We initially chose CDP (Classic Developments Photography)/Whitewood Photography because we fell in love with the bright colors in Sarah's photographs. But it's actually that same feature that came back to bite us in the end.
We chose our ve...
nue because of the hilly, green picture-perfect scenery it had to offer. On our wedding, we got really lucky because we had the best weather anyone planning an outdoor ceremony could hope for -- sunny, cool with just a couple of small clouds to adorn the bright blue sky.
Unfortunately, you can't make out any of that in the bulk of our photos.
As my husband jokes, our ceremony pictures make it look like we got married in a white abyss. The background was a total whiteout. There's no sky, no hills, no buildings.
The outdoor group photos weren't much different; they were all overexposed, making the bright red and orange buildings behind us look more like an etch. In a few pictures, you can't even make out my husband's entire face, and in a lot of others, you can't see the beaded work on my dress.
We asked Sarah why the photos were over-the-top bright, and she said the position of the sun made it difficult to capture everything from a distance and she had to make a choice: focus on her subjects or the background. We could understand that. But for the group photos, she had the opportunity to position us in her favor yet never made the suggestion.
We told Sarah how we felt about the photos. She said she couldn't do anything about the ceremony pictures but offered to re-edit the outdoor group ones.
We finally got the USB containing our photos in the mail. While the re-edited group photos were a vast improvement, not all of them were actually retouched. We asked if she could redo the rest but she refused; she said doing so would not reflect her artistic style. When we asked if we could have a colored copy of one photo she edited in black and white, she refused to that, too, saying the color photograph didn't live up to her quality standards.
The real punch in the gut came whenever our friends sent us their photos of our ceremony, and they managed to capture the background and us without having to make a compromise.
Writing this review isn't easy because we like Sarah as a person, a lot actually. She's really nice. She replies to emails promptly and always showed up on time. And her indoor photographs were good, some really great.
But overall, we were disappointed with how she captured the most important moments of our wedding, our venue's beauty and later, her decision to prioritize her stylistic preferences above our satisfaction.