- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
Ok…. so. I’m a pro wedding photographer so naturally I hired an experienced, well reviewed, award winning pro to be my photog. I’m definitely not giving her name, but there was a thread on here not too long ago where people were asking for amazing photog suggestions and her name was given by someone else. I absolutely love her blog. Her wedding shots are beautiful.
I understand I can’t take my own photos and that her style and my style aren’t the same, and I can’t expect the photos she takes to look like I took them. But it’s still tough, so I already feel like I might dislike my wedding photos just because of this.
And it doesn’t help that I have not been happy at all with our relationship with her from the start. We paid her in full from the beginning, a good bit more than what I charge, which was totally fine with me because I wanted the best. I don’t want to give a list of complaints, but as a wedding photographer I ALWAYS interact personally with my clients, and I try to make them feel like I value them and will work with them personally on their day. For various reasons I have not felt that with our photog at all.
We had our engagement shoot very late, and because we are planning a long distance wedding, we were not able to actually meet her until a few weeks ago, though I did talk to her on the phone before we booked. The engagement session was a total disaster. It’s not her fault that the weather sucked, but she got there a little late, and the session had to end early because of weather. Her style was so different than mine… it was a ton of posing and not a lot of my and my Fiance interacting together…. by the time I finally felt comfortable enough to start suggesting my own ideas the session was over. Last week, I had my mom take my camera and equipment and we did another little session. My mom doesn’t know anything about photography but I was able to control the settings and angles and poses to the best of my ability and she got some shots that are probably better than the pro’s results. (Note: this would not be typical of most moms lol. This wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t do bunches of engagement sessions for a living).
So we finally received the disc of engagement photos, less than two weeks til our wedding. I hate most of them. I don’t like the angles she took, there aren’t enough close ups of us, we look posed and not relaxed…. and the cherry on top…. SOME OF THEM AREN’T EVEN EDITED. I was under the impression that we were receiving a disc of all edited photos. There are clearly a mix of edited and unedited on the disc. I think even if I didn’t know what to look for it would still be obvious to anyone. In one shot wrinkles on my FI’s shirt were photoshopped out and in the very next one they weren’t. The colors and brightness/contrast are completely off too.
Now I could edit these photos myself (aside from the fact they aren’t RAW files) but I won’t do this because I know I would NEVER let anyone edit my work… even though the only thing I’m going to do with them is hang them in my house… I’m definitely not putting them on the internet. But why should I have to????
Other pros, help me! Is this common? Is this unusual? Should I be freaking out??? Why would this highly reviewed professional photographer send me a disc of such sloppy photos?????? And please nobody suggest that I fire her and hire a different photog less than two weeks from my wedding. I’m not losing $5k and her work on her blog is absolutely stunning.
I’m so worried about our wedding now 🙁 I don’t know what to do 🙁 The one thing I want more than anything is beautiful photos from my own wedding day after taking so many for others. I would love to not worry about this on the day. But now I’m like, do I need to bring my camera along and have my mother take photos too? I mean seriously. I know how annoying that is as a photographer, but she hasn’t exactly given me a sense of confidence thus far. Should I talk with her about this and share my feelings?