Post # 1
I’m a long time lurker, first time poster.
Let me tell you about my photographers. I booked with them about a year and a half ago, and they informed me she was newly pregnant! They are a husband wife team.
The husband did our engagement photos (he showed up an hour late) but he was apologetic and the photos turned out great!
Last week I contacted them to make sure we were still set. The husband informs me that he’s been working solo for a while now while his wife takes care of the baby… we hired them to do both photography and cinematography and we’ve paid them big bucks to do it! I looked online at some of his recent reviews and they have not been good. People have had problems with him staying the entire time, posing photos, and getting them their pictures after the wedding. He even deleted the photos with one couple!!!
The contract does not specify how many photographers/ videographers there will be, but isn’t it too much to expect one guy to do both?
My wedding is on Saturday…. I don’t know what to do.
Thanks for reading!
Post # 3
@RedPurse: Call now and say in writting you booked them both and for the price they should be able to hire a sitter for the evening (sitters like what 10 an hour pron 6-10 hours so they lose 60-100)
Its your wedding you got it in writting for a reason, just be incharge but not bossy about it and maybe go talk to him in person, b.c. 2 photograhers get different angels you will always have better photos when you have 2
you paid for 2, right now you need to talk to him asap about doing what you paid or refunding the money or if only one will be there ask for a discount
make it very clear the he can not leave early and will be expected to document the whole night evne your leaving with your hubby at the end
everyone in the world will have a child, most people work, and all have to get sitters at some point, its not wrong to expectto get what you paid for
if they can’t give you that they need to give you your money back and you need to think of an alt plan or take a discount for half the team
Post # 4
@RedPurse: My mom was a single mom my dad left, when she had to work i had to be in day care or with my grandmother … when she had to go to school I had to be with someone else
even if it’s a young baby, the grandparents will be over joyed to spend time with it or auntys or uncles … their is no reason she can’t be away form her baby for one evening
most the time women take off time form full time work, if she does this full time every day I would have expected her to find a replacement, the fact is its them not you who are responsible
Post # 5
I’d be freaking my sh1T! I would definitly call him back with your concern. You hired them with the expectation that there are TWO people handling photos/videos. I personally think even just 1 is stretching it doing JUST photo. I’m not surprised his recent reviews are bad – he’s definitly half assing it.
If his wife can’t be there, he should find a suitable replacement or I would definitly demand a refund.
Post # 6
@RedPurse: It’s vital at this point that you confirm everything in writing before the wedding day. Express your expectation that there will be at least two professionals there on your wedding day and what the coverage time is. One photographer absolutely cannot provide stills and video of the day. Is this an independent business or like a big box chain?
Post # 7
@Madelin: Solo photographers have been doing their thing for as long as wedding photography has existed and skilled shooters do perfectly fine on their own. =) addvideo, no way.
Post # 8
One photographer can shoot the heck out of a wedding. I do it every weekend. They can’t do still and video at the same time. Those are two entirely different things. They have to monitor audio etc. I’d hop on that ASAP
Post # 9
@RedPurse: Thank you all for replying. Your words gave me courage! I spoke to him this afternoon and sent him an email of grievance. One of my friends attending the wedding is a photographer so she will be taking some photos and he will be paying the difference. UGH! This was a super frustrating day. I only hope he does his job and keeps his word. I will definetly be reviewing him when all this is done. You ladies ROCK!
Post # 10
@RedPurse: I’m confused. Your friend is going to be his second shooter? Or is he just going to do video? This sounds like a nightmare if they are both going to be shooting and battling for angles and shots.
Post # 11
I don’t understand why his wife can’t shoot? People go to work everyday. Pump, babysitter… That’s the reality of the commitment they made to couples when they signed them up!
Post # 12
Jbbee +1. I had a baby last year and had to go back to shooting weddings less than two weeks after she was born. It was rough and I was still recovering but that’s the commitment I made. My husband also shoots with me and he attended those weddings as well, so we had a relative watch the baby. Recently we had to fire our sitter who could no longer be trusted and weren’t able to find a replacement sitter last minute. However, I paid to fly my best, most talented and trustworthy photographer friend in from out of state to second shoot with me in his stead. Some Of the couples favorite images were ones he took and everything worked out fine. Thats simply the commitment I made. It sounds like the photographer you hired is really unprofessional and i i agree with Mariematts concerns about the arrangement he offered as an alternative. No professional would suggest that. I really hope you didn’t pay a premium for these people!