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Kristen Hodgson

Needed: wedding photographer, Austin, TX

My sister is getting married in April 2006 in Austin, TX. She is looking for a photojournalistic style wedding photographer [some traditional poses as well]. I need some recommendations--thought I could ask here. I didn't know which category to place this question.....

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9/7/2005 8:57:32 PM

Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  I know someone who does photography and is from Austin!

Here is her website addy with some of her work as well as contact information under the rates section.

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9/8/2005 4:59:04 AM


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9/8/2005 5:00:36 AM

Kristen Hodgson   Thanks Michelle and Jerry. I have already viewed their web sites and passed their names on to my sister. They are each unique and do beautiful work. Thanks, too, for such a timely response!

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9/8/2005 5:30:22 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
I would also be willing to go to Austin to Photograph- My Daughter is in TX.
if you need more info just email me,
Debby Tabb

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9/8/2005 6:38:21 AM

Kristen Hodgson   Debby-thank you, I'll pass along your information to my sister. I know it would be nice for you to visit your daughter, too! =)

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9/8/2005 10:02:56 AM

Keri L. Malinowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2005
  I also photograph weddings and travel.

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9/8/2005 12:36:52 PM

Kathy L. Pollick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/14/2005
  Keri, was looking at your website. Your packages offer "proof" albums. What exactly does that entail? Do the bride & groom receive all the proofs, or do they select photos they want from these proofs & have you make additional photos? Are these a standard 4x6? We had a "friend of the grooms family" do our pictures & I was very disappointed in the shots. She does photography as a hobby so she simply took the pictures & handed them all to us, along with the negatives. I probably should have gone professional, but was trying to save some $$. Was just curious what all the pricing included. Thanks

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9/8/2005 12:41:47 PM


BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2003
  Kathy, please speak out and share this story as often as possible. So many people go the cheap route and think it's going to be OK. And, then it's not. So many people want to learn by doing weddings for free, etc. I think stories from a bride are the best. I'm a wedding photographer so everyone just thinks I'm blowing smoke when I tell new photographers to go learn on their own first before they ruin someones wedding day.

A WEDDING IS NOT A PLACE TO PRACTICE OR LEARN (except under the supervision of a pro)! By the time you are shooting a wedding on your own, you need to be ready for it.


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9/8/2005 3:35:00 PM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I couldn't agree with Jerry more. I read all these threads..."I have my first wedding next weekend...what camera should I buy, what kind of lens do I need?".


how on earth could these people think they could possible take on the pressures of being the photographer and then ruin somebody's day. they don't think that this is somebody's ONE day, somebody's little girl's ONE day. holy crap here I am

i've been shooting for over a year now and I feel comfortable with my camera (after constant study) and I feel confident in the PROGRESS of my work. now I know i'm not pro and i'm far far from it, but even know being confident with my camera and the basics of photography, after all this i'm just now ready to start LEARNING wedding photography, but far far from tackling someone's big day. lucky for me i've got an instructor who takes his students all the time to weddings, and i'm getting ready to do one hopefully soon. anyways almost everything in photography you can reshoot (that mountain will still be there; there will be another game; call the family back and explain) but you can't ask somebody to redo thier wedding because you didn't even know how to turn your camera on. holy cow.

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9/8/2005 3:52:41 PM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Anyways Kristen I'm sorry for venting on your thread... To answer your question all of the people mentioned seem consistent in their work. I can personally attest that Debby is an extremely wonderful and nice lady, as well as experienced and confident. Good luck on finding someone!

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9/8/2005 3:54:34 PM

Keri L. Malinowski
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2005
  In response to Kathy-
I am sorry to hear you were not happy with your photographer. However just to answer your questions:
Depends obviously on the pkg chosen but I pick the best pics and give them as proofs in a 4X6 size. Proofs are in order for the bride and groom to physically view the prints and tell me what sort of changes if any they would like once they blow some up. I also host the event online for 60 days for them to view that way as well and guests. The album is what I call a coffee table book. the pages are flush-no sliding the pics in. I too decide what pics go in there-it is just way too hard to do the leatherbound albums for me as most of my clients are not from where I am at for some reason-so its easier this way and most everyone seems to like the albums.
anywho-sorry about your pics-you might be able to take the negs into a professional lab and have them processed-that tends to make a huge difference a lot of the time.

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9/8/2005 4:01:00 PM

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