Post # 1
I am trying to decide between the following 4 photographers. We have met with all of them and they are all lovely people that we know we would enjoy working with. Price-wise they are about the same. So I guess it comes down to their work. 1, 2, and 4 use more natural light, whereas 3 (Furious Photography) usues lots of portable lighting. I personally don’t know how this all affects the photos, but I think I like Furious Photography’s photos the best. What do you all think??
1. Onelove Photography
2. Natalie Williams Photography
3. Furious Photography
4. Epic Imagery
Post # 3
Epic Imagery is my fav of the 4. I’m also a wedding photographer & “know what to look for”… they had great angles, great exposure & great clarity of pics. However, all 4 of em seem great, so go with who’s style you like best. Which photographer did you “get along” best with? You want to go with the photographer you feel comfortable with.
They’re all the same pricing… but do they all include the rights to print? & will any of them throw in engagement pics? Many photographers will do engagements for free or at a discount if you book your wedding thru them. Do any of them include a 2nd shooter?
Have fun 🙂
Post # 4
Natalie Williams is my favorite of that group. It really depends on what you are going for. If you want the muted look that is popular in all the wedding blogs, then #1, 3 and 4 have that. If you want bright, crisp pictures, then #2 has that going.
What I did think was interesting is that none of the sites tell what is included in your price. That can be something that justifiably turns people away from using a vendor. Price is an upfront element that tells you right away whether this company is within your budget or not so you can look elsewhere if you need to.
Post # 5
serabell brings up some interesting points. For me the two key things would be what are they offering for the price and who do you feel comfortable with, if you already feel you are happy with their portfolio of work. If you really can’t decide between them, hire one for your engagement pics and wedding, and another for your boudoir or TTD (budget permitting).
Post # 6
I would use Epic! Good luck ! 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks! I still can’t decide, I love them all…can anyone comment on their use/lack of use of light?
Post # 8
I like the 2nd and 4th choices
Post # 9
I’m on the Natalie Williams bandwagon. I looked closely at all 4 and think that she was best at versatility. I bet she could make her style meld with your style most easily… but ultimately photography is art and if one of the others resonates with you more then go with them. All are good choices!
Post # 10
I like Epic Imagery the best as well, with Natalie Williams a VERY close second. I think it would come down to price and what I would get for my money, like the other said.
Post # 11
I like Natalie Williams first, epic second… good luck 🙂
Post # 12
Personally, I absolutely love One Love. If I could afford it, I would have hired them in a heartbeat. But I agree with everyone else that what matters is their fit with your aesthetic preferences – I think that One Love and Epic have very, very different styles. Natalie Williams seems somewhere between those two. If you want more fashion-shoot looking stuff, I would not recommend One Love. On the other hand, looking at their website, I was not super impressed by Epic’s non-staged photos (although the posed stuff looks awesome). So if you want both, Natalie Williams might be the way to go.
Post # 13
#1. Onelove gets my vote. i absolutely love their use of light and the photojournalistic quality of the photos that I prefer. I would book them in a heartbeat if I didn’t live so far away.
Since you have four great choices and like all their photography styles, I would go with the photographer you feel you click with the best. Making sure you can work together well and understand each other’s vision will affect the overall quality of the photos.
Post # 14
My only comment is for having all that portable lighting, I’d still say Furious Photography is not really better than the others. Besides, you can’t bring portable lighting to an indoor wedding and get up-close shots during the ceremony – the flash is too distracting. Portable lighting is bulky and sometimes the equipment will actually get IN the pictures. It can also slow you down, A LOT. Brides aren’t just standing in one spot during the reception, you cant drag a lightstand with an umbrella with you everywhere and be fast enough to catch the shot – which is why some of their more candids arent quite properly lit (the light is in the wrong spot).
The advantages of natural lighting is obviously the ability to work faster, be more on your toes and offer a photojournalistic style. The disadvantages are when the room is just TOO dark, and it becomes more difficult to get high-quality, cleaner photos due to the use of ISO (the equivalent of fast film in digital). Personally, I use natural light, and find most brides have control over the lights and can turn them up a bit if that were to become absolutely necessary.
Overall, it’s hard for me to choose between them. I think they are generally on the same playing field. I think No. 1.) I’d choose Natalie Williams. She does better portraiture overall and I’m sure spends a lot of time editing to do it. She seems very talented and, while I only saw two weddings on her site, she might be one of those who is only charging less because she is still starting out. However, she has complete weddings featured on her site, so you know you are going to get more than just a few good photos! No. 2.) I’d choose epic. The other two are about the same. Keep in mind all this is based on a few photos. I’d really need to see a whole wedding from each of them. Good luck in your choice!!!
Post # 15
I didn’t look at the sites, but one of my considerations was that I wanted a photog who had been a bride recently!
Post # 16
iswimibikeirun – hey, that’s me! hehe
I haven’t looked, I want to know first, what are your wedding venues and what time is your wedding? Will you be in a lot of soft natural light? Will you be indoors mostly? Mostly outdoors in bright sun? All three may have a different “best” photographer…