Post # 1
Hi hive! I got married in April and just recieved our pro-photos back. There were a lot of shots that my husband and I skipped on due to the unexpected heat, the delayed ceremony start time and the fact that I knew we were doing a post wedding/Trash the Dress session afterwards. Here’s my dilemna, I don’t think that session is going to happen and I need some advice.
Heres the situation: Not only did the photographer dissapoint with their* unproffesionalism but the pictures themselves were not the quality I was expecting. A good chunk of the pictures were wonderful, so it wasn’t a complete fail. There were certain factors that the photographer couldn’t control leading to possibly bad shots, like lighting that wasn’t perfect. My main issue was this: the photographer never commented on how some of the poses looked awkward, or uncomfortable, or that some of the bridal party were badly lit in the shots that the photog posed them in! My bridal party has commented, without seeing the pictures, that my photographer didn’t seem to care how things looked, and that they were "over" my wedding before it was. One of my girls and I posed for a shot, in a pose that you don’t think of how silly it’ll look till you get the pictures and wonder what the hell you were thinking, and the photog took two shots and turned away. I made a few specific and completely reasonable requests of the photographer the day of and none of them were headed.
Suffice to say I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth when I think of them. Hiring this one particular photographer was the one thing I regret, especially since it was down to them and another fabulous photograhper who has been featured a lot lately in some great wedding blogs. Gotta love 20/20 vision. Anyway I doubt I can drag my camera loathing Husband (he only smiled in our engagement pictures cause he was making really dirty jokes that he found hi-larious) to a post-wedding session with this photographer. Even if I could drag him to another session, I doubt it’ll be pleasant for anyone and that we’ll get any of the shots we want as we’ll both now be very uncomfortable in front of this person.
Like I mentioned above, we skipped out on all the fun shots and I really really want them. But, we have no money left to spend on hiring another photographer and I doubt I can get a sufficent refund back from my photographer to pay someone else. Do I skip it completely? Try it with the photographer? Any other suggestions? Ugh, I feel so cheated… Thanks for reading this far.
*yes I’m using non-gender based pro-nouns as I’m not trying to identify the photographer here. Once I decide how I’m going to handle things and resolve them with my photographer I’ll try and leave a review on a website were potential clients can read my personal experiences.
Post # 3
First, I am sorry you’re not completely happy with your pictures and your photographer was less than professsional.
Two things stand out to me, the first is you say you got some really great shots. That’s very positive. After my wedding, I was unhappy with 80 percent of the photos, 10 percent were just ok, but the remaining 10 percent were great in composition. I broke out my photoshop skills (to fix lighting/unflattering folds in people’s clothing), and I really love them. Pictures that have bad lighting can be fixed. Your girl’s shouldn’t have told you they were over your wedding before it was- it’s rude, and I think it’s bringing you down a little bit.
Second, you’re upset because your photographer wasn’t very assertive/didn’t do the things you asked. I understand this completely. What specifically did you request that was not done- I wonder if what you feel is really missing are the fun shots you skipped out on? If this person actually neglected specific things you talked about, I would write a non-confrontational email explaining what you requested and passively point out you don’t see those photos. When this person emails you back (they’ll have time to think about their answer), if they can’t provide you with the specific things you agreed on- ask for some sort of compensation in a polite way.
If your photographer is offering another shoot that’s free or a very low price- try it. On the wedding day there’s a lot of stress, when you’re not rushed I’m sure the pictures will turn out much better. I would also wait to confront your photographer if you choose this option- you may end up really happy.
Post # 4
Calicohope, sorry to hear your photographer was a dissapointment. Perhaps you can look through Craigslist or Weddingbee’s classifieds board for beginning photographers that are willing to do a session for free to build their portfolio?
I found this listing: http://classifieds.weddingbee.com/topic/free-wedding-portrait-photography for a wedding portrait session.
I am currently looking for a photographer in the same area, do you mind private messaging me the name of the photographer you used so I can avoid him/her? Thanks! Let us know how it goes…
Post # 5
I’ve done some wedding photography years back and it is their responsibility to have the lighting issues adjusted with their equipment. Do not let them get away with it.
Second, you would be better off going to craigslist and posting an ad for a newbie photographer cheap since they are more likely to be in a harder working, creative mindframe then someone with an older mentality of the business.Besides, the newer the photographer the newer their equipment. Barter with them for their time for a memory card full of pics you can develop yourself and allow them to use your pictures in their portfolio. Most new photographers would jump at a chance for a trash the dress photo shoot.
Post # 6
they have free photography on this site too; I missed a free or nearly free videography here, they got back to me asked for 500 but I had just signed a 750 contract the day before, which by the way I found on craigslist, they do MTV videos and busines is slow.
look through classified of the bee; maybe you can ask a relative to take hots or a friend it may not be professional, but its a pity if you dont have the post-wedding pics you always
look, look, its a matter of lookng hard and being creative
Post # 7
So sorry to hear you were not happy. Can I ask for my own curiosity was your photographer on the low end of pricing in y our area? did you get to see much of their work before you booked them? Many new-bee photographers are lower priced. The price goes up with experience.
Post # 8
sorry to hear about your situation. As photographer, its sad to hear when someone is not satisfied with their pictures, it reflects on the industry as a whole!
Sorry to hear the interaction was not what you expected. The lighting however, is poor excuse….if lighting is not right, then you should create your own lighting (non-flash church ceremonies excepted ofc)….
if he is offering to makeit up to you, perhaps you should investigate?