Post # 1
Okay, soooo, I have a little issue.
I’m getting married on 9/10/11 and hired a photographer in September of last year. I chose mainly based on price and recommendations from friends (she’s kind of a friend of a lot of friends). She did our engagement pictures, and they were pretty good, no real complaints.
We won a little facebook contest and got another session with a sort-of friend (Amy) who has a photography business. And well, I fell in LOVE with the pictures!
I tried to get my initial photographer to schedule bridal portraits for me though, since I still had her booked, and I am having all kinds of communication issues with her. She still hasn’t responded to any of my date requests for bridals. So, I got Amy to do the bridals and I am in love with them too.
Amy asked me if I wanted her to do my wedding – and I really, really want to say yes. Her price is better, it includes more, and I like her pictures better.
So here’s my question – should I break up with my original photographer? And if so, how do I do so tactfully? We only paid $100 deposit, well worth the engagement shoot and save the date design at least, so the money isn’t a concern – I just don’t want to get her upset.
What do y’all think?
Post # 3
Just shoot her an email or call her and say “We decided to go with another photographer and won’t be needing your services anymore. Thank you!” That’s really all you need to say considering she isn’t reponding to you in a timely manner.
Post # 4
I agree with@KatyElle: just let her know you found someone else. $100 isn’t too much to lose if you really love the other photog.
Post # 5
You have to do what is best for you. If you don’t break it off with your current photographer you’ll always wonder how the pictures would have been with Amy. Just give her a call and let her know that you have decided to go with a different photographer. If she asks why, just say that you found someone who you felt was a better fit for you and the wedding. Leave it at that. I would say to do it over the phone so there is not chance of confusion or lost emails.
Post # 6
I think you guys are right, I’m probably making a bigger deal out of it than I need to. I’m just such a people-pleaser! But you’re right, I would have wondered how Amy’s pictures would’ve come out…I’d love to use her!
Post # 7
i agree with all the PPs, but did you sign a contract? you might owe her more than $100 for cancelling?
if not then swallow the $100, and like you said its worth it for the engagement pics she di for you.
Post # 8
@anne B: Agreed. Make sure you check any contract you have with her.
Post # 9
You should definitely go with your gut, but make sure your contract allows it. My contract (along with many photographers) protects me from this sort of thing – if a couple cancels within 3 months of the date they owe half the balance of the total package as it’s unlikely I’d be able to rebook it.
I would also say you should be careful and do your homework on your friend – you might have loved her portraits, but does she have wedding photography experience? Does she have the equipment necessary to shoot a wedding? It’s so, so important for you to do the right research before you cancel with the photographer you already booked.
Post # 10
If it’s seriously only $100 you’re losing then I wouldn’t hesitate to make the switch. I paid $700 for my deposit so that would keep me from making a switch. Go for it!
Post # 11
@BeeM: Agreed. Read your contract to make sure you won’t owe any money for dropping her this close to your date.
Has the other photographer done weddings? I say trust your gut, but make sure you don’t have to pay her anything.
Post # 12
I think you may owe your photographer more than 100 bucks. It seems that with the engagement session, etc that was included, it would cost more than 100, but your photographer didn’t protect himself and charge enough to risk a loss after such a shoot. Best of luck.
Post # 13
Your cutting it pretty close to the date to give her the boot. As the PP said, check your contract. However I disgree that you should call her (well you can do that) but you MUST also email her as well. Its to cover you own ass with a paper trail. Simply having a phone call simple leads to he said she said type deals.
Post # 14
Check your contract, definitely… I am a people pleaser too so I know how it feels, but these are your wedding photos!!! Do what you have to do for YOU. I would call and tel her… if you e-mail, she may claim she didnt get it or something. You can always say that you won a free wedding shoot so she may not feel as bad!