Post # 1
I have placed a small deposit on a photographer. I did not have many samples to look at before placing a deposit. She had a good price and was a family friend.
Well… I saw some of the pictures online, and the photos are….ok…. but not great. The sun light is overwhelming in many photos, and there are many pictures with random people in the background…..(ugh)
AND I was recently a personal attendent at a wedding she was working, and about 15 minutes into the full group photoshoot, she looked at me and said, “ok, now what?…..” LIke im supposed to give you posing ideas for this bridal party?!!?!– The creativity and quality just aren’t there….
Bottom line… I am uneasy about keeping her as a photographer…. How do I politely tell her, “No thank you”
ANY ADVICE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED
Post # 3
Did you sign a contract? Take a look and see what happens if you cancel.
In terms of what to say, just be honest. Just realize that you may not get your deposit back.
Post # 4
We did not sign a contract. I have accepted that I may not get a deposite back….but im ok with it.
Post # 5
I would use the “we decided to go in another direction” line?
Post # 6
@parada: I agree with @stephee: . Tell the photog that you decided to go elsewhere. If you’re fine with not getting the deposit back, then you really have nothing to lose. Good luck!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Since she’s a family friend, be prepared for some resentment on her part, whether you are polite or not. Would she still be invited to the wedding? You could always just say “We’d prefer you enjoy the wedding as a guest, rather than having to worry about working”.
Post # 9
If I may… I recommend telling her why you were less than thrilled with the photos she took for you. What you describe are very valid reasons for seeking out a new professional, and that feedback is valuable for her to hear if her skill level will probably cost her other future jobs.
Post # 10
@elysion: She is not a close family friend, so if not doing the wedding, she will likely not be at the wedding.
@shaka: Thank you for the advice
@melisandescott: Thank you!!