14 Reviews for Hillary Strater Photography
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Hillary is amazing! We hired her for our engagement photo shoot and could not be happier with her services. We contacted Hillary without much of an idea of what we wanted or how to be prepared for the shoot. She was extremely responsive and flexible, found the perfect location and even helped with our outfit choices. Hillary made us feel comfortable within seconds of meeting her and was absolutely great to work with. Even more importantly, the photos came out absolutely beautiful. Such a great value for the package and service we received, it was all we could have hoped for. I strongly recommend Hillary Strater Photography to anyone! Thank you so much, Hillary!
Hillary photographed our wedding a little over a week ago. To say she has been amazing from when I first started the process of finding a photographer to our special day is an understatement. As most brides are when they first begin to plan a wedding I was a bit overwhelmed. Hillary made me feel at ease through the entire process when working with her. She is so responsive, easy to talk to and made both my husband and I feel so comfortable working with her and in front of her camera.
I would highly recommend doing an engagement shoot with Hillary prior to the wedding. This was a great opportunity for us to get to know her and vice versa. It made us more comfortable on our wedding day.
Her work is phenomenal, and our engagement photos came out beautifully. From the sneak peek I got of our wedding photos I know those are going to turn out just as amazing.
I would highly recommend Hillary to anyone look for a wedding, engagement, family photographer. She is so responsive, organized, personable, her work is beautiful and she genuinely has your best interest at heart.
Hillary Strater was simply an amazing photographer! She captured our wedding day beautifully and made everyone feel so comfortable while capturing sweet little moments and family & friend photos. Hillary was so easy to work with and took the time to get to know Alex and I during the process of wedding planning. My photos were dreamy and captured the natural light of our beach wedding, which I loved! It was hard to choose my favorites for thank you cards, because each photo told a part of the day. Hillary was so gracious when working with us to create a prefect package for our day. Hillary made the long trip filled with traffic to Gloucester, MA and showed up with a smile! She was caring during times that are stressful during a wedding, especially with timing, and never made us feel rushed and we were able to enjoy every moment she captured.
Hillary is a wonderful choice for a photographer and she is truly an artist at work! If you want nothing less than perfect, than you should definitely choose Hillary Strater Photographing
From the very first time we contacted her, Hillary went above and beyond to make us comfortable and assure us that we had made the right decision in hiring her to photograph our wedding. We had chosen a fairly elaborate theme and I wanted to make sure that every detail was captured; Hillary did not disappoint! She was extremely professional and friendly, guiding us and our guests through poses to capture the spirit of the day without making it seem like "stock" images. She really knows how to capture the personalities of her clients, in all the best ways. Her candid shots were fabulous and we barely noticed her throughout the reception, which is the mark of a true master. She managed to get pictures of everyone celebrating without once seeming like a disruption (I have seen this happen with less professional photographers at friends' weddings, and it can rapidly ruin the fun). But what really set her apart, for us anyway, were her detail shots! Hillary has a remarkable talent for capturing the minute details that take a wedding from special to truly magical. Things we never even thought to memorialize, she photographed in stunning detail, so that they are now some of our most treasured memories from that day. I cannot recommend her highly enough. From start to finish, Hillary was an absolute joy to work with and I cannot thank her enough for the beautiful gift of her photography. We will most definitely be working with her again in the future!
Hillary Strater Photography is the absolute best! Seriously- don't look any further. Just save yourself the time and hassle by going with Hillary from the start. Before finding Hillary, my wife and I reached out to numerous different photographers about the possibility of working at our wedding. They were all severely overpriced and completely inflexible. Even though we informed everyone that we were having a tiny event with less than 30 people, we were continually told that we would need to spend thousands of dollars for a crew of multiple photographers!
Thankfully, we eventually discovered Hillary, and she treated us like actual human beings instead of just an opportunity for cash. Her emails were delightful and personal, and she was more than happy to customize a plan that was appropriate for our event. When we finally met her, she turned out to be an absolutely lovely young lady. In our minds, she simply became another guest at our wedding, and we were thrilled to have her there.
The grand finale, of course, was when we received the pictures. They are stunningly gorgeous! My wife and I both agree that they are amongst the most beautiful wedding photos we've ever seen. Considering just how gifted Hillary is...and how easy and friendly she is to work with...there is no good reason to hire anybody else. Reach out to Hillary Strater first, and if you're lucky, she'll be available on the date of your event!
First off I would like to say that Hillary is a kind individual. She is very polite and is open to ideas. The 2013 package was a good price for the money compared to the other photographers in the area. If you choose to have Hillary photograph you need to be very clear and concise on what you want. She will not offer advice on how your day should be handled. I wish I would have known that then so that I could have had a better experience. The day of my wedding was a rush. There are so many things going through your mind, so many people you have to meet and so many things you have to do in general that the photographer is the last person on your mind.
We didn't take that many posed pictures, no pictures of my in-laws or my family. She does not take pictures during dinner even though it can take an hour for everyone to be seated to eat. That would have been a perfect time to take pics of the people at the event. I just think she needed to be more assertive and kind of demanding. She was pretty nonchalant and goes with the flow. There are time limits and all photography poses do not look good on everyone. My favorite pics were the candids and I didn't even get a picture of my cake that I DESIGNED. It was so expensive and it didn't even have its debut. :( The attention to detail wasn't a priority but I am pleased with the candids of the family dancing.
Then I had to wait 4 months to receive my pics and I didn't have a sneak peak until I saw a bride that had a wedding 3 weeks after mine on her blog. I was very polite even though my husband wasn't. Her packaging when she sends you the photos are nice, its sent in a photo box with a usb drive. Actually from this experience my husband and I will be taking photographs annually on our anniversary.
I'm so sorry you were not fully satisfied with your wedding pictures from me! I wanted to respond to your review for a few reasons and that was to clarify the problems that had arised and hindered me from being able to get what needed to be done. Your wedding ceremony started over an hour late and by the time we had finished we were running out of light and time and quickly had to move into your reception. When we tried to have your family together, none of them could be found. Even when the DJ asked for your family to move outside we had to stand around for almost a half hour for all of them to gather. Generally, these pictures are done before the reception because everyone wants to enjoy themselves and not be bothered with posed/family pictures but due to the ceremony being over an hour behind we did not have the time. I told you what needed to be done and gave suggestions, but I cannot force anyone to do anything. During dinner my second shooter and I did work on taking detail shots. I did see pictures of your cake in your online gallery as well.
In my contract it does state that wedding pictures can take up to 16 weeks to be delivered and prints/canvases/albums can take additional time as well. I do not post previews of every wedding I have done online and I apologize for not sharing one of yours, but I was happy to send you some of your images when you asked me.
My contract also states that I am not responsible for missing individuals when it comes time to pictures. I did my absolute best, but I cannot control everyone. I am thrilled you enjoyed the images from your reception!
I apologize again that you were not fully satisfied, but there were many unfortunate circumstances that went into some images not being able to get captured.
Hillary is an amazing photographer that truly captured the joy of my husband and I on our wedding day. She was very professional, inexpensive, and took amazing photos! I highly recommend her!
My husband and I had our wedding back in October 2013. We paid a small fortune on hiring a "professional" photographer in CT, only to end up with terrible photos. We had waited 5 years to have the wedding we both had dreamed of, only to have moments missing, terrible photos, and an overall terrible experience that left us feeling heartbroken, frustrated and cheated.
This is when I found Hillary Strater. I contacted her, told her about our horrible misfortune with our wedding "photographer", and begged her to help us by doing a wedding reshoot. She was so sympathetic to my sadness, and went above and beyond to help make sure we got the kind of photos we wanted to be proud of to document what should have been previously documented.
She came to our home, looked through our horrible photos, asked what kind of poses and scenery we were hoping for, walked us through our contract and told us what to expect. By the time she left, I was hugging her. Just so grateful that she was so kind and accommodating.
When our reshoot rolled around it was a gorgeous but freezing day in January. We spent at least an hour and a half with her and a second shooter at Harkness Park in Waterford. She captured the most amazing photos for us. I'm so proud to have these pictures, and so many of them are hanging up in my home.
I couldn't be happier, or more thankful that I came upon Hillary Strater Photography. My only regret is that I didn't find her sooner, because I would have loved her to photograph our wedding in the first place.
Hillary is a professional, knowledgable, passionate photographer and it shows from the moment you meet her. You will not be sorry if you choose her for your big day!
Hillary did a fabulous job with our wedding photography. She conducted extreme professionalism and each and every picture was absolutely amazing. Not only did she have great posing pictures but the candid shots that she had done really captured the moment. Not one single regret with choosing her to be our photographer.
Hillary did an absolutely amazing job on our wedding photos! She was very flexible and we LOVE LOVE LOVE her creative ideas and photography. Not only did she capture the overall day, but she did a great job in capturing all of the small details that we worked so hard on. We couldn't be happier with the final product and are lucky to have found her! Thanks Hillary!!
From start to finish, planning our intimate ceremony was a breeze with Hillary Strater Photography! Hillary made me feel very comfortable over the phone that she would capture beautiful pictures from our big day. Having reviewed several Key West Photographers sites, Hillary's work was my favorite....her personality was extremely friendly and easy going---she was a doll to work with. She was able to make a custom package for my groom and I, with an additional photographer, at an extremely reasonable rate! If you are looking for a skilled photographer that knows how to utilize natural light and implement a photojournalistic style, look no further than Hillary! You will NOT be disappointed!!
I couldn't have picked a better photographer for my wedding. Hillary was so nice, helpful, and talented!! Not only were her rates much less than her competitors, but I feel like she was much more involved than a typical photographer. She was so easy to contact by either phone, text or email. She made planning my destination wedding a much easier experience, and I would recommend her to everyone! Her photos turned out beautifully and she had them mailed out to me on a CD, edited with photo release within a couple weeks of the ceremony.
Photographer was professional and very flexible.
Hillary did an amazing job on our wedding photos! She had many awesome ideas yet receptive to any input tht my husband and I had. Would most definately reccomend Hillary Strater Photography for anyone! :) Loved her!!!