To all those looking for THE photographer of your dreams… Craig Carpenter is your guy! It’s difficult to even know how to begin to explain just how satisfied we were with the entire experience we had with Craig at Luster Studios. We were recently married at the Biltmore Estate (which we also highly recommend!) and were living in Atlanta at the time. We did find it somewhat challenging to plan our destination wedding from out-of-state, but Craig made the photography component relatively simple.
Now, for those of you reading this, we can’t underscore enough the importance of having a ‘nice’ photographer. Sure, we all want beautiful wedding photos… but you won’t be your best if the guy behind the camera gets on your nerves. This was never a concern with Craig. Throughout our entire process Craig was simply a nice guy… a quality that certainly went a long way! He was incredibly flexible, professional and available from the get-go. He answered all of our questions (sometimes within minutes of sending an email… not an uncommon occurrence) and was extremely responsive to our photography needs and desires. He even gave us some feedback as we narrowed down color choices for my bridesmaids dresses! He asks for a list of ‘must have’ photos (which he gets), but we knew that his best photos would be his candid shots.
Wonderful wedding photos were also of the utmost importance to us and Craig delivered! As we look back at the photographs, it actually seems as if he was in multiple places at once – catching the overall mood as well as telling a meaningful story through priceless personal shots. He provided the perfect balance of posed and (awesome) photojournalistic shots, and did such an amazing job of capturing the movement and emotion of our wedding day. He was right there throu ghout the entire event documenting (and we mean truly documenting) with a creative perspective. He certainly has an eye for the art of photography — framing the perfect picture at just the right moment — which really cannot be learned. He just has it! We loved him, and we heard repeated compliments from our wedding guests about how professional, thorough, likeable, and passionate he was.
Our favorite memory of Craig was of him speeding us through the Biltmore Estate trying to get to the front lawn for some last minute photographs. It was raining on our wedding day up until our ceremony so we weren’t able to go beforehand. Craig knew we wanted the quintessential Biltmore House photo as well as photos on the back balcony overlooking the valleys and mountains surrounding the Estate. So, there we were… after the ceremony with little time before the sun set… speeding (but not too fast) through the grounds to ‘get the shot’. This is something we appreciate most in him – he remembered that we wanted those photos and in all the craziness and happiness following the ceremony, he made it happen (but not in a demanding or bossy way). These are absolutely our favorite pictures and we’ll always appreciate that he did that for us.
Hire this guy! You wont regret it.
Andy & Amy