21 total reviews
Stephen was amazing. The photos are absolutely incredible. No wedding photography that I have seen even comes close. He was so easy to work with, he went above and beyond expectations and has such an amazing eye for detail. We can not thank him enough for his services!
We have yet to receive our photos as the wedding was only a few weeks ago but we are so pleased that we went with Stephen! He was extremely friendly, helpful and attentive during the planning process with his prompt responses and kind suggestions on how to proceed when we came up with questions or inquiries. He was also incredibly professional when shooting for us and we could really see that he has a passion for what he does which is great because it made everything seem so fun and enjoyable. We really liked how Stephen would think on the fly and incorporate various things that he would notice on-site. For example, he noticed that we had little plush pigs that we had our guests sign for us and so he suggested we take several pictures with the pigs. Stephen also picked up on some of the more interesting cultural decor / permanent fixtures there were at the venue and had us strike a pose or two nearby to make for interesting and candid shots. All of our guests praised Stephen for how great he was and we even noticed that he stayed beyond the four hours that we had contracted him for so that was really nice of him! In addition, he kindly offered to expedite the setting up of a mini gallery for us so that we could print out a few shots for inclusion in our thank yous which was a very nice touch. We are so glad we went Stephen and are confident that he successfully and beautifully captured our special day. We would 100% recommend Stephen.
Stephen and I have been working together for about 8 years.
He has always provided outstanding images and can change his style to
accommodate any request and to fit any wedding theme.
One of my client's had a vintage style wedding. Stephen used different photo shop techniques to give that vintage look to some of her photos.
The bride was very impressed as she is a photographer herself.
You have to always ask the questions. You can never see everything that
a talented photographer/artist can do on one website.
Stephen has a very calm and fun personality and can get along with anyone. There is nothing worse then attitude on a wedding day!
Consistency is very important as a professional photographer and Stephen has never dissapointed anyone, ever. I can promise all of my clients that their photos will be amazing and Stephen will go above and beyond to get everything he sees that needs to be photographed.
I am proud to be able to write this review because the success of the vendors I use as a wedding coordinator makes my own business successful.
See you on the next one Stephen!
We got married in Maui in 2009 and were thrilled with Stephen. Our pictures were amazing and he was great to work with. We're going back to Hawaii for our 5 year anniversary and he's planning to shoot our family photos. I'm excited to work with him again. Mia
Stephen is a nice guy, with great services. He is the best photographer that I have even used, so the quality of photos is fantastic. Compared with the price, it is a good deal, very high return with reasonable price.
Stephen is an art driven guy. He loves photo shooting and makes it as his career. He has great talent on that. The best photos only come out with the connection between souls of clients and photographers. He works always with his heart. His delivered photos to clients are pure art from heart. That is why I like Stephen.
Thank Stephen for taking engagement photos for us. I would like to highly recommend him to other new couples. Hopefully, I would be back to Hawaii again in the future, so I can take more photos with Stephen for my family.
We wanted to take engagement pictures when we were in Hawaii but we were crunch on time since we were going to be there for a short time. We went through tons of websites and reviews on the plane and had only that to relay on which can be stressful since we didn't have time to interview any of them in person. When we got there we narrowed it down to a few photographers and when it came time to choose the one. We really loved Stephen Ludwig's pictures the best and his professionalism. He was very laid back from the start and put us at ease during the entire photo shoot. We completely trusted the pictures would turn out great at the end and it did! He was so accommodating with our turn a round time knowing that we needed them sooner. We really enjoyed working with Stephen and recommend him!
To put it simply I love my wedding photos. I was trying to choose photos to print and had a hard time because I LOVE THEM ALL which led me to leave this review. It means a lot when I look at my photos from my wedding a year ago and it brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Stephen captured everything perfectly and timelessly. More importantly he was very friendly, professional and easy to work with. I recommend him to all of my friends who are getting married and I would hire him again for an anniversary shoot or family shoot or anything other photo shoots that I may need in life.
Three things to describe Stephen Ludwig Photography: EXCELLENT SERVICE, REASONABLE PRICES,OUTSTANDING PHOTOS.
I heard about Stephen Ludwig photography from a friend who lives here on Oahu. After browsing through his website I was quite impressed. My sister (who lives on Maui) was tired of having the same vendors on Maui to choose from and when she asked me if I knew of any wedding photographers on Oahu that were good, Stephen quickly came to mind.
My sister flew over a few times to get wedding stuff done and we were able to sit down with Stephen and talk about the kind of photos she wanted. He brought with him photo books and everything was so unique looking and the shots were nothing like I had ever seen! My sister was so grateful I came across his site.
He showed up at the hotel where we were getting ready and got right to work. We all know getting ready on your wedding day is half the wedding in itself! He wasn't one of those "you're getting in my way" photographers. He let us do what we needed and worked around us not us around him. He went back and forth from our room to the guys room (which I might add was on the other side of the hotel) and was able to catch such intimate moments.
During the cocktail hour, Stephen went around taking candid photos of our friends and family and he even sneaked in a few professional photos of me and my boyfriend and great family pics. The reception itself was huge!We have a pretty big family and there were about 500+ guests in attendance. Stephen was booked for 6 hours but to our surprise he stayed longer without charging us. My sister was worried that he was going to miss his flight back to Oahu and that he would charge us more but he said "I stayed because there was still so much more things I wanted to capture for you".
You will not find ANYONE else as easy to work with and good as Stephen. I am really impressed with the quality of work he produced and will definitely be booking him when it's my turn to walk down the aisle!
Really liked the attention to detail and all of our Wedding pictures. Could be more happy with Stephen. He was a master at photography. Great suggestions for content. Would recommend to all my friends and anyone else looking for remembrance of that special day. Thanks again to Stephen and his assistant Litton.
It's no secret that Stephen & Litton are very talented photographers, artists and people! I've seen their work through friend's wedding photos and they are fantastic at what they do. I also recently attended a friend's wedding that Stephen had shot and it was great to see him in action. These guys are genuine, friendly and professional! I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends and also look forward to working with them in the future!
Stephen has true talent! Not only does he capture beautiful & wonderful moments that will last a lifetime, but he makes sure everyone is relaxed and comfortable (and having fun!) during the photo shoots. Having the privilege of being the Maid of Honor, I couldn't have asked for a better experience during the wedding party photos and also the moments Stephen captured in the little remaining time I had with my best friend (the wonderful bride) before we headed down to the ceremony. Stephen Ludwig Photography is amazing, I have become a big fan of this talented team! Mahalo! :)
We used Stephen's services for our engagement and wedding shoots and could not have been happier with the level of professionalism, quality and courtesy he and his partner showed. My wife and I felt at ease throughout the entire process and were amazed at their uncanny ability to encourage genuine, natural shots.
I highly recommend Stephen Ludwig Photography to anyone looking for great work and an enjoyable experience at an affordable price.
Stephen and Litton photographed a wedding that I was in recently and I loved how my friend's photos came out. So amazing! They had cute ideas on different poses and shots that are unique from what I have seen before. Since the wedding, I checked out their website and love everything. When I get married I'm definitely hiring them.
I went with Stephen Ludwig Photography for my December wedding at a lavender farm on Maui. I was not disappointed! Stephen and his wife Litton were professional, experienced, and down to earth. They really put me at ease and helped to capture our special day so elegantly. The photos came out really well - our friends and family raved about them too. I would definitely recommend Stephen Ludwig Photography to anyone planning to get married.
We got married by a waterfall on Hawaii earlier this year, after flying in from the UK. Stephen took our photos and I cannot explain how thrilled we are with them! Stephen's professional, but personable manner made the photo taking process very comfortable and an enjoyable experience. Hundreds of different shots were taken, to which Stephen has added a variety of effects to the best ones. We have shown them to family and friends and they are blown away by them! I would recommend Stephen as your photographer for your big day, he will ensure you have photographs you cherish!
We have yet to receive out wedding photos, but I must say that Stephen was very professional. He ensured that we took plenty of family photos and he was constantly working. Even while our guests were eating dinner, Stephen was still busy taking photos of the cake and my bouquet. He took several types of poses of us and I know that our wedding photos will turn out fantastic. If you look at his blog, the sample photos are very impressive. I would not hesitate to hire him again.
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 was the best…literally. He is so detail oriented and knows exactly what to do and when to do it. If you look at his blog it proves the quality of his photos. Even though I do not want to wait for my photos, I would rather wait for his quality then get my photos from any other photographers that only do quick Photoshop fixes to the images. I even kept saying bye to Stephen that night and he just kept taking photos. He really cares about capturing everything, even if it is on his own time. You would be crazy to pick any other photographer. Thanks again Stephen, can’t wait for the photos.
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.
My husband and I hired Stephen Ludwig photograph our wedding in Maui this June 2011. We are so happy with our experience with Stephen! He is so professional, well prepared and also genuinely friendly and fun to work with! His photography style is so fresh, modern and unique! There is nothing boring or bland about his photography style at all, which is hard to find! I would recommend him to everyone who is planning to get married on any of the Hawaiian islands!
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