Jason Domingues Photography
What can I say about our good friends Jason and Allison Domingues.
Let me first off by stating that I, myself, am a wedding photographer, so choosing the person to capture my own special day was a tall order.
When discussing a choice of photographer for our wedding with my lovely bride, without hesitation, I had wanted to go with Jason from the get go.
It all started with a casual meeting down at a local sushi restaurant where I got to meet the man behind the incredible images I was constantly seeing on Facebook.
Taking good pictures wasn't what we wanted. We wanted IMAGES from our memory that we could tangibly have. Jason's work fits that bill.
But that was only half the reason why we chose him. To completely "seal the deal" on choosing Jason goes back to that first initial meeting with him several years even before meeting my wife.
He left an impression on me that the RELATIONSHIP with the couple was the first and foremost priority. When that relationship was cultivated, the fruit of amazing wedding photography would come to full harvest.
My wife and I were not let down.
He came into our day, into our lives, and not only captured the memory, but celebrated the day with us. And might I add that his second shooter, Booker, was a GREAT GUY to have a part of the day. He didn't hesitate either to be a part of the fun, whilst capturing some priceless moments.
We are a very social bunch, and we wanted our photographer not to feel like they were just the "hired help."
Looking back, we would've never thought different in choosing Jason to not only capture our day, but ultimately being a part of our day.
My wife and I now can grow old together and gaze upon every moment that Jason's shutter clicked and relish in the most memorable day our our lives.
Jason and Allison are an AMAZING duo. Allison was always quick to respond to any questions we had through our wedding planning, even when it wasn’t remotely related to photography! How amazingly helpful that was! Jason is one of the most talented photographers I researched for the wedding. When we met him, right away we knew he was the kind of guy we wouldn’t mind in our ‘personal bubbles’. He made my husband and I feel so relaxed during the engagement photo shoot. I highly recommend to everyone that the photographer who shoots your wedding also shoot your engagement pictures. This allowed us to get to know Jason a little better and get used to being in front of his camera.
My husband and I were ecstatic with the engagement and wedding photos. They captured every thing that was most important to us. To us pictures were a very important part of our wedding because we wanted to be able to share this day with our future children and family. The price for everything that Jason provides to his customers is very reasonable, especially when the photographs are so important to you.
Jason and Allison are extremely flexible. I cannot tell you how many times we had to reschedule for engagement pictures due to weather and my crazy night shift working. I am sure they were tired of us by the end of it all, but they never once let us know that. They just calmly rescheduled and did whatever they could to help us! It was wonderful to know that they cared that much.
I am writing this review 8 months after our wedding, mostly because life was a little hectic. Today I was searching through our pictures for a project and ended up spending over two hours looking at all off them with happy tears in my eyes. It just reminded me of how very thankful I was that people like Jason and Allison exist! I still love each and every picture as much as I did the first time I looked at them.
Thanks Jason and Allison!
I would DEFINITELY recommend Jason & Allison to anyone having a wedding or event. Allison is very helpful with questions and details via email. I asked her a crazy question via email in frantic state and she was very sweet about answering it and didn't make me feel silly at all. Their contract is very clear and easy to understand, but they are still open to answering any questions. Jason is detail oriented-as am I, and he went through the itinerary for the day step by step at our meeting- which was very reassuring. They are experts on these events and they know how much time each step that they’re involved in will take- which is nice when you’re planning a reception with a time crunch. On the actual day Jason was great. He was always there to catch that special moment, but he wasn’t in your face or distracting. He kept us on time and reassured me a lot that I didn’t have to worry. He could tell when I was getting stressed out and stopped to check on me and reassure me again- so observant! As for the pictures, they are AMAZING. There’s no other word for it. He does a great job of mixing the posed pictures that you want and need with beautiful candid shots that show those moments that you would have forgotten. I really wanted to see my reception before people arrived, but there was no time. Jason sent his second photographer out to the site right after the ceremony to capture what the space looked like for me. I am so thankful I have those images! All in all, they are a professional, creative, helpful and wonderful people and you want them on your side!
Choosing Jason to photograph our wedding was the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process. He was great to work with and his images are amazing. I've received so many compliments on our pictures and I just love looking at them again and again. Our wedding was May 19th and our images were posted online June 6th. Jason actually texted me a few pictures the night before they were posted online because he knew how excited I was to see them. After looking through the pictures there were a few things that I asked Allison if there were more images of and she got back to me within a few hours that she would check with Jason. They posted the additional images for us online within a few days and we got our disk with all of the images on June 18th. Jason and Allison are both very easy to work with and we had so much fun shooting both our engagement pictures and our wedding pictures with Jason. We're looking forward to working with them again in the future!
I would (and have been!) tell anyone who will listen to work with Jason and Allison. Not only were they professional, reliable, easy to get along with (and fun!), they have allowed my husband and I to have amazingly beautiful memories of our wedding day. During a time that I was stressed and worried about a million little details, I never once worried about the photography aspect of my wedding day. It was a pleasure to have them be a part of our day and our decision to work with them was one that I would make again and again.
From a financial point of view, my husband and I couldn't have been happier. Since we paid for the majority of our wedding, it was important for us to get the most "bang for our buck" and we truly feel like we got that. We were treated as well, and I believe substantially better, than any of our friends who paid considerably more for their extremely expensive photographer. Even though we put off doing our engagement pictures until a week before our July wedding, Jason was kind enough to fit us into his schedule and even commented on how happy he was to do it because it gave him a chance to get to know us a little bit more before our wedding day. This was during an extremely busy and hectic summer for their business and family and we never once felt like we were put on the back burner.
After the wedding, our family and friends made comments about how wonderful our photographers were, and now as we are giving pictures out to people (because they give you the rights to the pictures!) I can't describe the wonderul words and comments we are hearing. I will always be so incredibly happy we chose Jason Domingues Photography.
I SO enjoyed working with Jason and Allison. Such a sweet couple, and so full of talent. They truly provide great photography. Crisp, clear, beautiful images. Allison was a very responsive contact via e-mail, and Jason truly made our engagement session vision a beautiful reality. I would recommend the Domingues' to anybody!
LOVE LOVE LOVE Jason Domingues Photography! I had an awesome experience with him. Our e-session was fun and relaxing. I had a blast at my wedding and he captured all of the moments. I would recommend him hands down.
I don't see how anyone could do better than Jason and Allison. Not only do they take beautiful pictures, but their demeanor on the day of the wedding acts as a stress reliever rather than an added chore for the day.
We had a couple complications with the limo on the day of the wedding and it would have stressed me out if I didn't know that I had a capable photographer ready to create great shots no matter where we were.
I will be recommending them to any person that I know who has an upcoming wedding, and I'm hoping to use them again myself if the chance presents itself.
Jason & Allison Domingues were wonderful to work with! My husband & I met with 3 other photographers & knew when we met the Jason & Allison that they were it. They are easy-going, creative, fun to have around, and so easy to work with. Jason & Chris spent the day with us & they were totally relaxed. We highly recommend them!
When we met Jason and Allison we really, really loved them. They’re our kind of people, which left us more excited about working with them than any other wedding vendor. Unfortunately, though, we had a couple of hiccups that left us down-in-the-dumps about the whole experience.
Their service before and leading up to the wedding was phenomenal. They’re funny, kind, helpful, and genuinely nice people.
The photos that we got back, especially the posed photos that we took before the wedding, were really wonderful and worth the investment. Also, if you look at his website/photo blog, you can see what he's capable of--taking the most gorgeous photos around.
They forgot that Jason was supposed to shoot our rehearsal dinner instead of doing an engagement session, so he was out of town and we had to find a friend to do it at the last minute.
We received VERY FEW photos of our reception. I don't think Jason stayed very long, which left us scrambling to get the late night, fun dance party photos from friends. We also had to get photos of family members and friends interacting from others.
It took 3 months to see the photos, and another month to receive the disc. Many e-mails went unanswered post-wedding, and we eventually had to call to track them down.
I feel like there are probably lots of explanations for the cons above, so I have tried to give them the benefit of the doubt--but in the end we were left with an incomplete photo history of the day.
Vendor response to review
Trisa, we are very sorry to hear about what you are upset about, and I will do my best to respond to your concerns.
We did have a very brief discussion on the phone about shooting the rehearsal dinner, instead of an e-session, and when we realized that Jason's flight wasn't getting in on time, we contacted you letting you know that our associate could shoot it. We received a response from you saying that it wasn't a big deal and you would prefer to just have a friend shoot it and get some wedding prints from us instead. Again, we had coverage available, but you opted for the prints instead.
With regards to the reception photos, Jason (and our second shooters) never leave a reception without getting an ok from our clients. They shot everything that was going on at your party (eating, drinking, socializing, talking), and once they captured a good variety of all of that, they checked in with you to make sure there wasn't anything else that needed to be covered. They never leave until they are given permission to do so. When we posted your reception photos, we selected our favorites, and being that it wasn't a huge party with a lot of "partying" going on, we felt that the images we posted adequately covered the party that you had. However, when you questioned whether there were more photos, we happily posted the rest of them to your gallery as you requested.
I apologize that you also were not happy with the length of time it took for your wedding to be completed. The normal time frame in the industry is 6-12 weeks, and as we told you, our usual time frame is the Monday or Tuesday following the wedding for photos to be completed. When we updated you after the wedding, we told you that during the very busy holiday season, all of our photo editing and posting takes longer than usual, and your response was that it was no problem at all. I certainly wish that if you were upset about it, that you would have addressed that with us at that time, instead of telling us it was ok, and then posting negative feedback months later.
We appreciate the positive feedback you gave us, and hopefully this explanation will jog your memory about our previous discussions and the fact that we have already addressed any and all concerns that you had. We enjoyed working with you very much. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.
I've been meaning to write this review for some time however due to frustration looking back at my experience with Jason and Allison I thought I would be too harsh if I wrote this review right away.
When we met Jason and Allison we were so excited to have Jason photograph our wedding because they seemed like the nicest, most down to Earth people who really understood what we were looking for in a photographer.
Here was our experience: Allison responsivness to emails is either great or awful. At the time we were getting married she was a stay at home mom which is obviously a full time job, let alone trying to be Jason's assistant. Emails would go unanswered for a week (as a business person I expect emails returned within 24 hours...perhaps my expectations are too high). Eventually, my mom took over contacting Allison becauase I simply didn't have time to email and call because there was other wedding stuff to be accomplished.
The day of our wedding I had hired Jason and a 2nd photographer he suggested so Jason could be with the girls and Chris could be with the guys. My husband and his groomsmen went to the church early to have their photos taken at the church...they went 2.5 hour early so there was plenty of time for photos. About 30 minutes before I walked down the aisle I learned the men had not had their photos taken and instead had been standing around waiting. When my mom asked Jason about this he said he wanted to take the photos himself. This was not agreed upon. I specifically requested the men have their photos done before so we didn't have to take time after the ceremony.
Due to the photos not being taken before the wedding (as originally agreed upon) Jason had us leave our wedding reception for 30 minutes to take the pictures. The whole wedding party left the wedding reception for 30 minutes to get photos of just the bridal party (along photos of the guys).
We paid for me to have photos taken a few weeks after the wedding (I believe these are called Unbridals?). Jason told me to contact them to have the photos taken. Unfortunately between the weather and Jason being booked on the weekends this didn't happen. I really wanted the photos to be taken in the Fall (since we got married in Oct.) which we missed (again due to weather and scheduling). I was ok with this because I knew we could try again the following Fall. I reached out to Jason to schedule and never heard from him. I also emailed Allison and asked her to schedule the session. I never heard from either of them. Honestly, at that point I was so fed up with their lack of repsonse that I didn't want Jason to take any photos of me. Basically I paid them $300 for no service.
As I look back at our wedding photos I have NO pictures of my husband and me at the alter together (we had said this was very important to have in our meeting). If you think you will remember the photos you want taken, you will not...there is way too much going on to remember. That is why you hire a photographer. Although we are not totally traditional people I knew my mom and dad would want photos of us posed at the alter after the ceremony. We don't have one photo. Sadly, the photos I do have with my family at the church look yellow (it reminds me of my mom's wedding photos from 1973). I suppose this is some techique Jason used? I simply wanted classic church photos which was expressed during the meeting we had with them.
I've taken a long time to think about this review as to not come across too harsh. Honestly I may have never taken time to write it except I was emailed recently by a bride who had seen our photos when she met with Jason about her wedding. She asked me my opinion and I told her I would never use them again. *Side note- she did not hire them as she told me I was the 2nd person she had heard bad things about them from*. I think he is talented however communication is a KEY part of hiring a photographer. They lack this key business skill.
I wish I could say I'm the only person who has had this experience but I know two other people (one bride, one family photo session) that had more issues than we did. My biggest regret is that we didn't hire Wirken Photograhpy.
FYI: My wedding was featured in Fall/Winter 2010 KC Weddings. Although Jason took the photos, the reason they picked my wedding is because my Event Planner made the Hilton President look amazing. Her creative ideas, attention to detail, and ability to turn a pretty room into a magical wedding reception was why the pictures look good in the magazine. I owe Kristin Bulter of Fabulous Fete all of my thanks.
Vendor response to review
Jason and I are very saddened to read this (for a number of reasons), so I am going to do my best to respond to all of your comments/concerns.
I guess the thing that confuses us the most is the fact that not a single word was ever said to us about the fact that you were unhappy with your experience with us. In fact it was quite the opposite. I have multiple emails from you and your mom that you sent after the wedding telling us how much you love your photos. Here are a few of your quotes, :
First off we love our photos! We are trying to decide which one to have you blow up like our engagement photo...it's not easy."
"Jason's photos of our wedding. I don't have the words...they are amazing...but more important they are exactly what we'd hoped for. Especially the ones of me with my Grandpa. I showed him the blog for the first time last night and he cried when he saw our photo. He turns 93 next Saturday and he's waited "so long" (in his words) for me to get married.
Tell Jason thank you for
1. posting so many on his blog for us to see (the blog site has made it to NYC, FL, CA, TX, CO...people love looking at it!)
2. being patient with Kristin
3. capturing our day and
4. being flexible to get some shots we wanted. I'm especially grateful for him staying around til we left to get those last shots of us leaving the Hilton (although I'm dreading seeing my tear streaked face! ha!).
"Again, thank you for your work. We greatly appreciate you and Jason."
Your mom said the photos were "amazing".
As for the schedule on the wedding day, I can't comment on too much, being that I wasn't there, other than to say that there are all kinds of things that happen on wedding days that make the schedule not go exactly as planned. Jason looked at your wedding as a very special one, and being that Chris was new with our company at that time, I believe Jason just wanted to make sure that each aspect of your day was covered exactly as he wanted it to be.
The part where Chris was to be with the guys, and Jason was to be with the girls was before the church..for all the getting ready photos. And Chris got all of those photos of the guys. Often times, pre-ceremony photos get pushed back to after the ceremony because of the fact that wedding days often run behind. Jason planned on shooting all the portraits at the church himself (that was never to be Chris's job...I am looking at the schedule right now to verify), but again, time just didn't permit before the ceremony, so it happened afterwards.
We frequently take our couples away from their receptions for a short period of time to shoot, (usually at the couples request) so that we can get a nice variety of light and locations (just like we did with you guys...shooting on the way to the reception and then a little bit after dark during the reception).
As far as your un-bridal photos, we have an email thread between you and I discussing the session. The day it was scheduled for was very muddy, and we recommended waiting until things dried up, to which your reply was "No problem".
I then emailed you again on 1/28/10 and asked you if you had decided when you wanted to do your session, and I never heard back from you again.
With regards to the lighting in the church, that light is very golden, and the time of day made it golden as well. That was nothing that anyone could have done anything about. It was the light we had to work with.
Regarding the photos of you and Kole on the altar during the ceremony, there are many of those. They start at image number 1159, and continue on from there to image number 1299. I just went back and looked through your gallery, and those are the file numbers I am using. So, I honestly don't have any clue what you are referring to here. If you are referring to how close Jason could get to shoot you during the ceremony, every church has rules that we have to abide by. Jason always gets as close as he can within the confines of those rules, and also so as not to be disruptive to any of your guests. But again, there are many photos of the two of you during the ceremony, so I'm hoping you can clarify what exactly you are talking about here.
Finally, to address your concerns about my communication (or lack thereof). Way back in 2009, when you and I were communicating about your wedding, our business had grown exponentially (almost overnight). Honestly, it grew way too fast, and we weren't prepared to handle it. You are correct that we had two very young children at home, and I had honestly taken on too much being a full time mom, as well as trying to handle all of the communication for our business. I definitely did go through a period where I was not on top of communication with many of our clients, and I do certainly apologize for that. I learned from my mistakes back then, and have now morphed our business into one that responds to all emails within 24 hours (except for extreme circumstances, weekends, and vacation time).
In fact, you will see that many of our other brides who have left positive reviews about us on here have specifically commented on how much they appreciate my responsiveness. I have no excuse for the fact that I wasn't doing my job as good as it needed to be back in 2009, other than the fact that we were new and inexperienced. Most small businesses go through this, and all we can do is learn from our mistakes and make the necessary improvements. Again, my most sincere apologies for any time that I didn't get back to you soon enough. That is never a concern for our brides now, as I have learned how to handle the craziness of our business, especially now that my children are older and are in school full time.
Stephanie, we sooooo enjoyed working with you and Kole, and from every interaction that we had with you after the wedding (even when you were a guest at another one of our weddings a year after yours), you indicated that you were nothing but thrilled with us as well.
We certainly wish that if you had these concerns, that you would have contacted us to discuss them, so that we could have go over all of this with you, rather than us being forced to state the correct info in a public forum.
Jason has left a voicemail on your cell phone, and we hope you will do us the courtesy of returning that call. We would love to get together to discuss this with you and get to the bottom of this, as we are just very confused about everything.
Jason was wonderful to work with. We were part of an extrodinary collaboration experiment that went off beautifully in our opinion. Jason offered a wonderful personality and enthusiasm for his work that was very contagious. He listened to our personalities and learned about us as people and I think his work captured that.
For us he did moving pictures. When he was taking the pictures I had no idea what he was doing, but I just saw on his blog one of the final products and it is Wonderful!!! We couldn't stop smiling and laughing at my mother-in-law and friends dancing at the reception. Great Job!! We can not wait to see more and definitely, definitely recommend Jason for any couple looking for a fun, down-to-earth, extremely talented photographer.
Jason and Allison were amazing to work with through the planning process and especially on our wedding day. They were very attentive and I felt like they were invested in our wedding, it's not just a job for them. My husband and I were on a budget so we were floored when we saw the quality of Jason's work and the prices. We had expected to pay at least double. Our pictures captured the feeling of the day and they are something my husband and I will always treasure. Wedding planning and the big day are filled with stress but our photographer and pictures were one thing I never had to worry about. Once my family and friends from Ohio saw our pictures they started plotting their next trip to KC to include sessions with Jason. Once you work with Jason and Allison you won't want anyone else to take pictures of your family.
A great vendor that seriously puts you at ease on your wedding day. He is a dream to work with and he makes you feel like he's just a friend taking a few pictures... so easy to work with and so comfortable. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Jason made our wedding day pictures a really fun and relaxing experience. With all the craziness around it is nice to have such a calming presence. The pictures we have seen have been terrific and we will continue to use Jason for family picures to come.
The photos were UNBELIEVABLE. Jason was fantastic. SO glad we went with him. As good as they look on the website- yours will look that amazing too. :) He's very creative and does an amazing job.
Jason is a fabulous photographer and a nice guy. His shots are a bit more artistic than run-of-the-mill wedding poses, but the main selling point for me was that he put me at ease and basically took pictures of us having fun, so everyone ended up looking beautiful. I tend to freeze up when I smile or pose for photos, and he has tricks to work around that and make everyone look natural and attractive. He was easy to work with and the results were amazing. I would recommend Jason to anyone looking for fun, pretty wedding photos, and particularly anyone who thinks he/she is not photogenic.
Jason with Domingues photography was such an amazing part of our wedding planning process. In the beginning of my planning process I hired a photographer on a whim, without researching, and our engagement photos came back and something was just missing, it wasn't my style and I knew I needed to switch. I discovered Jason through a friend at work and fell in love with his photography! It was exactly what I was looking for, just my style and so innovative. We re-shot our engagement session, and the pictures were breathtaking, more that I could ever ask for! Even my husband was enchanted by them! On our wedding day he was amazing, he took us to amazing venues that he somehow knew I would love, and all of my family and friends are obsessed with him and his pictures. I know we would of had a way different wedding experience had we stuck with our original photographer. I couldn't be happier with his services and amazing talent!:)
Jason & Allison. One shoots the photos, the other handles the books...both are sensational! Quality is unparalleled, service is exemplary, professionalism is prime, and value is tops! Jason was my sanity on our wedding day... I will forever be in debt to him for that!!
When my husband and I started planning our wedding, we knew a few things for sure...we wanted we wedding that reflected who we were as a couple, we wanted a great party with those we love, and we wanted a photographer that could capture both in his photography. We wanted to be able to look back at the pictures and feel like we were standing right there again -- having the best time with our friends and family as we say "I do." We wanted a photographer that was a part of the day, not just someone snapping pictures. Within minutes of meeting Jason, there was no question that he was our guy. Not only does his photography capture the essence of a moment, but you feel like he’s truly invested in the experience of your day. So many of our favorite memories from our wedding include Jason – he felt like an unofficial part of our wedding party. Two years later, not only do we have amazing pictures from our engagement and wedding, and an extremely cool album, but we still keep in touch with Jason…we couldn’t imagine anyone else capturing our major life milestones. We have and will continue to recommend Jason Domingues Photography to every wedding planning couple we know!
Jason is fantastic! He was so carefree and really helped calm my nerves before the ceremony. My bridesmaids and I had a great time hiking through Westport with him and my pictures couldn't have been more perfect. Jason knew that I was not the "traditional bride" and he brought that to life in our photos. I will never be able to redo my big day...and I'm glad that I have Jason's photos to help us relive our memories for a lifetime!
Jason was one of the best parts of my wedding day. From the moment he arrived he made me feel completely at ease. He is friendly and creative and very professional. He graciously dealt with family members eager to take their own pictures and throw out advice for how he should do his job! My thanks go to him for making it such a stress-free and enjoyable day. We are more than pleased with our photos and feel like he really captured the feel of our day. Receiving our negatives on a cd so we could print them ourselves is such a plus!
What can I say, other than Jason & Allison ROCK the socks off photography! They are a dynamic duo and provide photography services that will forever be amazing and cherished.
I first became familiar with Jason Domingues' work in a wedding three generations of my family was involved with. I made the wedding cake, my daughter was a bridesmaid and my granddaughter was the flower girl. Jason took the most incredible and creative photographs. He has the right eye to capture a scene as well as the gift of creativity to stir emotion with his finished product. I highly recommend him.
Jason is always a blast. He's got ideas of his own and he's not swayed by so many of the awful trends and movements of the wedding world. Great work and great fun for certain.
Jason Domingues Photography offers an awesome mix of creative portraits and photojournalism coverage for your wedding day. We operate an office in Prairie Village, and a studio in the Waldo area of Kansas City, MO. We take a limited number of wedding commissions each year, so contact us today to check our availability for your special day! We can't wait to hear from you!!!