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sean flanigan photography, inc

Seattle , WA
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I was initially concerned when I read some of the reviews here, but I trusted that they were either written during a difficult time or by competitors.

Sean and his wife Melanie are absolutely the best wedding photography team out there, and my husband and I could not be happier with our photos!

We were planning a destination wedding on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, and decided to research wedding photographers from the Northwest. We immediately fell in love with Sean's work - it is not your typical wedding photography, it is artful, candid, full of emotion, and very, very cool. Sean is incredibly professional and charming, and was easy to work with from the beginning. We received a package of postcards and pins with our contract, every detail was styled to perfection. We allowed Sean and his wife Melanie intimate access to our wedding weekend - from the rehearsal dinner to the day after, and they captured every important moment, with beauty and grace. They were never intrusive, on the contrary, everyone at our wedding fell in love with them! My dad is still talking about how great they were.

Now that we have all the photos, we can't stop beaming over them. They are so insanely beautiful, and so much more than we imagined would ever be possible. When you get married, you celebrate your love, you eat some good food if you get a chance, you put up with strange relatives, and find a new sense of appreciation for your friends. You want to be able to look back at those fleeting moments for the rest of your life - the photos are more important than many other details you can get lost in. Get good photos. It is worth it.

To see some of ours, click here: http://afistfullofbolts.com/jill-joshua-olympic-national-park-2/
I was initially concerned when I read some of the reviews here, but I trusted that they were either written during a Read more...
I was initially concerned when I read some of the reviews here, but I trusted that they were either written during a difficult time or by competitors.

Sean and his wife Melanie are absolutely the best wedding photography team out there, and my husband and I could not be happier with our photos!

We were planning a destination wedding on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, and decided to research wedding photographers from the Northwest. We immediately fell in love with Sean's work - it is not your typical wedding photography, it is artful, candid, full of emotion, and very, very cool. Sean is incredibly professional and charming, and was easy to work with from the beginning. We received a package of postcards and pins with our contract, every detail was styled to perfection. We allowed Sean and his wife Melanie intimate access to our wedding weekend - from the rehearsal dinner to the day after, and they captured every important moment, with beauty and grace. They were never intrusive, on the contrary, everyone at our wedding fell in love with them! My dad is still talking about how great they were.

Now that we have all the photos, we can't stop beaming over them. They are so insanely beautiful, and so much more than we imagined would ever be possible. When you get married, you celebrate your love, you eat some good food if you get a chance, you put up with strange relatives, and find a new sense of appreciation for your friends. You want to be able to look back at those fleeting moments for the rest of your life - the photos are more important than many other details you can get lost in. Get good photos. It is worth it.

To see some of ours, click here: http://afistfullofbolts.com/jill-joshua-olympic-national-park-2/ Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
0.7/5.0
This Guy is a fraud! dont attend his workshop!!!!
This Guy is a fraud! dont attend his workshop!!!!
This Guy is a fraud! dont attend his workshop!!!! Read less
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Wedding:
7/1/2013
1.0/5.0
1 star would not be a fair review as technically we never had our shoot.
I had a horrible experience similar to a few other couples I read online where we fully paid Sean for a post wedding shoot, travelled from out of town to where we were suppose to meet and he didnt show up. He was simply just not reachable and didnt contact us either after. He finally replied our email after months but he did not refund back our payment and did not explain to us what happened or give us any apology. We wrote to request a refund several times and to date, I have not got my money back. (Let alone the money i wasted on hotel and time in travel) We were lucky because we didnt hire him to shoot our wedding. I couldn't imagine if he stood us up on our wedding day how bad it would be (I read that another couple got stood up for their big day...!!). I won't disagree that his photos are beautiful and i still love very much his work and I'm extremely disappointed that we never took the photos. But if he can't manage the most important thing -showing up or giving people their money back I think it's a shame. So unless you want to risk your photographer not showing up to your big day or possibly not deliver your photos after (which is even worse) and that he may simply disappear and be unreachable ever, pls don't hire him.
1 star would not be a fair review as technically we never had our shoot.
I had a horrible experience similar to a few Read more...
1 star would not be a fair review as technically we never had our shoot.
I had a horrible experience similar to a few other couples I read online where we fully paid Sean for a post wedding shoot, travelled from out of town to where we were suppose to meet and he didnt show up. He was simply just not reachable and didnt contact us either after. He finally replied our email after months but he did not refund back our payment and did not explain to us what happened or give us any apology. We wrote to request a refund several times and to date, I have not got my money back. (Let alone the money i wasted on hotel and time in travel) We were lucky because we didnt hire him to shoot our wedding. I couldn't imagine if he stood us up on our wedding day how bad it would be (I read that another couple got stood up for their big day...!!). I won't disagree that his photos are beautiful and i still love very much his work and I'm extremely disappointed that we never took the photos. But if he can't manage the most important thing -showing up or giving people their money back I think it's a shame. So unless you want to risk your photographer not showing up to your big day or possibly not deliver your photos after (which is even worse) and that he may simply disappear and be unreachable ever, pls don't hire him. Read less
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Nicholas
Wedding:
4/20/2013
0.0/5.0
Hi-

Just to confirm thoughts below...

Sean cancelled on us the Thursday (two days) before our wedding. When I say cancelled, I mean "sent us an anonymous email stating he was going through some personal problems." That is, he was in jail.

He has never since contacted us personally and hasn't refunded any money. As a former photography professional, it's absolutely disturbing how many times he has done this to other people. Please do not go with Sean. He has a good eye, but there are dozens of other photographers out there who can produce amazing photographs for you. We were fortunately able to turn to two photographers out of Portland (blue window creative) who were willing to come to Seattle on 48 hrs notice and not only produce amazing images but actually function as an integral part of our wedding.

Your wedding is about more than the photos and your photographer should be more than a cameraman with a good eye. Choose wisely and do lots of research. There weren't this many negative reviews about Sean 12 months ago, but a lot of people are coming out of the woodwork.
Hi-

Just to confirm thoughts below...

Sean cancelled on us the Thursday (two days) before our wedding. Read more...
Hi-

Just to confirm thoughts below...

Sean cancelled on us the Thursday (two days) before our wedding. When I say cancelled, I mean "sent us an anonymous email stating he was going through some personal problems." That is, he was in jail.

He has never since contacted us personally and hasn't refunded any money. As a former photography professional, it's absolutely disturbing how many times he has done this to other people. Please do not go with Sean. He has a good eye, but there are dozens of other photographers out there who can produce amazing photographs for you. We were fortunately able to turn to two photographers out of Portland (blue window creative) who were willing to come to Seattle on 48 hrs notice and not only produce amazing images but actually function as an integral part of our wedding.

Your wedding is about more than the photos and your photographer should be more than a cameraman with a good eye. Choose wisely and do lots of research. There weren't this many negative reviews about Sean 12 months ago, but a lot of people are coming out of the woodwork. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.0/5.0
I am writing this review with the distinct feeling that I need to protect other couples from the possible demoralizing experience that my husband and I have had. We hired Sean months ago to do a photo session for us, akin to an engagement session, although we're already married (just didn't love our wedding photos). We had been long time admirers of his work-it's stunning! While we still uphold his work as being incredible, we have found his professionalism to be an abyssmal ZERO! He was great at communication until we paid our session fee upfront. Then, for 72 hours before our session, he was completely non-communicative. We drove hours to near his area to do this session with him...staying in a hotel. Still no word. The morning arrived, no word. We were kicked out the hotel, and had to go home. He called at the very moment we got home (HOURS after our MANY calls to say 'where are you?' 'what's up?'...and, 'guess we are going home since we haven't heard from you'). He said he had the date wrong (all of our email correspondence has the correct date, though...the date that we were there! Then, he said he would be in contact with us soon. You'd think we'd be made a priority because of the mistake on his part, but he has NEVER CONTACTED US AGAIN. We've sent so many messages, emails, phone calls (his phone is turned off now). Now, we're simply trying to get our investment refunded, and he is unwilling to communicate still. We are so disgusted with the whole thing, that we are now being forced to file either a tort or a small claims. We're very concerned that if he's this laid-back about a public dispute, it makes us think this ISN'T his first time. The impression we have gotten is that he is unable to deal with hard or uncomfortable conversations, so he just ignores the situation entirely. Another couple commented on his possible tumultuous time in life...BE WARY!!
Being that he has recently been named one of the top 10 wedding photographers, we really expected more.
I am writing this review with the distinct feeling that I need to protect other couples from the possible demoralizing Read more...
I am writing this review with the distinct feeling that I need to protect other couples from the possible demoralizing experience that my husband and I have had. We hired Sean months ago to do a photo session for us, akin to an engagement session, although we're already married (just didn't love our wedding photos). We had been long time admirers of his work-it's stunning! While we still uphold his work as being incredible, we have found his professionalism to be an abyssmal ZERO! He was great at communication until we paid our session fee upfront. Then, for 72 hours before our session, he was completely non-communicative. We drove hours to near his area to do this session with him...staying in a hotel. Still no word. The morning arrived, no word. We were kicked out the hotel, and had to go home. He called at the very moment we got home (HOURS after our MANY calls to say 'where are you?' 'what's up?'...and, 'guess we are going home since we haven't heard from you'). He said he had the date wrong (all of our email correspondence has the correct date, though...the date that we were there! Then, he said he would be in contact with us soon. You'd think we'd be made a priority because of the mistake on his part, but he has NEVER CONTACTED US AGAIN. We've sent so many messages, emails, phone calls (his phone is turned off now). Now, we're simply trying to get our investment refunded, and he is unwilling to communicate still. We are so disgusted with the whole thing, that we are now being forced to file either a tort or a small claims. We're very concerned that if he's this laid-back about a public dispute, it makes us think this ISN'T his first time. The impression we have gotten is that he is unable to deal with hard or uncomfortable conversations, so he just ignores the situation entirely. Another couple commented on his possible tumultuous time in life...BE WARY!!
Being that he has recently been named one of the top 10 wedding photographers, we really expected more. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.8/5.0
Sean was our wedding photographer and I have hesitated to write this because I have to say we are mostly over the moon with our photographs.... Our issue was really with communication. We had some issues with receiving our photographs. It appears that he and his previous partner (his wife) stopped shooting weddings together...

I think we just got him during a tumultuous time in his life, but it took a long time to get the photos and while there were some fabulous pictures, a couple of the specific pictures I requested on our questionnaire we sent were ignored. *I don't have a picture of me and my brother which still makes me sad to think about.

I think I would use him as our photographer, but it would have been nice for him to be transparent about his situation so that we weren't in the dark about when we would receive them etc.
Sean was our wedding photographer and I have hesitated to write this because I have to say we are mostly over the moon Read more...
Sean was our wedding photographer and I have hesitated to write this because I have to say we are mostly over the moon with our photographs.... Our issue was really with communication. We had some issues with receiving our photographs. It appears that he and his previous partner (his wife) stopped shooting weddings together...

I think we just got him during a tumultuous time in his life, but it took a long time to get the photos and while there were some fabulous pictures, a couple of the specific pictures I requested on our questionnaire we sent were ignored. *I don't have a picture of me and my brother which still makes me sad to think about.

I think I would use him as our photographer, but it would have been nice for him to be transparent about his situation so that we weren't in the dark about when we would receive them etc. Read less
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David
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
This review is a tad bit tardy but better late then never.....Sean took our engagement photos back in April 2011 and did an amazing job. He made us feel super comfortable as neither of us has ever done anything like this and both feel like we take horrible pictures. He took the time to drive all the way up to Lynnwood and we took photos from Mukilteo to downtown Everett. We went to several locations and even had a few outfit changes but never felt rushed or like we were on a time limit. We loved Sean's style and felt like he had some unique perspectives from pictures he had on his blog so we just took a chance and booked him. We're very happy we made the decision to go with him and still get compliments till this day, our wedding photographer even asked who did our engagement photos! We would've booked him for our wedding but it was in Oahu so we went with a local photographer on the island. Also, not sure if all photographers do this but Sean provided us with all the files and even copies that were rendered to look good on the web for FB purposes of course.
This review is a tad bit tardy but better late then never.....Sean took our engagement photos back in April 2011 and did Read more...
This review is a tad bit tardy but better late then never.....Sean took our engagement photos back in April 2011 and did an amazing job. He made us feel super comfortable as neither of us has ever done anything like this and both feel like we take horrible pictures. He took the time to drive all the way up to Lynnwood and we took photos from Mukilteo to downtown Everett. We went to several locations and even had a few outfit changes but never felt rushed or like we were on a time limit. We loved Sean's style and felt like he had some unique perspectives from pictures he had on his blog so we just took a chance and booked him. We're very happy we made the decision to go with him and still get compliments till this day, our wedding photographer even asked who did our engagement photos! We would've booked him for our wedding but it was in Oahu so we went with a local photographer on the island. Also, not sure if all photographers do this but Sean provided us with all the files and even copies that were rendered to look good on the web for FB purposes of course. Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
5/28/2011
0.0/5.0
After much frustration, Sean Flanigan has contacted my husband and I and we have received our wedding albums. We were married in May of 2011, so the delay and lack of communication of Sean’s part was extremely frustrating. Though the quality of Sean’s work was beautiful, I will not be using his services again and I would not recommend him.
After much frustration, Sean Flanigan has contacted my husband and I and we have received our wedding albums. We were Read more...
After much frustration, Sean Flanigan has contacted my husband and I and we have received our wedding albums. We were married in May of 2011, so the delay and lack of communication of Sean’s part was extremely frustrating. Though the quality of Sean’s work was beautiful, I will not be using his services again and I would not recommend him. Read less
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kespencer
Wedding:
9/1/2007
4.9/5.0
We came across Sean's website while searching for our wedding photographer and his work took our breath away. Our wedding photos are not only a way to remember our special day, but they are also works of art. Nearly a year later our family and friends are still commenting on our photos and we couldn't have been happier with our experience.
We came across Sean's website while searching for our wedding photographer and his work took our breath away. Our wedding Read more...
We came across Sean's website while searching for our wedding photographer and his work took our breath away. Our wedding photos are not only a way to remember our special day, but they are also works of art. Nearly a year later our family and friends are still commenting on our photos and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/16/2007
5.0/5.0
Sean and his wife Lydia were a pleasure to work with and his photos are absolutely gorgeous! Check out his web site for soem awesome examples. I'm so glad we were lucky enough to have him shoot our wedding.
Sean and his wife Lydia were a pleasure to work with and his photos are absolutely gorgeous! Check out his web site for Read more...
Sean and his wife Lydia were a pleasure to work with and his photos are absolutely gorgeous! Check out his web site for soem awesome examples. I'm so glad we were lucky enough to have him shoot our wedding. Read less
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