Wedding photography in Buffalo, Rochester, Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier.
I can not recommend Wendy Mitchell more highly. When we were first looking at reception venues and photographers were were surprised at the lack of customer service from many vendors. We met with Wendy and she sat with us for two hours and answered all of our wedding planning questions. She was the first person to get us really excited about what our wedding day would feel like. After our meeting we canceled our appointments with other photographers and booked her. She was extremely flexible to work with, and allowed us to swap the engagement session included in our package for rehearsal dinner photography. It was wonderful having her at our rehearsal. Everyone got to know her, and it is nice to have pictures of everyone in a more relaxed setting. On our wedding day Wendy came to take pictures of the bridal party getting ready, and it was so nice having her be a part of our day. All of the other girls were running around doing last minute primping, and Wendy was the person calming me down and telling me I looked beautiful before we left for the church. We took pictures on the Buffalo waterfront, and they are absolutely amazing. I didn’t feel like we were rearranging into different poses for hours, yet Wendy got a great range of formal shots. She also really captured what it felt like to be at the reception, but with good lighting and from flattering angles. She quickly figured out who the really important people were, and she got lots of pictures of our close friends and family at the cocktail hour and dancing. She also managed to get pictures of everyone who was at our wedding, the food, the flowers, and other wedding details. Immediately after the wedding one of my bridesmaids booked Wendy to shoot her son's baptism, and another friend tried to get out of their contract with another photographer to use Wendy for their wedding.
If you are just starting to plan you are probably not thinking of these kinds of things (I wasn’t) but these are things that became really important on our wedding day and after:
Wendy is a really nice person to be around. She put people at ease and sensed what pictures were really important to us and when we were exhausted and sick of taking formal shots. Your photographer will be at your side for your whole wedding day. Make sure it is someone you want to share your day with.
Wendy posts a sneak peek of your wedding day really quickly (like within 12 hours) on her blog. This was so much fun! It was amazing to wake up the day after our wedding and get to immediately see the highlights. I could have never anticipated how important that would have been to me, but seeing the pictures right away was a wedding highlight. We were sitting in the airport on our way to our honeymoon and seeing pictures go up on Wendy's blog and Facebook page.
A few weeks after our wedding we got an unexpected beautifully wrapped package at our door, and it was an album Wendy put together for us. Our wedding was nautical themed, and she even made a custom "sail away" box for the CDs of pictures. After all of the wedding excitement is over, and gifts have stopped arriving at your door this will mean a lot to you.
Check out our pictures on Wendy's blog -- RJ and Elizabeth, June 11th 2011.
Wendy was such a great photographer! We knew that she was the one as soon as we met with her. She was so personable and very professional. Not to mention, her prices were extremely reasonable! Wendy made us feel very comfortable throughout the entire day. She was very flexible and did not fret over the crazy weather, which made me feel so much better :) Wendy was great at the reception, capturing every moment on the dance floor! I received so many compliments about how awesome she was! Many people also commented how some of my photos could be in a magazine :) I am so happy with my wedding photographs from Wendy Mitchell and highly recommend her for any occasion!!
Wendy was the easiest decision when we were planning our wedding, through word of mouth and seeing the work she did for our friends' weddings, we knew we wanted her to capture our memories. She can work with any budget, is with you the entire way and our photos were everything we wanted and more- tons of candid shots and pictures of all the details before, during and till the end of the evening. She provides exactly what you ask her from her- and then some.
We had a wonderful time working with Wendy!! The pictures came out gorgeous and several people have commented that they look like they are from out of a magazine. She does an excellent job and is well worth the reasonable price.
I first came to know Wendy Mitchell Photography through my best friend's wedding. Wendy was very personable, friendly, and flexible at her wedding. Then I saw her pictures. Wendy has the ability to take the most amazing pictures, yet be unseen and leaving you to wonder "How did she take that, I didn't even see her there."
Wendy was the first phone call I made after I got engaged. I didn't even set the date until I knew the date we had planned was available for her. When I contacted her, she remembered me from my best friend's wedding, which was two years earlier. When we set up an appointment to interview her and to see her portfolio, the thing that sold me the most was that she had a story for every picture--she remembered certain stories and events that happened at each wedding she worked. Not many professionals I know actually pay attention enough to remember every wedding they have been involved with.
Having Wendy do the photography at my wedding was like having one of my best friends taking the pictures. Her easy going, friendly personality put everyone at ease and it felt like she was part of the family. She talked with everyone, remembered everyone's names, and by the end of the night knew who belonged to who in the family. She took some posed pictures, she took a lot of candids, and she even obliged when other people asked to get pictures taken. She captured every aspect of the wedding--the church, the guests, the food, the little moments that would have been forgotten had they not been captured on film. I told her only a few pictures I wanted her to take, but other than that, I trusted her completely and she exceeded my expectations.
The quality that I recieved my photos in exceeded my expectations and was worth the wait. (I only waited a month for EVERY single picture she took, with doubles. She gave me a time frame of when I should expect them and I recieved them in that time frame).
I am so glad that I went with Wendy Mitchell Photography. I have had so many people compliment me on my pictures, and my one friend said that she regrets not having her at her wedding.
Her prices are amazing. For the price I paid (less than 2k), I recieved over 1100 pictures (I requested doubles), a CD, and the negatives. She doesn't do albums, but you recieve your pictures in an album that is so nice, I'm not even changing them to a different one. I know for a fact that my one friend paid more than 2k for her photographer, and didn't even get half of what I did. The quality and quantity you get for the price just doesn't compare.
Many people say they have their wedding photo album in a box and it's been in the closet since a year after they got married. I will not only keep these photos out, but I will treasure them and look at them often.
Choosing Wendy to shoot our wedding was the EASIEST choice we made! We have been at a few weddings over the years with Wendy and her work is always amazing...she takes shots of details that you may forget in years to come, if your looking for that straight out of a magazine look than Wendy would be a great choice for you special day. She is a very sweet individual, her work is amazing and such a great value! Check out her website, I look forward to the wedding season knowing that I will get to see some of Wendy's amazing work that she posts on her web site.
We booked Wendy for our wedding in May '08. She was AWESOME!!! Finding a great photographer was one of the most important decisions that we made for my wedding, and we feel that we made the right choice! We got married in Auburn, NY and planned the whole thing from Atlanta,GA. So, communication skills were a MUST! She was very professional throughout all of our correspondence and was very flexible and helpful.
On our wedding day, everyone at our wedding said that she was great to work with & we agree! She was never in the way, never pushy, and had great suggestions for photos. She did a tremendous amount of work for one person. (I've seen photographers with entourages of assistants whose work doesn't hold a candle to hers!)
When we got our pictures, we were amazed! You can tell that she has a great eye, because when you look at our photos, you totally see how our day was. She captured how FUN it was & you can really see our family and friend's personalities. We are STILL bragging about our photos today! 5 stars all the way!
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