This is for Nick, who shot our 220-person Hindu wedding and Western reception. Nick is the type of guy that my husband and I would attempt to invite out for beers constantly if we lived in SD. He was funny, relaxed, competent, and left us with ...
a mix of beautiful traditional photos, photojournalistic candids, and unique visually stunning images. His photos had that visceral effect I was hoping for when I looked through them - they made me laugh, cry, and left me in awe. This is not just a routine job for him - he has brilliant ideas for cool shots and chases them instead of just settling for the boring stuff.
Photography was the biggest thing I cared about when it came to my wedding, being a longtime hobbyist. I vetted 50+ photographers in the SD area, based on portfolios, reviews, and full galleries. I spent a lot of time picking out ABM. From my research, I can definitely say they charge a very fair price for the quality and attention you get.
* got us 1,400 photos less than 4 weeks after our wedding (contractually he has up to 7)
* addressed all my concerns and million questions before the wedding via email and meetings
* reviewed my (long) Pinterest boards so he had the best idea of what I love in photography
* had plenty of opportunities to charge us more but never took them
* flexible with his time to meet our needs
* scoped out our venue & nearby trails for romantics beforehand
* needed no guidance on the day of, even though our wedding wasn't typical (half the day was in in Sanskrit - no one understands this language)
* efficiently handled group shot chaos
* made us comfortable during romantic shots (I am pretty awkward when being photographed) - his guidance was on point but never bossy
* crazy hardworking - never seemed to need a break, was EVERYWHERE - belly-down on the floor, setting up lights, jumping on chairs
* impressed our parents & guests to the point they all commended us for choosing him (without even seeing his photos!)
My tips to people looking for a photographer and interested in ABM: if you like their highlights, just go with them. If you have any concerns on their packages, talk to them - they can be flexible. Give them input on what shots you like. Don't be scared he'll try to weasel your money - he will give you honest opinions (e.g. we were worried we needed a 2nd shooter and he said he could handle it alone - and he did). And on your wedding day/session with them, laugh a lot! He will be there to capture that, and it'll make your partner insanely happy to see you so happy.