Oct 23, 2010

Stephen Ludwig
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I don't write reviews too often but had such a great experience with Stephen that I have to let people know how great he is. Oh I guess I should introduce name is Sarah and I got married on the beautiful island of Maui. I have a feeling this will be long since I am going to start from the beginning.

I found Stephens' blog/website and fell in love with everything, his fine art site added to the appeal. I contacted Stephen to ask for his availability for a date I had in mind but he wasn't available. I was surprised when he emailed me back that although he was unavailable he listed a few photographers who he thought I should look into. I don't even think he knows them personally but just respected them as fellow photographers. I thought photographers were competitive so to see this side of him made me respect and appreciate him more. Don't get me wrong, you have to have an amazing portfolio but he just seemed to have so much character.

Since my date was still flexible I called him to ask for availability on multiple dates. He was very friendly and easy to talk to on the phone. He answered all of my questions in regards to photography and I ended up asking him about catering, coordinator, locations and so much more. He is very informative and gave me great suggestions. Of all the vendors along with my day of coordinator I would have to say he was the most reliable.

Of course I hired him to photograph my Maui wedding. His travel fee is less than others I've seen so that was a plus. The process went very smoothly, I checked in with him two weeks before the wedding to go over last minute details and time-line. The next time I spoke with him was at my wedding and the day went by so quickly. He did an amazing job and gave us directions when it was needed. There were fun shots, posy shots, candid shots. I felt like a friend was taking pictures of us which was very nice. Don't get me wrong, he is very professional and gave lots of instructions/directions but there was something about him. It just seemed so natural to him. I can't put my finger on it but it was different than my other vendors. He is definitely in the right line of work. He was always photographing something or someone and my dad just loved him. Later I found out my dad asked him for a business card which I found to be interesting. Maybe my parents are planning a vowel renewal, it would be awesome if Stephen could photograph it!

The post processing time is what I expected for wedding photos and compared to other photographers I inquired with it seemed to be normal. I was surprised to read the review before month is not long at all to wait for wedding photos. It was written in the contract so I knew what to expect. Stephen sent me an on-line gallery of edited photo and OMG they are fantastic. The one thing I really liked was the variety of vivid photos, B&W, sepia, antique, etc. There was a lot of variety and more edited photos than contracted...thanks Stephen!

I shared the link with my family and friends and it just brought back so many happy memories. He really captured every moment. After selecting my prints, I received a box shortly after and it was a joy to open. Everything was so beautifully packaged, I thoroughly enjoyed peeling away the layers of tissue paper, ribbons and some sort of organic shredding which was my favorite part. It was as if my photos were nestled in the middle of a nest...very adorable and creative! My husband enjoyed it too.

Overall...My husband Nate and I heart Stephen Ludwig Photography.

Stephen - If you are reading this review we just want you to know that this is a small way of showing you our gratitude for doing such a wonderful job capturing our day and also for answering all of my questions prior to the wedding. You really are the best.

~Sarah and Nate
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