Capture the Love
My husband and I made the wrong choice of Michael Soo as our photographer. He is greedy (demands cash only) and provided unprofessional photos. In posed group photos, he failed to pose people so that people in the back were not covered by people in the front. In addition, he cut off people when taking posed group photos during the reception, made our beautiful venue into a distasteful scene by distorting our lights to make it look like a rave during dancing. He did not bring a zoom to our outdoor wedding, resulting in poor captures. When we asked him if we would scout out our venue, he refused and said it would only take 5 minutes when the venue was a large garden (took us >30 to walk around it). As a result, his photos were unprofessional. When we complained, we was rude and did not offer an apology or any compensation for failing to capture our day professionally. We've also received complaint about him from one of our guests and my mother at the wedding as well. He was, "lazy and uncaring"
Michael "SOO COOL" Soo
This is your guy for any photography need!! My hubby to be and myself are so happy to have meet Michael. He just took our engagement pictures with Paul who was also GREAT!!! He is a true artist and unique with his way and angle with shots. Michael was very efficient with getting me the prints. I look forward to all the creativity the day of our wedding!! I recommend Soo Photography to EVERYONE!!
Michael Soo made Photographer of the year in 2005 and I can see why; his work is stunning. For him, photography is not just being there on time and taking the photos, he's an individual that really cares about you and it shows in the end product. I have seen so many wedding photographers work in the past few years and I have always felt underwhelmed. With Michael, I can not describe how wonderful and amazing everything was. My wife and I have let Michael use our wedding album shoot as an example for anyone to look at when they visit him. He has an eye for tasteful humor, beautiful romance, candid moments, and stunning settings. This, coupled with the ability to put everything together in a stunning album with so many choices makes for a worry free part of your wedding planning. I know that is something we all need.
Michael really takes care of you. We had to plan our wedding in three weeks (I know, crazy, and I wouldn't recommend it) because my wife was accepted in to the Air Force to be a doctor. I have never seen anyone as flexible as Michael. I can't think of a time where we weren't able to get a hold of him. He also was open to traveling to quite a few out of the way places for our shoots. As anyone who's planning a wedding knows that at some point or another they will have to face the price of everything from the marriage certificate all the way to the venue. Some of you may decide to skimp on things. I would say look at the cake, the reception and other places you can cut before you cut the Photographer, especially Michael. We did just that. Remember, the cake will be eaten, the food will be gone, but you will always have such an amazing set of photos and memories that will last forever. If you were to ask my wife and myself about the cost, we would both agree we got more then we payed for. We even got a DVD chock full of our photos so that we can print out and send to family. I want to make something clear, the price we paid includes the album (price can vary), the shoots, and tax. If you have any questions you can always email me email@example.com
Capture The Love
Your wedding marks the beginning. Chapter 1 of your family story. The CaptureTheLove team employs the extensive storytelling experience to weave a magnifique portfolio of celebrative images of your momentous day.
The team will strike a fine equilibrium. At times, directing, but mostly; and discreetly previsualize and allowing events to naturally unfold throughout the day. Somewhat precognitive to the flow of emotions, the images transcend to an art-form, stitching the timeline of the day into a continuous painting of light.
The plethora of amazing imagery from the day will lay the foundation of your family legacy. Remember how it was when your mother opened her wedding albums before you. These albums age like fine wine. Anchored to your very essence and identity; their value, priceless.
As your future generations turn the pages, they will experience l’impression of the mothers’ love as she shed tears dancing with her son; the father’s proud, joyous sorrow walking down the aisle with her daughter, remembering how he held her in the whole palm of his hands.
They will experience what you experience.
Being a bride isn’t easy. You have a thousand things that you are coordinating and another thousand that you have to do yourself. As the saying goes, "If you want to get things done right, you’ll have to do it yourself."
On top of all that work, you’ll need to select a photographer without knowing their true abilities. That’s one of the biggest reason referrals work great and higher-end bridal shows are filled to the brim. So, what are the Top Criteria to look for in your Wedding Photographer? Hopefully, this list will help you funnel down the list of photographers to a top 2-3 that you will be absolutely thrilled with.
Style : Your eyes tells it all. What styles are you attracted to? Is it photojournalistic (documentative by nature with well composed artistry fused within)? Traditional (posed beautifully against a backdrop of scenery of sorts)?
Although there are some photographers who are more flexible than others, you can pin point down your style easily by just going through photographers’ website. The photographer’s portfolio will look really easy on the eyes if you really like his style. Comparison shop by viewing the images will provide a big payoff here.
Website : Any legitimate photographer should have a professional website that showcases his/her portfolio of imagery he/she is capable of. The website should be clean and easy to navigate. The portfolio and design of the website can clue you in on what he/she likes and his/her composition skills in photography.
Blog : What is more important than the website is the blog!!
See what the photographer has been shooting every other week!! Every photographer places their absolute best work out of years of shooting in their website. But it’s the consistency in their artistry that you will only find in their weekly blog.
Clientele Variety : The portfolio of the photographer website should contain a variety of clients. If it contains a lot of images from the same people, you might want to research further as those may be weddings of relatives of that photographer.
Weddings place a lot more stress on a photographer. Every moment counts. The fast paced environment do not allow the photographer to think twice about how to expose their images correctly in the technical sense.
Reference/Testimonials : Ask the photographer for testimonials or reference from his past clients. That will give you an excellent idea on how well he works with his clients. If people you personally know has worked with him/her before, it’s even better.
Engagement Sessions : Photographer who does engagement sessions will provide an excellent test-bed for you and your fiance(e) to work directly with your photographer in a casual environment before your momentous day. This will strengthen your relationship with your photographer as well as produce a larger variety of imagery in your albums.
Backup Equipment : Ask your photographer how many cameras will be there at the wedding. If he/she replies "one", run away as fast as you can.
With the digital imaging revolution, just about everyone has a $1000 digital camera and claims to be a photographer. Do not get trapped into allowing your big day to be shot by a photographer who does not have multiple cameras, multiple lenses, multiple memory cards, etc.
I have seen weddings half ruined by photographers who dropped his camera into mud and not being able to continue shooting for the rest of the day. Do not let that happen to you.
Photographer #2 : Beyond backup equipment, if you are paying good bucks for the wedding, expect an option from the photographer to allow a 2nd photographer to be present.
Providing multiple angle coverage is more important than one might think. Just by the couple turning away from the photographer to kiss, the main photographer may, within that second, lose his ability to capture the most important moment of your life.
In addition to that, a 2nd photographer may come in handy to direct group photos to be shot smoothly, arrive to a wedding separately ensuring that if the main photographer is stuck in traffic or whatever other inevitable that may happen. Essentially, the 2nd photographer is your one time insurance coverage that pays for itself.
Speed is of the Essence : Find out from the photographer when will your images be available online (average timeline is a week), when will your album be designed (average timeline is a month) and when the final album can be delivered after the approval (average timeline is another 1-2 months).
Contract : Never do business with any wedding vendor without a clearly written contract or agreement that specify what exactly you will receive.
This will hopefully get you started on how to narrow down on your search for the photographer of your dreams. Do meet up with your photographer if you have questions. A good professional photographer will answer your questions to the best of his/her abilities in the most honest way possible.