23 total reviews
I did my research on The Knot and this was the only photography company that I even considered! After our office meeting, we not only agreed to a photography package, but videography too. I highly suggest getting engagement photos done with your wedding photographer...it really helps you get to know each other which makes the wedding day much more relaxed! Our engagement pictures were ready in less than 1 week! On our wedding day it was as if the photographer was barely there! Craig was so incredible with quick posing (made family photos go much faster than anticipated) and managed to catch so many candid moments. Some of the edited shots are my absolute favorite! Our wedding photos were done in less than 1 month! We have received countless compliments on our photos from family and friends already. Even friends who are photographers themselves told me that they hadn't seen an album with so many good shots like ours. The price was also incredibly competitive with other companies, especially with the albums and prints that come along with it. If you want great photos for your wedding, go with AAVA!
Case was a great photographer and captured some interesting photos. The company is great to work with, just remember they are artistic so the organization is a bit screwy. If you keep on top of the things, then everything will run smoothly!
I was floored by their great prices on packages and by how accommodating they were with changes I wanted to make within the package! Jared was the quietest guy and it made me nervous the day of because I didn't feel like we talked enough about what I wanted (my fault) but the photos were breath taking and I'm not big on seeing myself in pictures! He did the most amazing job and they went above and beyond! I hadn't pictures less than two weeks later! Absolutely wonderful people to work with!
I couldn't have been happier with how my pictures turned out. They were absolutely beautiful. And my favorite thing about Aava is that you own the rights to the pictures at the end. They give you a disc and you can take them anywhere to be printed or just save them to your computer! I've never heard of another photographer allowing that!
Olga was our photographer for our complementary engagement session (included in our package) and she was so wonderful that we requested her for our wedding as well.
Pictures were delivered to us in a timely manner, and we will be receiving our photo book shortly after we let them know which pictures we want printed in it!
I am giving this company a 2 only because I liked my actually photographer and I thought he did very well with our pictures otherwise the rest of the company is a 1. I was married in late 2012, but I am just now writing the review because I just received my wedding book (I wanted to be DONE with company before writing). Part of this was my fault for not completing it sooner, but then they LOST my disk with all my pictures that I had chosen for our book.
From the very beginning the owner/person I worked with seemed pushy and not willing to take my thoughts into consideration. I'd mention a couple of photos that I wanted to take on our day and she would say 'well that's not really possible and it would be hard' - these were not hard photos, but very cute. Some of them included props which I would need to bring - I'm glad I didn't listen to her and made my photographer take the ones that I wanted.
After having our engagement photos done they wanted us to pay for the CD, but when we purchased our package they said that this was included. This wasn't the worst thing, but it just adds to the list.
When I picked my book up it was completely different than what they showed me our book would look like - it should have been a glass looking cover and it was just our picture printed on the cover (hard to explain, but its like a soft hardcover). It doesn't look anything like they showed me which is really disappointing because it should have been really nice.
I DO NOT recommend going with AAVA Photography for anything. They kept telling me that if I wrote a 5 star review that they would give me free prints from my wedding - NOT WORTH IT. I'm not going to lie about my experience with a company to receive free stuff - I want to warn everyone to find someone else!
If anyone ever asks me about a photographer I always tell them not to use AAVA Photography.
I got married in May 2013 and while I still haven't gotten my pictures back yet, I was pleased with AAVA for the most part. Our photographer, Jarrett was great and took great engagement pictures. The only complaint we had was that while it says engagement pictures are 'included,' you had to pay if you wanted the rights to any of them--$200 just for the CD of pictures! Also, I would have preferred two photographers, but for our budget we just couldn't afford it.
I had a horrible experience with AAVA studios. Although I made an appointment, we were kept waiting in the front room for over 20 minutes, then once we were shown to a room to look at sample books I think they forgot about us and I had to walk into the back office rooms of the studio to find someone. I was getting desperate to find a photographer so put down a small ($100) money-back guaranteed deposit so I could lock in a good deal for 7 days. The WORST PART was AAVA refused to refund my money although I had documented proof I called and emailed to cancel. I was able to sort out with my credit card company, but still it was unneeded stress.
If you are looking for a photographer in this price range, look at Studio 41 in Clawson. I ended up going with Studio 41 and it was a night and day experience from AAVA. He is professional, very service focused and the photos turned out amazing.
I used AAVA for my engagement photos as well as my wedding photos. The pictures (for both sessions) turned out absolutely AMAZING!! I couldn't have been more pleased with the entire process, from beginning to end, everything went smooth. Myself, as well as anyone who has seen my engagement photos and wedding photos has said they would absolutely recommend AAVA to anyone. Worth the money, worth the service, and definitely worth the quality!
Affordable but beautiful pictures! Staff is very willing to work with specific requests
My husband and I were so pleased when we decided to choose AAVA photography for our wedding. We first met Mae, the owner, at the Andiamo Bridal show. Her personality is one that makes you feel immediately like you have known her forever. Her photo and album samples were beautiful and very high quality and her sharp sales technique made her offer one that we couldn't refuse. She will work within any one's budget and still make you feel like you are getting the most for your money. Every time I spoke with Mae either over the phone or in person, she always remembered my name and made me feel like she was genuinely so happy to speak with me. The members of her staff that we worked with to choose our package were so helpful and friendly as well. They even went out of their way to recommend a DJ and a florist because they knew we had not chosen one yet. They let us totally tailor our package the way we wanted it instead of sticking to the formal standard packages.
When we were finally assigned our photographer, Elizabeth, and got to meet her a couple of weeks before the wedding, we were thrilled with the talent and award winning experience that she had. We had some very specific propped shots that we requested her to take and she was totally on board with the ideas and the photo's turned out so amazing!On the day of our wedding, Elizabeth was so pleasant and so easy to work with. Her creativity went above and beyond our expectations. She took images that I would have never thought of, and the candid shots were taken on such creative angles and some with the most interesting filters that make them some of our most cherished pictures out of the tremendous 1400 plus pictures that she took that day. We get to keep every digital image that she put on disk for us in addition to the professional albums and prints in our package. All of the pictures were so good, we had the hardest time narrowing them down for our album and enlargements. We highly recommend AAVA photography. You won't be disappointed! Contact them at 248-544-8885 or email@example.com.
I would highly recommend AAVA. My husband and I were very camera shy and I let the photographer know this in advance and she made sure to make us laugh and giggle the whole time. I just got married 3 days ago so I don't have my photos back yet but I know she did an amazing job!
I really enjoyed my experience with AAVA photographers. I however was not thrilled with their office staff. They frequently seemed confused about what was happening, but everthing would work out in the end if you were organized and continued to keep in contact with them.
We had the pleasure of having Craig as our wedding photographer. He was so patient, and had great ideas for shots. I can't wait to see the final results!
Our photographer Olga w/AAVA was great. She knew all the timing to get all the great pictures while we were cruising
When meeting with AAVA photography, they offered us a deal on one of their packages. The only challenge with packages is that you do not always want everything that they include. They then altered the package to meet what we wanted and still gave us the deal price. The photographer took MANY photos in each pose and location, was on time (and even stayed two hours longer than required), and had a great sense of humor. We were frequently laughing and enjoying ourselves during the photos. He was great to work with and I highly recommend both him (Chris, the Australian), and the company. They were very helpful and even if one sales associate could not answer our questions, the owner would come out and help. I am highly impressed and appreciative for providing such great memorabilia from our wedding.
First and foremost, I would like to complement AAVA Photography and Videography studio for the exceptional job they did to make our wedding experience one of a kind. I would like to indicate that my wife and I had tremendous help in making our wedding preparations easy and fun using AAVA studio. AAVA staff was amazing. They explained everything we needed to know about planning a wedding, and they were there to answer every question we had every step of the way until our big day. AAVA studio assisted us with finding the rest of our vendors, such as the flower lady, limo service, tuxedos for the groomsmen, wedding invitations, etc. I would like to mention that besides the good price we received in our photo and video package, we also got discounts on every additional vendor that AAVA referred us to. My wife and I felt as if we had a wedding planner for ourselves for free.
In addition to all the help we received from AAVA in getting all of our wedding questions answered, I would like to mention that the photo and video services were superb. The photographer and the videographer were both extremely experienced and pleasant. They were top notch in the business, and captured all the magical moments we will remember for the rest of our lives. Overall, AAVA was an excellent choice for our photo and video needs. They were able to tailor to our needs and budget, and found the package that worked for us. I would recommend AAVA to all the new couples that are getting ready to tie the knot. The experience would be rewarding and everlasting.
Dritan and Anila
Married on July 8, 2012
I ran across AAVA's website while looking through theknot.com for a photographer for our wedding. I filled out their contact form. They immediatly called me the next day. I never got around to calling them back. A few days later I was at Davids Bridal with my FI so he could see the color of the bridesmaids dresses in person. Kiley from AAVA was there showing off some of their finished albums and handing out cards. My FI was very impressed by the albums. After seeing their work in person, I gave Kiley my information. This time when they called I called them back and set us up an appointment.
The day of our appointment we met with Mae. As soon as I met her, I instantly liked her. You can tell she REALLY has a passion for what she does. She went over all of the packages with us and showed us TONS of albums and examples of their finished work. We put a deposit down that day. Mae said she would email us our contract. I received it the next day. As soon as it popped up in my email, Kiley was calling to make sure I didn't have any questions.
A free engagement session was included with our wedding day package. The day before our session our photographer got into contact with us. She introduced herself and wanted to know about us as a couple. When had our engagement session at a park in Southfield. Our photographer was SO efficient. We had hundreds of beautiful pictures in a matter of minutes.
Before our wedding our photographer got into contact with us again and we were excited that we were getting the same photographer we had at our engagement session. Her name is Olga, and she is AMAZING. From the moment she showed up in the bridal suite, she was efficient, yet so likeable. She put myself and the entire bridal party at ease. She made sure we were comfortable. During the ceremony I didn't even know she was there. And afterwards when we were doing our group shots, she was amazing. The groomsmen were getting a little out of hand, and unfocused. Let me tell you there is nothing worse then prolonging a photo session outside, in the heat, wearing a heavy wedding dress. She let them know (in a completely awesome and non-rude way) that she was not messing around. She had those boys handled! We finished group shots, family shots, and just the shots of hubby and I quick enough that we were running ahead of schedule. And believe me when I say there is NOTHING better/more important then being on time/ahead of schedule on your wedding day.
Olga was honestly a great person to work with. To this day when we talk about the wedding, everyone is like "oh your wedding photographer? WE LOVED HER". She made sure we got all the shots we wanted. And every now and then when she would be REALLY excited about a shot she took she would show us on her camera. LOVED IT.
After I was done greeting guests she said she had a 'surprise' for my husband and I. She had a chinese type umbrella with 'Thank you' written on it. We took pictures with it and they were STUNNING. As she said, they were perfect for our thank you cards. I really appreciated her attention to detail.
Overall one amazing experience with AAVA photography. I would ABSOLUTELY reccomend them! And if you book with them, request Olga. You will NOT be disappointed!
I had a wonderful experience with aava photography. I have wonderful memmories from aava and made my day very special. The pictures and the video were nothing but amazing.
Video was there for everything! We got 2 extra hours and found the pricing to be very reasonable. The videographer and photographer from Aava made us feel like they wanted to be there not like they were doing their job.
I absolutely love my photos! I am very happy that I went with Aava Photography for my wedding. I would recommend Aava Photography to anyone in need of a photographer. The entire staff was very considerate and accommodating. They were very thoughtful and took my time constraints into account when we were deciding on what package would best suit my needs. In the end we custom built a package that was absolutely tailored to my needs. How awesome! For this I am more than truly grateful. Every time I look at my photos my special day is transformed from a mere memory to that very moment. My photographer has been doing this for 16 years. She made me very comfortable. She was more than nice and very gracious. She knew what to do. She knew what pictures to take. She did not use a checklist. If I asked her to photograph something for me she did. She was very accommodating. She was prompt. She talked to me before the wedding so that I could get to know her. She was conscientious of the time and she took advantage of special opportunities as they presented themselves. For example, she photographed my husband and I as the sun was going down. She was very polite. She very graciously asked my husband and I if we would mind stepping away for just a moment so that she could photograph us. She said that she "liked the lighting and thought it would make for some beautiful photos" and she was absolutely right. These photos came out wonderful. This was all her idea and was spur of the moment. She was constantly aware of the environment and how our photographs would turn out in relation to it. She even commented on the wind and how it would compliment our photos based on where I stood, what direction it blew my veil and the relation of all that to the natural lighting. She was absolutely amazing. I love her. I also greatly appreciate how considerate she was of me, my needs and desires. She did not try to run the show. You almost couldn't tell she was there. However, I am very glad that she was there. She also helped to make me feel beautiful. He helped to mold my glow. This is important because in order to be beautiful and look beautiful you have to feel beautiful.
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