Both my Mom and Sister are photographers, and so no one should be surprised that I am really obsessed with photography. I would like to start learning for myself, and I would have had no problem doing so with my G9, except I apparently thought it was a good idea to leave her on the TRAX up to Seattle. Still crying myself to sleep over that one.
I subscribe to every single photography blog I can get my hands on, and I have searched out every photography blogger in both Washington and Utah. I have been saving my favorite pictures for a few months now, and when it was time for me to start thinking about a photographer I went right to the folder on my computer and emailed everyone who I had saved multiple pictures from over the last few months.
I immediately ruled out anyone who was completely out of my budget, and now I am down to two people that I just can't make a choice between. I am a huge fan of photoshop post processing, and so everyone that I really love use photoshop quite extensively. I judge work like this to be the result of excellent attention to detail, and a great understanding of when to keep adding to a photograph and when to stop. I thought I would take a little poll and see what everyone thinks.
First off is Sarah Rhoads. Located in Seattle (which is where I am getting married), I think I found her through Wedfog or another similar type of directory. So far I have only communicated with her through email, but I think our personalities really click, and we have similar ideas about what wedding photography should be. Her work is really gorgeous, and I would love the story she tells about my wedding day. My total package with her for 8 hours of shooting would be somewhere around $3200. Check her blog to see her latest work. Here are some of my favorites:
My other favorite option is timwill. My favorite photographer for a really long time now, he is unfortunately located across the country in Georgia. Every time he posts on his blog I fall in love all over again. His fine art edits are some of the most beautiful that I've seen, and I know that I would never regret hiring him for my wedding day. He has offered me a few perks, but the total cost would be $1000 more than hiring Sarah. I am already fighting with the budget, and all of the struggles that come with attempting to stretch it paper thin, and so I really should save the $$$. But I really really love his work. I look at his pictures and daydream about the kind of photos I would end up with. Here are my favorites:
Any thoughts? Who should I go with? Any favorite pictures? I have to make up my mind soon before someone else snatches them up!