Post # 1
I am going to try and keep this short!
I hired a photographer a year ago, she took photos for my brother’s wedding and a family friend’s wedding as well. Fast forward to now- I have found out that they were unimpressed with their photos, she wasn’t focussed and she didn’t provide much direction or suggestion to impove the quality of the pictures while they were being taken. I hired her based on price… and I am seeing that maybe I should have spent a little more on this.
I don’t particularly care for any of our engagement photos. There are a couple that I like, but mostly I find the angles are wrong, my eyes are awkwardly closed in some photos, and she posted our photos online before sending them to us.
Today, a friend of mine who had this same photographer for her wedding posted about how upset she was with her wedding pictures, and that of the whole day she has about 7 she likes. This scares me, as I felt the same about our engagement photos.
I do have a photographer I love, but we are 2 weeks away from our wedding and I fear it is too late. What should I do? Make a specific list and hope for the best? Or see if the other photographer is available and cancel my current one?
I should have done more research… and I am at a loss! My photographer was also going to be setting up my photobooth as well, so if I let her go I have 2 things to replace. YIKES! I mean no disrespect to her, but I feel so torn. And I am generally not one to rock the boat either… but after working with my preferred photographer on another project, I know what I need from someone doing pictures for me and how I want my day to be captured.
What would you do?
Post # 2
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Bebedreamr: Definitely see if the second photographer is available, pictures are really up there among important vendors as photos are one of few items you’re left with once the day is over! If your preferred photog isn’t available maybe s/he can refer you to someone that is.
Post # 3
If you are ok with losing the deposit, and possibly any other payments you have already made to the current photographer, I think you should find out if the other photographer is available. Although you would probably feel bad canceling the current photographer, you should do it if photos are important to you.
I just received my engagement shoot proofs and there are so many that I love. I would have been very concerned about the wedding photos if I didn’t like any of them
Post # 4
First, immediately call the other photographer and I find out if they are available. (if they aren’t the point is pretty much moot)
If so, try to source a vendor for the photobooth.
If you secure both, call your contracted photographer and let them know you’ve decided to go with someone else and need to cancel your contract. You are bound by the termination provisions of your contract but it is probably worth it if you are stressed about the quality of your photos.
Post # 5
As a photographer, I think that you have to pick someone you trust.
This is not only for the photos you’ll have BUT ALSO for your feelings during the day, your day. You have to enjoy this day, photos or not, and feel good about everything.
And I also think that people put too much energy or money for their photographs these days and that it becomes stressful. Seriously, I begin to tell people to ask their friends to take photographs at the wedding and you’ll have, by selecting pictures after the event, many photos you’ll like, and you will not have to ask yourself if it was a good idea to hire someone expensive or not. It will be more natural for you to enjoy what you’ll have and it’s a true feeling, and I love that.
I know it’s weird for a photographer to say that, but seriously, why everybody have to hire a photographer or have to invite at least 100 guests, etc. There is no rule.
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Post # 6
Bebedreamr: You have to be happy with your decision and feel confident in ALL of your vendors. As a photographer, if you feel uneasy or unhappy with the one you’ve hired you should seek out a new one. That being said, you also have be 100% ok with the fact that you will NOT get your money back from the previous photographer. It’s a big decision, and IMO, one of the biggest decisions of the wedding (because the photos last forever). If you can financially afford to lose the money, and spend more, you need to go with what feels right. What I can tell you, is to just be honest with the photographer you’ve already hired. Let him/her know that you appriciate all the time they’ve invested in you so thus far, but that you have really become drawn to a different style of photography and feel that it would be better suited to your vision.
Post # 7
if you can hire the other person…do that, and then tell the one you have currently that if she’s willing, you’d like to apply your deposit toward only photobooth coverage.