This is a copy of a review that I posted on Yelp, but it applies here too:
Hiring Sara to photograph our wedding was probably one of the best decisions that we made about our big day. Future Yelping brides and grooms, if you are looking for a photographer, look no further, she's the best.
Just a little background about our experience with Sara. We actually met her about 9 months before our wedding, and we loved her. We had just started looking at photographers, and we didn't know what the going rate was, so we got a card and kept looking. We found a husband and wife photographer for less money and booked them, however we soon realize that you get what you pay for.
Long story short, we asked Sara if she was still available on our wedding day, and lucky for us she was, so we booked her and fired our original photographer. Did I already say this was the best decision that we could have made???
Sara and Jessica (her studio manager), were such a pleasure to deal with. My wife and I were pretty clueless regarding poses, lighting, and other technical photography stuff, so we told them to take charge, pose us, and make us look good. Everybody in our wedding party told us how awesome they were to work with.
We just got our pictures back this week, and wow...they far exceeded our expectations. We cannot thank Sara and Jessica enough for their excellent work.
Yelpers, please learn from our experience, and take the time to research your photographer, and when you do you will realize that Sara is the best. Don't cheap out on these pictures, they will be with you for a lifetime.
Where to start?!
I work with many long-time photography experts, and when I asked around for a great wedding photographer recommendation, only one name came back from my VERY discerning colleagues - Sara France. After looking her up online, I saw that she had exactly the kind of style I was looking for: non-traditional, classic, creative and romantic.
From the first meeting, Sara made me feel like she was one of my long-time girlfriends - able to put myself and my then fiancé at immediate ease. We took all of 5 minutes after our meeting to decide to go with Sara! She was willing to work with us on her packages, and was a breeze to schedule time with.
She really is the pro you're looking for when planning this most important day: prompt, highly responsive, has a great team that handles back office questions or issues with your photo website, patient, and best of all, she really puts a personal touch on your photos.
I don't know if any other photographers in this business would take the time to get to know you as a couple quite like Sara does to ensure that the photos will really reflect your personalities, not look like generic cookie-cutter wedding photos. She also is quick to get previews/highlights up online so you’re not waiting forever to see the results!
I think with as much time as you spend with your wedding photographer on the day itself and during the engagement photos, you really need to have someone you feel comfortable with, and whose personality you really like – oh, and who can wrangle any crazy family or wedding party together and make great photos! You couldn’t go wrong with Sara on all these counts.
My husband and I both agree that whatever our photography needs are, we’re calling Sara. We would and have already recommended her to anyone who needs an amazing photographer for their wedding day.
My husband and I are shy when it comes to having our pictures taken. When we were looking for wedding photographers, it was important that the photographer we chose had an outgoing personaility that would make us feel comfortable in front of the camera. Sara did just that. She made us feel totally relaxed during our engagement session and at our wedding. She also really listened to what we wanted. I told her that I wanted a few traditional shots and a few super artsy shots and she definitely delivered. We LOVE our engagement photos and the few wedding pictures we've seen so far are amazing.
Choose Sara France - she is amazing. She and her assistants are a very talented photographers. Sara works so well with the crowd. She got all the shoots we were looking for and even stayed late to cover our cake pictures when our wedding timeline was running incredibly late.
Her office is well run and professional. We always knew what was happening in our photography process from engagement photos to when to expect out final photos.
My husband and I have great memories from our wedding day and beautiful, artsy, unique, and just flat out great pictures to go along with our memories. We are sooo happy we went with her. You won't be sorry.
Sara and her team were excellent. We used them for our engagement and wedding photos and they were awesome. They were always friendly, fun, and professional. She helped us get the shots we wanted and was always on time and helpful. We looked at various photographers in the Southern California area and Sara was a great match. We love our photos and she has been very attentive from our first email all the way through post-wedding edits and making our custom album. The custom DVDs, online gallery, and pretty much everything was great. We would recommend using Sara to anyone getting engaged or married. We can't thank her enough.
Sara France absolutely is the best your can get for your wedding photography. Not only is she talented behind the lens, she has everything it takes to get your bridal party to cooperate and get through photos quickly and efficiently.
Sara will make you feel beautiful. You won't have to worry about getting the best shots, because she makes everything absolutely effortless!
Sara is very popular, and thus very busy. Plan ahead! Make sure that when you get her on the phone, you have all of your questions lined up and ready to go. She knows exactly what she's doing, so follow any advice she gives and I promise your wedding will be fun and full of fantastic memories.
Sara is simply the best choice available for San Diego wedding photography, and she's worth every penny.
Sara is simply professional, knowledgable and an amazing photographer. Her patience is noteworthy and so is her work. Her creative vision is a must for your wedding, your engagement photos, your family pics, whatever you need her for. I promise your pictures will be unique and stunning. We are thrilled! Her payment plans make it easy to budget for your wedding or other occasion.
Sara was awesome and we have an amazing selection of photos from my big day! Sara followed us around for hours before the wedding, in the snow, to capture the perfect pictures! She was very easy to work with and created some really awesome pictures. I loved how she created some very modern looks with an intimate touch! We loved Sara and she comes highly recommended!
Sara's work is equisite! She creates amazingly unique photos that have just a bit of edge to them. And Sara is just fun to work with as well. She is one of my absolute favorite photographers!
People ask me about my style. I guess I would say my style is Sara France’s style. That’s not to be trite, but I don’t want to trap me or you in any one box that might limit what we can do when we’re together. Most of my images will be journalistic in nature. You won’t see me or know I’m there, because I’m focused on capturing you in the moment. To me, no image is more captivating than the spontaneous tear or laugh or loving embrace. That said, I believe this should be fun too, so when the time is right we’ll set some shots up to make sure we get something great of everyone.
I shoot where I live - here in beautiful San Diego, but have also shot all over the world. So if you’re going somewhere and want me to come along, that can certainly be arranged.
Lastly, you may be interested to know that my work has been featured in a number of local and national publications, including Modern Bride and San Diego Style Weddings and that I’m an active member of the professional photography community, speaking at trade shows and speaking about fun technology for Apple Computer as an Aperture ambassador as well as hosting my own Podcast.
Sometimes people like lists - so here’s a quick list of things I love .. besides photography since that’s kind of a given ...
I love the color red. (Just in case you didn’t already figure that out!)
I love my dog, Bodie. He’s great company during long nights in front of the computer.
I love Sushi.
I love putting on a great pair of jeans.
I love sunny days. (which is why I live in San Diego)
I love to laugh and cry at romantic comedies. (I’ll freely admit that I’m a total sap!)
I love Chai Lattes.
I love to dance, and sing and sometimes I love to dance and sing at the same time.
I love all things Apple.
That’s more than enough of me ... Now I can’t wait to get to know you!