I've been a bridesmaid four times so I knew what I was looking for in a photographer. One thing that was important was personality because I wanted someone that we felt comfortable with and also interacted well with our guests. Stephen was the perfect man for the job. We met with him before we booked his services and within the first minute I knew he was a perfect fit. He was nice, warm, friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. I had a lot of questions and he patiently answered all of them and gave me pointers on the timeline and how things usually flow on the wedding day. Another thing that was important to us was his involvement from beginning until the end as far as taking the photos and editing them himself. Just because a company is named after someone it doesnt guarantee that you will get that particular person to photograph your wedding. Usually you have to pay extra to have a particilar photographer and a lot of the time they don't edit their own photos. I didn't know this until I went through the wedding process with my girlfriends who got married before me. Stephen edits all of the photos himself which was definitely a deciding factor for me because I fell in love with his work online. I could not have been more happy with my decision and would definitely recommend him as a photographer for anyone getting married in Hawaii. My photos are gorgeous and all of my friends and family love them. I had a hard time selecting photos for my prints because there were so many good ones to choose from. One last thing to point out is the freedom in the use of our photos. He gave us everything and shared copyright to use the photos however we wanted. Our friends and families downloaded the photos from the online gallery to make their own prints and I even made duplicate cd's for my grandparents. It was really nice to pay for photos and have it actually be yours. Thank you Stephen was all of your hard work and amazing talent!
Upon meeting Stephen Ludwig, my husband and I were immediately thrilled to have finally found a photographer to meet our needs for our wedding. Stephen was professional and friendly from the very beginning. He was quick to respond to our initial inquiries and was easy to work with from the get-go. As soon as we saw his portfolio we were amazed by his talent. Stephen has an amazing ability to bring out deep colors and depth in scenes, creating a rich quality in his photos that you don’t often see in every wedding album. We decided at our initial meeting that Stephen was the perfect photographer for us and we were so happy with our decision. Stephen worked with us to customize a package that worked for our longer day and various locations, as well as providing us with two photographers to accommodate the two parties getting ready in separate locations. We ended up moving away from Hawaii in the midst of our wedding planning, but my communication with Stephen was never difficult. He stayed in contact and made me feel comfortable, even when planning the wedding from across the ocean.
The day of the wedding, Stephen was prompt and professional. He came to our hotel where I was getting ready with my bridesmaids and busied himself with taking pictures of us, as well as showing the initiative to go around the room, independently photographing dresses, shoes, favors, and whatever else caught his eye. There were so many touches and moments he captured that never would have crossed my mind. I’m so glad to have found someone to show this kind of motivation to make our day perfect. When we arrived at the wedding, I met the second photographer, who was also Stephen’s wife. Needless to say, the two of them worked seamlessly together. They were not demanding of staged photos, rather they gave great suggestions to enhance the pictures we wanted. They took opportunities to capture some incredible candid shots and all throughout the day seemed to read my mind as to what to photograph. They were friendly and courteous to all of our guests and seemed to fit right in with the party.
When planning a wedding in Hawaii, I was nervous that our pictures would be focused more on the fact that we were in Hawaii, rather than the wedding itself. Stephen used the beauty of the island to enhance the wedding, rather than overpower it, resulting in some of the most incredible pictures I have ever seen. I am so incredibly happy with the way my pictures turned out. Everyone that sees our prints and albums comments on what an amazing photographer we had. We constantly hear how the pictures are so vivid and beautiful that they almost look fake. Stephen and his wife took an amazing variety of pictures capturing all of the important moments and objects, as well as the little happenings and facial expressions that will forever touch our hearts. I can’t say enough how happy I am and how thankful I am that I found two talented and professional people to help craft the memories we will always treasure.
Stephen Ludwig's wedding photos are stunning. My husband is an amateur photographer and was unimpressed with all of the boring, overpriced vendors we stumbled upon in our search throughout Kauai, where our wedding was being held. Dismayed, we then found Stephen’s website through a friend, and even my husband was blown away by Stephen’s dazzling use of light and color grading.
Stephen’s ability to capture a beautiful, simple moment is rare. For example, after we were pronounced “husband and wife,” my husband quite unexpectedly picked me up and spun me around; Stephen captured this joyful shot while I was still in mid-air, which couldn’t have been more than three seconds. He took a number of sweet and stunning photos of my husband and me in our separate locations before the ceremony began; playful and heartwarming pictures during the ceremony; and afterwards he had us walk out on the beach to be photographed against the sunset. He even took fantastic portraits of our guests, which we’re framing and giving to some of them as gifts.
Stephen was able to use anything that we stumbled upon to create fun, interesting shots: logs, old boats, beer bottles, and even the golf cart we used to scoot around the huge property. He is an undoubtedly excellent editor—heightening the color and interest of each shot—but in my opinion so much of Stephen’s artistic talent lies in his ability to frame each individual photo so beautifully. No computer can match what Stephen’s masterful eye can do with a camera lens.
Though Stephen’s talent speaks for itself (check out his blog or his website), he is also a pleasure to work with. He was very professional in all of our pre- and post-wedding exchanges and responded promptly and politely to email. I’m not the kind of gal who loves the spotlight, and was admittedly nervous about having my picture taken so many times. Stephen was so warm and accommodating and helped me loosen up in front of the camera, offering lots of friendly guidance.
Ultimately, Stephen *knows* weddings. He helped us move smoothly from the ceremony to the photo session to the reception, all while capturing each memorable moment. He even whispered some much-needed advice to us about how to cut the cake when my husband and I found ourselves standing up there at a loss. He took beautiful photos of things most wedding photographers overlook—the food, the centerpieces, the venue, tender moments between other couples—from our portfolio, you’d think that Stephen somehow managed to be in ten places at once. Since the wedding day is an absolute whirlwind, Stephen’s photos of each of these points are priceless; they beautifully capture the tiny but extraordinary details that had already begun to fade from our memories.
Even though we had to pay a little extra to fly Stephen to Kauai, his price was reasonable and he was able to customize a package for us that gave us everything we wanted. We couldn’t be happier with our photos and are delighted that we chose Stephen to photograph our special day.
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 myself...my 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 me...one 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
Stephen has an amazing portfolio! I haven't seen all my photos yet but from what I have seen I feel my photos don't live up to his portfolio which has made me feel a little disappointed but everyone that has seen them has loved them. My only complaint would be that I wish he gave more direction when shooting and that it's been over a month since the wedding and I am still waiting for the rest of the pictures.
We love love love our photos and so does everyone who sees them. Stephen and Litton are the friendliest people and having them photograph our wedding was a joy. They were unobtrusive, professional and fun. The photos speak for themselves but you know that they put a lot of care and effort into them. The cost was very affordable compared to other photographers we were looking at whose work didn't really measured up to theirs.
Thank you so much for the photos! They are absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth the wait. We really enjoyed having you as out photographer, you were professional yet laid back, perfect for our type of wedding and unintrusive as well. Thank you again for the great service and beautiful photos.
I just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with your work. I am sure you know how important you are to an event like this one and it is really great when the pictures do it justice
We LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!! We LOVE the shot of Jeremy and myself by the lagoo!! So Beautiful!!! Thank you so much!