Picking a Wedding Photographer

weddding-reception ideas with flower petalsThere are plenty of fantastic wedding photographers out there but the right one can be hard to find. Every photographer’s offerings, pricing, and caveats are so different, it’s easy to lose site of the goal: pretty pictures. So to make the most diplomatic decision for our Vermont wedding, Mike and I decided to do a blind test. To start, I picked ten images from our five favorite photographers (Corbin Gurkin, Orchard Cove, Birke Photography, Sabin Gratz, and Eve Event), gave each image a random number, wrote it down on my little decoder sheet, and put them in one big desktop folder. Then Mike and I each independently picked our top 20 photos from the master batch and determined the winner by seeing which photographer’s work was on our lists the most.

It was a bit of a process to orchestrate but in the end, we had a clear winner–Birke Photography. Founding photographer Caroline Bargerstock’s work is artistic without trying too hard. When you look at her photos  you see all the happiness, love, and beauty that should go into a wedding and that’s exactly what we were looking for.

Here are some of the photos that wooed us into choosing Birke Photography:
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  1. Mike Howard said:

    I love photography, I love statistics and unbiased results (yeah I am a bit of a geek), and I love Anne…sounds like I just love everything about this Blog post. lol.

    June 4, 2010
  2. dahlism said:

    Wow – these are great photos!

    June 4, 2010
  3. Hola, Annie: Espero que conserves tu estupendo castellano. Soy José Luis del Moral, del periódico La Semana de Dos Hermanas, Sevilla, España. ¿Recuerdas? Te reencontré! Veo que te casas. ¡Muchas felicidades!
    Te escribo porque se ha producido la casualidad que he leído tu post y un amigo fotógrafo de aquí va a realizar un reportaje de una boda en Nueva York.
    Así que se me ha ocurrido enviarte un enlace a su book.

    Su web (provisional) es esta: http://www.rauldiaz.es
    El book está en este link: http://www.rauldiaz.es/bodas2010.pdf

    Espero que seáis muy felices y que todo vaya muy bien. Un beso de toda la Redacción, que te recuerda con mucho cariño.
    José Luis del Moral.
    jldelmoral@lasemana.eu :: http://www.lasemana.eu

    June 25, 2010
  4. Claro que si! No puedo olvidar mi editor Jose Luis! Gracias para las felicidades! Voy a mandarte un email (pero mi castellano falta mucho!). Hasta pronto!

    June 28, 2010
  5. La web de Raúl Díaz: http://www.fotografiadeboda.net
    Había un problema que ya está resuelto.

    Por cierto, Google Chrome muestra una alarma de página con 'malware' cuando se accede a tu página. Échale un vistazo.

    José Luis.

    June 30, 2010
  6. Toronto Wedding photography create beautiful wedding photos and videos so you can keep with you for a lifetime.

    May 18, 2011

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