Speaking as a camera-shy groom who had never hired or worked with a professional photographer before, I can say I'm totally happy with John's work, and it was worth every penny. The thing I like best about John's pictures is how everybody looks so happy in them it was true of all the ones we looked at when we picked him, and sure enough it's the same with our pictures. We planned a very hard wedding to capture on film our day included a hike up a mountain to our ceremony, giving him harsh light, a raw, non-traditional setting and very little time to work with posed shots. John and his assistant showed they were masters of this difficult situation. Just as other reviewers have said, he clearly has so much fun taking pictures, his excitement is contagious to his subjects and everyone is happy and looks great!
We also decided to do an engagement session with John, which I TOTALLY recommend doing! It was only a few hundred bucks more, and the extra variety of settings we were able to get gave us tons more pictures of just us, looking great. In addition to a traditional romantic park scene, we also wanted some shots from around our neighborhood to remember our place and the time of our lives we were at when we got married. We went out in the alley behind our West LA apartment and John took pictures of us with props like dumpsters, cement walls, and our scooters. They are AWESOME! So totally unique, just like our wedding, and we really appreciate his flexibility with taking this non-traditional engagement session idea and making us look like movie stars. While we were shooting one of our neighbors drove by down the alley and we learned he was also a wedding photographer he said he had never imagined he'd see anyone doing an engagement session in our alley!
We considered not hiring a professional photographer at our wedding, just handing out cameras to our friends, and we're so glad we went with John. His photos are WAAAY better than the casual snapshots we've gotten it really pays to have someone there who is dedicated full time to the task, has the best equipment and knows how to use it. Plus, the hours that he puts into editing the 100000s of photos he shoots, and getting the colors just right on each one... some of them, it's hard to believe how good they look knowing the difficult conditions the were shot in. So again fun, professional and worth every penny!