HELP! I think I want to fire our photographer

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

CalOilerGurl:   If you were dealing solely with the son, and had never met the parents or seen their work, would you hire him?    If not, I’d suggest moving on.   

Post # 3
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Aside from not responding right away it sounds like he’s handling it how any other photographer would. I don’t understand what your concern is really.

Post # 4
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

To clarify, did the engagement photos already happen?

Post # 5
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you don’t like his work, move on!

Post # 6
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

CalOilerGurl:  Trust your gut on this one.  I had similar reservations about my photographer (a husband and wife duo).  They weren’t quick to reply, and hard to get a hold of throughout the planning process, which also happened during the waiting for photos process.

Post # 7
957 posts
Busy bee

If I understand correctly, you already booked the engagement photos but then he asked about when you wanted them done? That probably would have thrown me off too, and I don’t know what I’d have thought…

If your gut is telling you to find a new photographer, then that’s probably what you should do. I just hope that the deposit you lose isn’t too much!

Post # 8
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club

I have found delayed responses to be a prett common thing with venders, its super frustrating! I fired a caterer for the same reason. I agree, if you wouldn’t have hired him if the parents wernt in the picture I would cut him loose.  Trust your gut, your pictures are a really important element to the wedding and you don’t want to wait till your wedding day to be disappointed. 

Post # 10
3014 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

i would call and ask if your messages are going to junk mail. It sounds like it.

Post # 11
3088 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Is photography something that is incredibly important to you? If so, you should find someone who is going to meet all of your needs, be on their game, and have the type of photos you desire. I agree with the comment of a PP, if you had not known the parents and had just seen the son’s portfolio, would you have booked him? Just because he is “apart” of the parent’s company, doesn’t mean he will work the same way. The parents are retired, they are no longer apart of the business aspect of it.

You need to be comfortable with your photographer. I had to pass on my number one choice of photographer because weeks would go by before I would get a response from her. It was really upsetting, but now my FI and I are about to book a wonderful photographer who responds promptly and is clearly excited to work with us. 

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