Awesome Wedding Photography Reviews (by Awesome Couples)

Every so often, I send out a feedback form for my clients to complete. It takes about 10 minutes of their time and I always appreciate finding out the reasons why people book me, what I did right, and what I can do better. And sometimes it just seems so sad to let these amazing comments sit hidden away, with only me to see them. So now I receive permission from my awesome clients to share some of the best parts of my wedding photography feedback forms. Here are some of my favorite reviews from some of my late 2012-early 2013 couples.

(Lest you think I’m pulling only good reviews from the pile — which, in fact, were all positive — I would like to do a little sis-boom-bah! and share that I currently have 13/13 five-star reviews on Yelp (with 3 totally legitimate, yet hidden, five-star-reviews there as well) and 8/8 five-star reviews on Wedding Wire. Ahem.)

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“We love our photos and they are priceless.”

“We knew someone from Offbeat Bride would be easy to get along with (and open to alternative ideas if we had any),” wrote Hannah and Brent.

backyard wedding photographer

“What Elissa provided for us was so much more than photographs.”

“From the very first email interactions with her to the day we received our final images, Elissa met and exceeded every expectation. Her attention to detail and level of professionalism gave us a sense of security that she was competent to handle such an important event… Every time we look at those images, we are brought back to our wedding day in a way mere snapshots could not achieve. Elissa was a dream to work with.

“Our wedding didn’t follow tradition in a lot of ways and we didn’t want to have to hold anyone’s hand through those more unusual aspects. When we saw Elissa’s body of work, we knew she was no stranger to weddings that broke the mold.”  – Jill & Zach.

bride and groom at cedar bend events outdoor ceremony

“Elissa’s strongest strength for us was her ability to help us relax and be ourselves in front of the camera.”

“We chose Elissa for a number of reasons. Not only was she on APW but she was LGBTQ friendly, which was a priority for us in choosing our vendors. After meeting her, we were drawn to pick her because of her awesomely dorky personality and picture quality,”  added Ashley & Sebastian.

Inn Above Onion Creek wedding // Elissa R Photography

“Elissa added to our wedding day.”

“The images and services received from Elissa were truly priceless. The images capture the the day beyond what we could have ever wished for in that she froze moments in time for us to cherish forever and caught glimpses of emotion throughout the late afternoon/evening that may have otherwise gone unnoticed or at least missed by some. She is brilliant and talented with her camera… The day of the event Elissa’s demeanor was very calming and reassuring… Elissa gave us a gift of memories that we will always cherish.” – Laurie & Mike

Artistic Austin wedding photography // Elissa R Photography

“She totally understood and captured the romantic vibe of everything.”

“After meeting with Elissa, we both felt very comfortable with her and I, of course, have faith that anyone who loves a certain BBC romance as much as I do will work well with me. Besides producing some amazing images, I think Elissa’s greatest strength with me was that she was able to take my half-formed ideas and build upon them in a way that turned out well for everyone. I felt like I was saying, “I don’t know — just something pretty?” most of the time, but the images I got back were perfect in a way that I never expected, especially given my poor articulation!

“I, and the rest of my family, were totally comfortable with Elissa and her assisting photographer on the day. She gave just the right amount of instruction, and was efficient and considerate of our schedule. The results are fantastic.” – Rebecca & Matthew

In the interest of not going on too much, I just picked some of my favorites. I am so excited to hear from my past couples and I’ll keep striving to do an even better job for my future couples.

Austin Boudoir Photographer

Now for something a little different…

After having my own boudoir session done, I was hooked on the idea of photographing boudoir as well. The whole experience was amazing from start to finish, and I gave Walt a little book of my photos for our anniversary gift (which he seems to appreciate). I’d been apprehensive about boudoir photos in general, since the vast majority that receive airtime are very come-hither, smolder-snarl, I-am-your-object types of lingerie advertisements. I wanted to celebrate women’s beauty, grace, and happiness with their bodies.

Luckily, a lovely lady approached me about a boudoir session and gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted. I love love love the way our boudoir session came to fruition, and she gave me permission to share a bunch of photos.

Since this post is of a half-dressed lady, I will put the rest behind a cut. They’re very tasteful, but probably not safe for work.

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Dance Obsession: Dance Academy

As you know, every so often I discover something amazing and have to write all about it. (See: Austen obsession and North & South, for examples.) I’ve been on a bit of a dance bender since the winter holidays and have been lapping up every dance movie available on Netflix. Here is a taste of what I’ve been watching in my downtime:

  • Shall We Dance? — A Japanese businessman who leads a boring life, sees a beautiful woman in a window of a dance studio. He begins dance lessons to get to know her better and his world opens up. (subtitled)
  • StreetDance — A predictable movie about British street dancers who have to team up with a ballet studio to win a dance competition. It plays out exactly how you think it will, but it’s got British accents so I tolerated it.
  • First Position — A documentary about young dancers prepping for the Youth America Grand Prix, a competition that will determine scholarships and shape their futures. Includes at least one very overbearing Dance Mom.

But at the tippy-top of this list is the amazing Australian show Dance Academy, which just added the third and final season to Netflix streaming! Ladies and gents, if you like rooting-for-the-underdog dance movies like Center Stage, if you like a touch of teen melodrama, if you like watching pretty people in leotards twitter across the stage, if you like Aussie accents and pretty scenic shots of Sydney harbor, this is the show for you. Full stop, no joke, pick up your remote and watch the pilot.

dance academy

Tara Webster is a talented, young ballerina from a small country town in Australia. She auditions for, and is accepted to, the prestigious National Academy of Dance in Sydney, where she promptly learns that she’s got a lot of work to do to catch up with the other students. The show follows Tara’s exploits as one of the bottom-rung dancers (à la Jody Sawyer!) in her Year One class.

The entire ensemble is fantastic: Kat, who is innately talented but doesn’t want to follow in her principal-ballerina-mother’s footsteps, acts out all the time; Christian, a talented dancer, is also a juvenile delinquent; Abigail, Tara’s roommate, is at the top of the class but still feels the need to put others down; Sammy loves to dance but his family doesn’t support him.

The best part is that there’s a ton of dancing! Ballet, modern, hip-hop! So you get your teen dramas and your dance fix!

I really need someone else to watch this show so that we can discuss it together!