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M&J Photography, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Detailed Ratings
Communication:
5.0
Performance:
5.0
Value:
5.0
trboda2012

By trboda2012, · 357 Views · 0 Comments

Pros: Professional, talented, experienced, hard working, well equipped, flexible, fast, communicative, friendly, straightforward
Cons: None

 

Dear readers. It is with great pleasure that we write this review for Michael and Jennifer’s photograph services; we highly recommend them. They photographed us on our wedding day last April, covering the “bride’s getting ready session”, a photo session of the bride and groom, together and with our families, and the ceremony. We then had a “trash the dress” session the day after the wedding. They were very friendly and very professional before, during and after our wedding day, and the photographs are amazingly great.

 

We are from Monterrey, Mexico, and got married in Playa del Carmen. We felt that our wedding, being a destination wedding, presented particular risks as we were going to have to hire people/companies that we (or any friend or relative) had never heard of before. We were particularly concerned about choosing the right photographer (good wedding photographs are worth the investment, more than anything else in the wedding; seriously).  We made an extensive research, both in Mexican and American websites, and asked around as we knew several couples that had gotten married in the Mayan Riviera. We checked out the suggested photographers but none impressed us. We then came across their ad in Google and looked into it. Looking at their some of their work posted on their website we knew they would make great photographs. We were concerned about the amount of time we should hire them as our event would last 12 hours between the getting ready session and the end of the reception, and we wanted to hire a videographer as well. We decided to hire Michael and Jennifer for the most important part of the wedding (getting ready, couple/family photo shoots, ceremony and trash the dress) and hired a different photographer for the reception (bundled with video service that covered also the ceremony).

 

They were very professional from day one. They heard our privacy concerns and were very flexible. Once we hired their services they began to work by scheduling a Skype meeting with us to get to know us and understand our interests and expectations regarding their work. They not only listened but also gave us tips and suggestions, which obviously helps when you have a lot of other things to worry about when organizing your wedding. As the weeks passed, they would keep constant contact with us, sending us friendly emails (being in regular contact with them gave us a lot of peace of mind knowing they were taking their job seriously). We met them once in Playa del Carmen several months before our wedding day, and they were very professional about it. They studied the church and its lighting conditions and checked the sunset schedule for our wedding day to know how much light they would get during our ceremony. Several days before our wedding day they sent us an email with a list of things to keep in mind during the photo session (small but important things that you would not think about; like having the room cleaned early in the morning, etc). They volunteered to start their work earlier than requested in order to cover the getting ready session from the start, even when that meant that they would work additional time (without charging for it), and while Jennifer took pictures of the bride, Michael went out to study different areas of the hotel to find the best place to shoot the couple and family pictures (think about it, you are getting two photographers, so there is a lot of room for getting things right). They blended in perfectly with the family. Before getting to the church, they took us on their car to the beach to get some nice photos on the sand, and then jumped in the wedding car to capture the moment as the bride was being driven to the church. They dressed professionally for the occasion and were very conscious of not overwhelming us or the priest while they took the pictures. They then jumped in the car with us as we were driven from the church to the reception, to capture the “just married” moment. The next day, for the “trash the dress” session (scheduled for 4:30 pm) they surprised us with a better location (there was a lot of seaweed on the beach in Playa del Carmen and we had just no idea where to go for the photo sessions). Without us asking, they took the task of driving around the Mayan Riviera during the morning to find the right spot for the photo session. They explained to us how to get there and it was worth it. The place they found was incredible. They gave us a lot of ideas for the “trash the dress” session and made the experience quite enjoyable. Four days after our wedding day, they sent us a web link with their favorite shots; a link which could be shared with family and friends. This was a great thing to have during our honeymoon. Finally, they kept in constant contact while they were working on the editing and finally sent us the photos 5 weeks after our wedding day (that’s extremely fast). They prepared two DVDs for us and one for each of our families. The DVDs contained the photos in high resolution (for printing) and low resolution (for sharing on the web or by email). Now comes the most important part to mention… the quality of their work. The photos are superb; pure art! Seriously, we never thought the photos would come out so well. The colors, the backgrounds, the angles, the lighting, the moments captured. This alone is worth hiring them, but well, they do offer the whole package (attitude, professionalism, quality of work). We are now having trouble picking those for framing.

 

Michael and Jennifer are a very nice couple, friendly and with an interesting conversation. Hiring them was the best decision we could have made and working with them was a great pleasure. We highly recommend them.

 

Talina & Rodrigo

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