! Maybe I’ve looked at too many and they’re starting to all look the same 🙂
Thanks so much for taking the time to look at these for me! All of them include 10 hours, 2 photographers, rights to the photos, and 2 photographers. We want to make the most of our budget and will save up after the wedding for an album.
#1 Kevin Monahan: http://www.kevinmonahanphotography.com/
#2 Gem Photography: http://gemphotographyonline.com/
#3 Mary Lashbrook: http://marylashbrook.com/index2.php#/home/
Post # 3
I know nothing about photography. #1 seems edgier, #2 is seems most like my photographers style so I like that one the best, and #3 is probably my least favorite.
Post # 4
#1 is a little too oversaturated, but he’s not too bad.
#2 This one is my favorite – even though I’m not a fan of those under contrasted black and white’s.
#3 is a big no to me – I don’t feel like the photographer has the best eye for this type of photography. They don’t seem to be abiding by the rule of thirds whatsoever.
Post # 5
I really don’t like the edgy flaovor of #1, but it’s their style and they do it well.
#2 takes great photos, very attractive.
#3 doesn’t have the portraits that are the best as far as execution, but I like the emotions and moments best.
#3 is what I would pick for me, but #2 is the better photographer.
Post # 6
#1 has a very artistic eye, seems to capture interesting shapes, lines, colors. A little on the flashy/stylish side. That’s nice and all, but we’re talking about your wedding day here, not a fashion magazine.
#2 has an eye for emotion, capturing the people, the details. Great instinct and creative balance. I’d go with this one. Make sure to ask for photos that capture the scene, landscape, the big picture, too.
#3 Needs more work as a photographer. Poor composition (agreed with above post about lack of rule of thirds) and doesn’t even hold the camera straight on shots…and you can tell it isn’t intentionally held off kilter! Eep!
Post # 7
I think both #1 and #2 are great but I’m leaning slightly more towards #2. Agree with everyone that #3 needs more work as a photographer.
Post # 8
I also like 1 and 2. I personally wouldn’t be too keen on the “a disc of images with print release up to a 5×7 print” that the second one allows, this probably means that the disc they give you is only of low res images, so if you try to print them bigger they’d look shoddy.
Also, why must wedding photographers put music on their websites! It drive me completely mental! And I couldn’t even figure out how to make it stop!
Post # 9
@pohget: We would pay the extra fee for the full rights of the high res images. I already checked that 🙂
Post # 10
@BluegrassBridetoBee: Oh great! It sucks that you have to pay extra but it’s better than nothing.
Post # 11
I’m not a photographer, but my favorite is 1. For the 2nd photographer, there is an entire album and only a few pictures of the bride smiling! the rest she has a very sour face… that botherd me personally. I didn’t love # 3.
Post # 12
I really like #1! I like the crisp images and bright colors!
Post # 13
@KateByDesign: What is the rule of thirds? Sorry I don’t know much about photography…just know what style I like 🙂
Post # 14
#1 is definitely a little more edgy and stylized while #2 captures emotion a little better. I like #1 more, but would probably talk to him about trying to capture more natural photos.
Post # 15
@BluegrassBridetoBee: It’s a photography composition rule. Basically a piece of art is divided into 9 sections. The important subject of the photo should be placed on the dividing lines or the intersections. It’s basically a technique based upon what the eye has been trained to view as beautiful and aestheticlaly pleasing.
She just seemed to throw the subject wherever which makes a lot of the photos look off kilter, crooked, and pretty sloppy.
Post # 16
@BluegrassBridetoBee: Ok let’s see!
#1 – Takes nice images, but the editing style is not for me. A lot of over-saturation and texture which can degrade image quality (make it grainy, not as attractive printed) if it’s not done correctly. I’m also bothered by the tilt back and forth in every photo – this is usually used to make the photo “more interesting” but really it reads to me like the photographer didn’t know how to make it interesting/well-composed aside from tilting the camera. Just to be clear before any other photogs jump on me – i think the tilt has it’s place here and there, but it shouldn’t be the go-to way to take a photo. It makes it difficult to lay out an album that doesn’t look chaotic if every other photo is tilted at 45+ degrees. Also, it makes me wary that he says all packages include full copyright – find out if that really means copyright or if he means printing rights. These are entirely different and I don’t know any photographer who would give a client full copyrights to their images (full copyright generally means the photog no longer owns the photo and can’t use it for website/blog/promotion/competition etc)
#2 – Kind of the opposite in style, with under-contrasted images (especially black and white like a PP mentioned), but again, this is totally up to you and your fiance in terms of which style you prefer. Warning flag -I think it should concern you a little that you don’t see any photos of guests or the actual ceremony/reception. LOTS and LOTS of portraits of the bride and groom, a few getting ready shots, but where is the rest of the wedding? This is usually a sign of a really good portrait photographer who is trying to shoot weddings. If the moments and guests and emotion are really important to you, perhaps ask why those aren’t shown on the site.
Is it just me or do a lot of the images look a little less sharp than they should be? (especially in the Timothy+Krista section)? This could be an equipment problem or an exposure problem. Some photos in the other albums are just straight up out of focus/backfocused, and not in the intentional artistic way. I also HATE the fake fuzzy skin glow. It’s not done well with this photographer, but if you hate it too you could ask they not do that to your images.
#3 – Again, a lot of controlled portraits of B&G and bridal party, but where is the rest of the wedding?
These are all important things to consider. For each of these to have two photographers and be charging what they’re charging, I would expect a variety of strong images from the start of the wedding to the finish. It would show they are strong in any lighting situation (dark church, night reception, etc), not just in controlled portrait situations out in a field with pretty afternoon light.