Post # 1
I’m venting, so bear with me through my grousing. :/
I just had a short chat with our photographer. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a nice lady and is giving us a great deal. The problem is…is she talks SO MUCH. It’s hard to get a word in edgewise and it’s exactly like having your MOM photograph your wedding–with all the bugging and blah blah. I just want a professional to shoot great photos and not constantly be giving me mom advice. I get it that she’s the professional who can give us good tips, but her mom-like personality makes her sort of hard to work with. I almost wish I had gone with this very clear cut, no nonsense dude who didn’t spend so much time talking my ear off.
I’m also not that happy with her portfolio–it’s sort of old fashioned and she’s not very good at capturing action or emotion. The pictures are pretty, but just sort of flat. And I think she fiddles with color too much. In one set of photos, everyone looks orange and the sky is way too blue! I went with her because she’s a professional with lots of experience who gave us a good bargain. But I am just afraid that the pics will end up looking studgy. 🙁
Oh well, too late now.
Post # 3
why did you choose her? There must have been something you really liked photo wise. I’m thinking her personality is overshadowing those things right now.
If you really think you made a mistake I’d look into other options. I know your wedding is close but you never know. . .
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Edit, +1 to GroovyHippieChick >.<!!
Post # 5
@GroovyHippieChick: I just got tired of looking. I probably looked at at least 50 different photographers, and fiance was so sick of it that he refused to even look anymore.
It was a case of “good enough” because almost every other photographer was asking for $3000 and up. The only other photographers in our price range were not as good as this woman. At any rate, we’ve already paid a deposit so it’s a done deal.
I know I’m just crabby and stressed because of all the planning, and that her photos are ok. They just don’t have the kind of artistic expression that I want. Then again, my first choice photographer is Ben Chrisman, and there’s no way in hell that many people compare to him anyway.
Post # 6
Have you tried talking with her about action and emotion shots? Maybe this could be a new experience for her.
Show her some examples from other photographers.
Post # 7
I would sit down with her before the wedding to discuss the shots you like and the ones you don’t like as much.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies, I will! She does have some stuff in her portfolio that are nice. But I’ll bring in examples to give her an idea of what I want. I’m just worried that she’ll get all hurt like a mom would, that I want her to do things that are different from her portfolio. It is JUST LIKE dealing with a mom…when I told her we were having a small wedding with no dance floor (reception in restaurant party room), she sounded all disappointed and was like “but you’re having flowers, right?” She said this in a very hopeful mom-like way! LOL, it’s kind of cute and funny now that I think about it, but I’m also like, come on, mom! Don’t bug me!
Post # 9
You might need to just be more assertive with her. “This is what we want, will you do this for us?” If she is sad about any comments you make, that’s really her decision to take it personally. This is a business transaction, and you should be able to tell her what you want without her crying about it. Don’t feel guilty! This is your wedding day!!