Post # 1
Just a little bit upset about our photographer that we chose. Here is the short and sweet story. We started off by wanting to book a photographer early.. only because I know that is something VERY important to myself. We went with a photographer who is highly recommended in the area and does many events. We met up with him and had a consulatation and booked our engagement session. He seemed like he was full of many ideas! Since we booked him so early, he brought up on doing a 4 seasons engagement session. We would take pictures in the summer, spring, fall and winter. We went and took pictures in a beautiful park in the area. During the session, it didnt seem like he was very artistic with coming up with ideas, that at one point I told him what he should do for a picture. After the session, I was like, ok.. I give it a chance and see what they end up looking like. Weeks after, we had to wait for him to upload the pictures.
The next part is where it all started. Well.. he uploaded the picturesm and they were not even uploaded correctly. The ones that should be horizontal were vertical and so on. I had to figure out the password to get into the website because he didnt even tell us what it was. When emailing him, his resoponses were slow and delayed. Looking at the pictures, I was disappointed. I did not like them at all. We planned on doing “Save the Dates” with him and also getting a picture for the paper, well here we are in November and still not pictures. We took these pictures in MARCH!
I am done with him and looking for a new photographer. Luckily we only put down a 100.00 deposit ( which we will be losing) and I am going to find a new photographer. I will not have regret on my wedding day with someone who doesnt care and refuses to reply. We have another engagement session for photos on November 11th. This was supposed to be the “Fall” one, but here in Oh/Pa most of all the trees are now bare, and doesnt have all the pretty colorful leaves, again they would have came out horrible.
Has anyone else had a bad experience with their photographer? Did anyone else book one and then had to search for another one? I feel like this is so horrible and fustrates me so much! 🙁 I want my day to be perfect, and he just put a damper on my wedding planning. I will be meeting with a photographer tomorrow and with one next week. THIS time, I am taking sample pictures and letting them know what I want! I will never book anyone else unless I have photos to show what I want.
Post # 3
Wow, how frustrating! Especially since it seems like you did your homework and this guy was supposed to provide good services. I guess look at it on the bright side and be happy that you did a series of engagement shoots with him to realize he wasn’t the one to shoot your wedding. As frustrating as it is, I’m sure you’ll find someone who is better to work with on your wedding day!
Post # 4
I did! See my thread http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/photographer-blew-off-a-clients-wedding-last-weekend-vent for the whole story.
In a nutshell, we found out our photographer blew off someone else’s wedding, and has failed to cough up the pictures of people’s weddings that were 5+ months ago. She stopped responding to all communication, and is being sued by tons of other people. Oh, and she filed for backruptcy too, very convenient. And this was someone who was highly recommended and didn’t have a bad review before a couple months ago.
So we booked someone else. We are losing a $750 deposit, which really stinks, but I don’t trust this woman to show up to our wedding and produce pictures. We may try to take her to small claims court, not sure if it’s worth it though.
Post # 5
@Future_Sovesky: Something about a $100 deposit tells me this photographer is not a professional, or at least very new to the industry.
Post # 6
I am also going through something similar. You can see my new post here:
Want to change Photographers…help please!
I think my photographer has great images, but her style is moving away from what I loved when I booked her (months ago) and I worry I wont get the kind of images I envision and expect. I could ask her to shoot us in a way we would like better, but we might decide instead just to go with someone who has what we want off the bat.
We too will lose our deposit (only $200), but I think its worth the peace of mind. In the very least, the wedding day is major, and its best you found out things wont work before having him shoot your wedding.
Post # 7
@Future_Sovesky: If you’re not happy with him & don’t like his work, than you should look into switching. I agree with BeeM, a $100 deposit doesn’t sound like a pro. Most pro photogs will ask for 1/2 or 1/3 of the total cost at contract signing, which is used as the deposit/retainer.
Also pick your photographer based on what is already in their portfolio. Bringing pictures as samples is good if its maybe 3 or 4, but if its a completely different style than the photog is used to doing, than it may not work out.
If you have a contract with this photog, make sure you speak with them or send a certified letter saying you’re canceling.