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Tiffany · Married on 07/13/2018
Best photographer in the Tacoma and surrounding area!
I didn't realize I haven't left a review here! Darlene is amazing so much so we bought a lifetime package for all our future family photos. I was your normal anxiety ridden bride if not more so. Darlene and her husband helped me with my timeline to maximize their time at the venue. She dealt with uncooperative wedding party for me, it was similar to herding cats, and stayed professional throughout. They knew exactly how to photograph perfectly for our venue choice and everything was amazing.Sent on 01/18/2019
Laura · Married on 05/21/2016
No other local photographer can compare to her awesome quality pictures nor her unbeatable price. She works with you directly and makes sure you are the center of the universe.Sent on 05/28/2016
User1513960 · 2+ years ago
Darlene did a great job at our reception. We communicated through Facebook most of the time and she was always very quick to respond. She was accommodating when I wanted to add extra hours. Her prices are much better then any of the big name photographers. We got a 3 cds of photos, originals and edited, and rights to them all. I pretty much let her take any photos she wanted since we had posed pictures taken at ceremony in vegas. I was very happy with the pictures that she took. She got lots of the decor, guests, dancing and of course us. My only complaint would be that she could have looked a little more professional at the reception.Sent on 07/07/2012
Molly · Married on 06/22/2019
My wedding was definitely on a budget, so Darlene's prices appealed to me. I didn't want engagement photos so she let me add that hour into our wedding day. I hired her for a total of 9 hours.Sent on 07/19/2019
When we got to the venue, she was on time, dressed appropriately, and seemed nice, until the groom was late.
She made comments such as "Someone needs to light a fire under his butt" referring to the guys. Even though our coordinator had the situation under control, Darlene felt she needed to insert her comments in, constantly, to everyone, including my makeup artist, which ultimately just stressed everyone out. It got so bad that my wedding coordinator had to take her to the side and tell her to cool it.
The pictures after the ceremony with the wedding turned out absolutely beautiful. Darlene and her husband have a talent, for sure, but my goodness, the attitude the WHOLE TIME. We had a girl that was a part of our coordinator's team that would occasionally give suggestions for cute pictures. EVERY TIME it was met with a snarky "I'm getting to that" or "I know"
I, as the bride, felt scared to bring up any suggestions.
So the night goes on, dancing starts, and Darlene literally sat down and stopped taking pictures. Just sat there. I didn't notice this because I was just dancing my tail off, but 5 people, FIVE PEOPLE, came up to me to tell me that my photographer just stopped taking pictures.
For my wedding, Darlene brought her husband to help her. Our send-off was scheduled for 10, and around 9 he approached me asking if my send-off was going to be early. This, honestly, made me feel like my wedding was boring, my guests didn't want to be there, and that I had failed. I ended up crying in the bathroom on my wedding day.
Thank goodness my coordinator stepped in and cheered me up.
She ultimately told the photography duo to just leave and refund me for the hours they didn't shoot for and that they would get the send-off pictures with an iPhone.
They didn't, they stayed and took a few more pictures. But when I received my flash drive, it is very apparent when the two didn't want to be there anymore. The send-off pictures are just awful...
Overall, I wouldn't recommend. The attitude put a cloud over my day and it is something that is brought up every time I talk to anyone about the wedding because literally, everyone noticed it.
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