Post # 1
I’m currently looking at 2 different photographers for my wedding (since our first choice fell through).
I’ve met with one of them and liked her ok, but wasn’t blown away by her personality. However she just won a photographer of the year award and has nice photos and she offered to shoot our rehearsal dinner for free. The second one I’ve exchanged e-mails with and like her work (as well as her pricing) so far.I could probably get her to exchange an engagement session that is included for our rehearsal dinner since we wont’ have time to do an engagement session.
So, which one do you like better or should I keep looking?
Post # 3
They both offer good portfolios, and the 1st does have an impressive resume. But to me, price is a main factor, and I like the fact that #2 is more price friendly and seems more relaxed and whimsical in her style. Since she isnt as “acclaimed” as #1 she might have a better attitude to your suggestions of questions. This is all just my opinion though, I think its a fairly personal decision.
Post # 4
@prncss47:I think price-wise with the free rehearsal dinner from the first they’d be fairly close in price.
I probably need to arrange a phone conversation with the second to make sure personalities mesh. She just has a smaller portfolio than the first photographer, but she comes recommended by our caterer.
Post # 5
Out of those two options, I like #2 much better. However, I’m not a huuuge fan of the effects that she seems to use (like making the photo look vintage-y, or adding background texture–don’t know the technical words for that, sorry!). However, this is a style preference, so if you like it then she seems great. Just a note, it also seems like some of the black and whites are over exposed/blown out (I think that’s the right term? Like there are white spaces where you lose the detail of the photo). But I’m not an expert by any means, so maybe that’s intentional, in like an artistic way.
If you’re interested in looking around some more, can you give us a general budget range? Maybe we can come up with some more options for you 🙂
Post # 6
@hilsy85: I definitely see what you are saying about the effects and almost “over-exposure”.
As far as budget goes. We’re looking to keep it around $6k or less. Less is better if the quality is good. We’d also like that number to include digital negatives, 2nd shooter, 10hrs of coverage, and at least 1 album or proof book.
Post # 7
I think you should be able to do better with a 6K budget. For that much money, neither of them really stood out to me.
The first ones work is nice, but nothing really stands out to me that screams BEST or 6K, or high end.
The second one seems to be more a portrait photographer, everything is blown out because they use mostly natural light instead of strobes. I personally like blue skys. I don’t like her portrait work either, she cuts hands and fingers off her crops which I find distracting and goes against traditional rules of thumb.
The vintage look is “in” right now. I personaly like it for a few photos, but not an entire set.
Post # 8
@KatNYC2011: Just PM’d you some suggestions. not sure what they include in their packages, or their pricing (since most of them don’t list it of course!).
Post # 9
I am on winter break, bored to tears, so I was doing a little research for you to kill some time..haha..
Have you ever heard of Andree Kehn? I went to the WPJA website and looked under Maine, and man, I wish this lady was close to here. She has real talent, and seems to know her lenses very well. There are no special effects or anything to make the pictures look better, they just look awesome.
Also, it seems really reasonably priced. Packages starting at $2395.
Post # 10
Out of those 2 I really like the second one. I’d definitely recommend meeting with them in person if thats possible. We met with two and the first guy had a very impressive resume and was a little pricey, when we met with him he was nice but very cocky and sales-y. We didn’t feel like we’d be completely comfortable with him. The second one we met with was wonderful! We instantly clicked and I really think their personality is very important. Good luck!!
Post # 11
I too prefer the second one. I know this probably sounds a bit ridiculous but the second one’s website seems more friendly.
Post # 12
@CatyLady: That’s what I thought too!! LOL she seems nicer!
Post # 13
Also, here’s another person i found who I really really like, and I think she starts at $2700 (or at least that’s what it says on WJPA).
Post # 14
@hilsy85: Thanks so much! I contacted one of the ones you PM’d me with and will look into this one too.
I just really want photography to be fabulous, but I don’t want to break the bank and I know I’m “starting late” only 9 months out.
Post # 15
I’m not totally blown away with #1, and if you didn’t really like her personality that much, that should really count for something. You want to like your photographer. I like #2s work much more anyway.
Post # 16
I like the pig petting photo. Makes me feel happy. 🙂
Swine aside, pros and cons for each:
pro:good portraits, posed shots, photos turn out great in good light. I’d hire her for an outdoor, afternoon wedding. Pretty good at photoshop.
Cons: No direct portfolio (hard to see what inspires without a port) Lack of focus on many candids. Pixely photos in low light conditions, likely due to her using a Canon 40D camera (not the best camera for low light). Didn’t see many photos that show flash photography (important for indoor work). She gives subjects plasticy skin when photoshoping. I’d would not hire her for an indoor wedding, evening wedding, or reception photos.
Pro: went to school for art (MFA). Awards, involved in photo community. Nice portfolio. Obvious creativity in photos. Equipment is better (better lenses). Good portraits. Can’t tell things are photoshopped – very good sign. I’d hire her for nice, general wedding coverage in most conditions.
Cons: When I thumb through her portfolio I think “nice, nice, nice, wait, why is this in here?, nice, nice” In each collection, I find oddball photos that throw off her quality. Her blog doesn’t show her working a ton. Her about page is less personal. Her website more businessy. I would not hire her if she cost more than 3.5K.
In the end: Felicebouc, if she fits the bill.