I am just back from an amazing 10 days at the Barcelo Maya Palace where I was married to the man of my dreams on May 12, 2011! I wanted to write a review about William Sanchez, a wedding photographer in the area. This will be part 1 and when I receive my pictures I will post part 2!
My husband and I tried to plan a stress free, low key, and affordable wedding! Even though I am not fussy, we really weren't impressed with the photography company located at the resort we were staying at, and we started to feel photography stress William came recommended to us by another well-known photographer in the area, and as soon as we met him, our stress was quickly alleviated!
I contacted William through his blog http://www.williamsanchezblog.com/ and he responded to me very quickly by email. firstname.lastname@example.org He provided me with examples of his work and information about his services in a timely and clear manner. We decided to go with William and received a very clear contract. His rates were very fair (especially compared to what was being offered at our hotel) and we paid half immediately and the other half closer to the wedding date (before we arrived). Both were done through Paypal and there were no problems or concerns in this regard at all.
The hotel had some stipulations about outside photographers, but this was not William's fault. He drove from a few hours away, so we rented him a room for one night at the same resort near by, and there was no problems with him accessing our hotel on our wedding day.
My husband was still a little nervous about the whole thing. But once we met William in person this too faded away. He is so kind and his love for photography is so evident. I hardly noticed him when we were getting ready. He wasn't pushy or asking me to do this or that. Yet I would see him standing up high or crouching down low to get a shot of something natural happening in the moment. My husband and his guys commented that they liked him too and could not believe his energy! He was running ahead of them, sliding, hiding in bushes, and doing everything he could to get the perfect picture.
We could not have been more pleased. William and his assistant were asked to join us for our wedding dinner and they fit right in with our family and friends. They all really liked him and could not believe how hard he worked! The next day, my husband and I met with him again to do a trash the dress session. We ran all over the resorts trying to capture unique pictures and great light until the sun finally went down! We felt very comfortable and even my husband found it so fun!
William Sanchez Photography was such a pleasant surprise and part of our wedding, I could not wait to share or recommend him to future couples. We have a bit of a wait for our pictures (standard is 2 months afterward) but I understand why. If William puts as much effort in to the finished product as he does the process, I know we wont be disappointed. He showed us a few shots on his camera that looked so great already!
Stay tuned for part 2 & good luck!