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Michael West Photography

Largo , FL

LOCATION

12800 Vonn Rd Unit #7003
Largo, FL US 33774 (map)

PHONE

727-474-3472

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

MICHAEL WEST PHOTOGRAPHY offers full service wedding packages for your special day. Staring from your Hotel, or home for final prep shots, then on to the wedding site for arrival of... Read more
MICHAEL WEST PHOTOGRAPHY offers full service wedding packages for your special day. Staring from your Hotel, or home for final prep shots, then on to the wedding site for arrival of guests and groom party shots, to the Bride entrance and ceremony, with close-ups, followed by family and friends, fomal and candid, hugs and kisses, and personal Bride and Goom sequence. I also invite guest paparazzi photographers to join in the fun. Then on to the reception, for toasts, cake cut etc. to the final dance.

All packages include, 4x6 prints in albums with unedited C.D. and copyright release. www.michaelwestphotography.com
For more info and custom packages please call 727-599-4607 or toll free 866-464-4944. Visa, Mastercard welcome. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Indoors, churches, banquet halls, homes, studio.
 Outdoors, location,on boats, in parks on beaches, Daytime Nightime.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I shoot both. I prefer digital, but still love film
How many photographers do you work with?
I have two stand in photographers for double bookings. Mainly Saturdays.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes. Unless I'm double booked that day. In which case I will let the bride know and communicate with the Photographer
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Yes, if time and location will permit.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. I have two replacements that follow my technique and instructions.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Depending upon the situation, but I always carry a complete array incase of the unexpected
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Always.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
By the package as pre ordered
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
This can be negotiated, but usually $150.00 per hour.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I never take a break unless their is a lull in activities.
Do you charge for travel?
Over 50 miles requires a small travel charge
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
I usually deliver the next day, since most of my clients will be leaving soon.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
4x6 prints in album with CD and Copyright release
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Only with a model release signed by the client
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Only with a model release, signed by the client.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
Wedding albums, white or black
When will the client get the final album?
The next day

REVIEWS

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Angela
Wedding:
4/3/2013
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved our photos! He was very professional and courteous. He gave very good direction to us on how to pose. The different angles he took the shots were amazing in the photos. He captured the most beautiful photos of our wedding! I would recommend him 100% to anyone wanting to capture any beautiful event as he has done for us! I actually teared up as I looked thrue my wedding pictures. What a wonderful photographer!
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Katie
Wedding:
8/18/2012
0.0/5.0
We had previously paid Michael west and his wife to photograph and video our wedding, on arrival they explained to us that the video recorder wasn't working so one of our guests kindly lent mrs west his.
During the wedding he failed to give us and prompts for good pictures and kept asking us how we wanted the photos when he should of been telling us what would look good.
The following day the pictures were delivered and the camcorder collected to be sent to their editor. On looking through the pictures we were very disappointed as most of them were dark, blurry or off centre. Also in many of the pictures michaels wests wife can be seen in the corner with her camera tripod.
2 days later mrs west returned and told us their editor was unable to complete the video as they haven't got the equipment, she offered us a $100 refund but we said we were unhappy with the pictures also but she refused to give us any money and said they took more pictures than they should have. Just a shame none of them are of good quality.
They stupidly left the evidence of the fact they took the pictures to Walgreens and only cost $32 to process. Any real professionals would of centred and photo shopped the photos. When we said this his wife said they never do that and she was a photographer she was a wedding organiser so we are unsure as to why she was videoing our wedding. She left without even giving us the $100 refund she said she would.

Our pictures look nothing like the ones on their website or the ones that they bring in an album when you first meet them. Luckily many of our guests have took plenty of good pictures and also the Pastor that married us had his wife at the ceremony and reception and she took some amazing pictures.

So we have paid $800 for rubbish photos that cost $32 to process and no video.

DON'T EVER HIRE MICHAEL WEST. I THINK IT'S TIME THEIR RETIRED BECAUSE THEY REALLY HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO DO THEIR JOB PROPERLY
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susan
Wedding:
8/18/2012
0.0/5.0
If you want good pictures of your Wedding DO NOT hire Michael West.
Our friends and family took better shots than they did. Their video camera did not work and the quality of their work was very very poor. We had pre-paid and they would not refund any of our money. They did no editing of the pictures, took them to Walgreens to be developed and just put them in an album.
Very Very Bad.
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never again
Wedding:
3/16/2012
3.4/5.0
I just got the digital copy and printed copies and I was very disappointed with the pictures! A lot of the shots were either out of focus or needed a lot of editing and serious photoshop. I've spent several hours editing the pictures of our wedding and some of them I just had to delete (like the picture of a headless shirt). There was very little direction from the photographer on what to do for pictures. He acted more like a guest than a paid photographer! I had to ask him to take pictures of us with the guests. Some of the guests were annoyed by his lack of initiative and thankfully took better pictures for us. Its hard to believe the high ratings he got from other reviews. Would never hire him again!
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David
Wedding:
3/16/2012
0.7/5.0
Although Michael West was prompt for the ceremony and with returning the pictures, it appears that once he got his payment and sent the pictures he cares less to talk to his customers. I found that 27% of the pictures I received from West were sub par or below. Many pictures have people cut off in shots, are blurry, pictures of me on my phone trying to get others missing from the photo set up to come, and a picture just of a guest's shirt! I would assume that as a photographer you would put focus on the bride & groom and be able to wait to take a photo, but he went ahead and just took it.

I contacted Mr. West about our displeasure and he mentioned that he did overshoot more pictures than he should have and asked me if we would like a partial refund, I said it would be appreciated. He told me he would look through the pictures and get back with me and never has. I and my wife have called him about this matter and are either hurried to get off the phone or told we will get a call. It took almost a month of being given the run around until I was finally able to get in touch with him.

DO NOT hire Micheal West as your photographer!!!
Explanation of each score:

Quality of Service: 0/5 because I feel as though my wife and I are being discarded after the photographer admitted to not doing the best job he could and for many pictures looking like a novice took them. Friends who took pictures for FREE came out so much better than his.

Responsiveness: 0/5 because when my wife or I try to contact him about this matter we are now being given the run around and feel as though we are being lied to

Professionalism: 0/5 because I do not find it professional at all to deliver a sub par product and then seem to avoid their customers

Value: 2/5 because this value was good

Flexibility: 1.5/5 because he just took shots, did not seem to be focused on capturing the moment, and seemed to be more of a guest than a hired photographer

*** I have uploaded pictures I received from him on my profile ***
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pretty woman
Wedding:
12/29/2009
5.0/5.0
Mike was absolutely the best photographer I have ever worked with. He is very flexible, friendly, and professional. He was on the ball with all the shots to be taken. I asked for a few extra shots which he took in stride and kept going. He took all the necessary ones plus lots of others. Then gives you consent to print pictures yourself. so no extra cost from him for extra photos. Very reasonably priced and willing to work within budgets. I love him. He is fantastic and I would recommend to anyone.
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gsxrchick600
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael was wonderful. Extremely patient. Our pics turned out great and they were ready in 2 days. I would highly recommend him!!!!!
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Sara
Wedding:
10/6/2009
5.0/5.0
Wonderful to work with. Beautiful photographs. Excellent service. Great price. Photographs were delivered in less than 24 hrs in a beautiful album. Would highly recommend. Will definitely use for future events.
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sherristevick
Wedding:
7/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Michael West Photography provided wonderful service for our wedding capturing some breath taking moments that we will cherish forever!
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KristiSiemering
Wedding:
3/22/2009
5.0/5.0
We LOVED our wedding photos. They came already put into a white wedding photo album with a little rhinestone ring on the front. Mike worked with us, and was very flexible. There were a few shots that we knew we wanted before hand and he was more than happy to take them, and then we left the rest of the picture ideas and poses in his hands, and they turned out amazing. There isn't a single picutre he took that we didn't like. That's very rare for any event, to not have at least one picture where you don't like how you look. We had brought a cd that was playing during the picutres so ina few of them he just took candid shots of us dancing and celebrating our marriage. I've already recommended Mike to several other friends that are looking at destination weddings. Everything was so easy, and we Love Love Love how the pictures turned out!
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