WOW! We had such an amazing experience with Jan Spisar. He was recommended to us from a family friend who had used him several years ago for her wedding and was hugely pleased. Neither of us are big on having our picture taken, so spending upwards of $5,000-$10,000 on wedding photography (as other local photographers charge for limited sessions) was just not something we were looking to invest in.
Jan did our engagement photos, our wedding photos, and our videography. For our engagement photos, he gave us unlimited time and did his best to make my husband feel as comfortable as possible. When we got them back, we must've had 900 pictures to choose from. Seriously! Of course, probably a good third of these were completely awful due to wind, weird faces, distractions, etc., but plenty were awesome. It made us feel really great that he was not acting rushed, allowed us to do multiple locations, and seemed to enjoy our company.
He also did our wedding photography about a month ago, and it was more than we ever could have imagined. He showed up and stayed for our entire rehearsal at the venue, attended our rehearsal dinner to get pictures and video, arrived at the venue at 10:30am when we did, and stayed until after we left that evening after 10pm! I felt almost bad that the money we paid him was not equivalent to all the time and effort he put into us, but he assured us that he was truly enjoying himself and was genuinely happy to have the opportunity to spend the day at our celebration.
We just received all of our pictures and videography back. Wow, we received three extra DVDs of our engagement pictures, and three sets of all of our wedding photos. He took well over 1300 pictures, and edited each one by hand. I look beautiful as a bride, my husband looks handsome, and they have been passed around multiple times by family members via email and social media. Everyone keeps talking about how kind and how hard working Jan was. We loved working with him and highly recommend his services.
If you are someone looking to put a massive portion of your budget into wedding photography for fancy exposures of starry skies and blog posts sold to reputable wedding magazines about your big day, this is not your guy. Yes, some of the local photographers are very talented, but they will also charge you per hour and MAY not include copyrights, editing, etc. The service and tangibles I received from Jan (including engagement session, rehearsal photography/videography, rehearsal dinner, the entire wedding from when we arrived to when we left, three sets of DVDs of all photos, plus an album and copyrights to all pictures) were a fraction of the $10,000k + being charged by some of the popular guys in town.
Do your research, and if you're on a budget, check Jan out! He is an honest, hard working guy that really cares about his clients! We would recommend him to anyone!