Post # 1
Ok, now I’m getting worried. I booked my photographer kind of quick without doing a lot of research ( I guess I got excited) and gave him a deposit based on what I saw at a bridal fair and the price of packages. Now before I pay him additional money, I was doing my research and found 2 really bad reviews of this company (on yellowpages.com) They both were similar in that they claimed the picture quality was bad and looked nothing like the example albums they have in their studio. I could not find any other reviews of them. I did notice also, the photo galleries on their website are not that impressive and there are no testimonials like on some of the other photographer’s websites I have looked at. I’m thinking I should try to book one of the photographers that friends have recommended to me, even though I may have to pay more. I hope they still have my date available.
Post # 3
Oh dear, that is worrying. I would definitely set up appointments with the other photographers ASAP, and maybe ask your current photographer if he has any other examples of his photography, or any references. Maybe outright say to him "hey, I’ve heard _____" and ask him what his take on it is.
Post # 4
Oh no! Learn from your mistake and do your research before you pick someone next time!
Definitely ask friends and family for advice.
Did you sign a contract? If not, you should be able to get out of it. Just call and cancel. You most likely will NOT be able to get any money back, but it’s worth it to be able to find someone else.
If you did sign a contract, have a lawyer send a letter saying that you’d like to cancel. You have to let the company keep any money you have given them, but you can get out of paying more for crumby services.
Make sure you have another photographer before you cancel the one you have! Better to have a mediocre photographer than none at all!
Best of luck!
Post # 5
Oh no!! I hope you can be able to choose a different photographer! Did that photographer have any of his/her photography on display at the show?
If you did sign a contract, which I am sure you did if you put down a deposit, a clause that stated that you can withdraw but you will not get the deposit back?
Post # 6
If the small deposit is all you’ll lose by backing out of the contract, it’s definitely worth it. Your wedding photos are not something you want to gamble with. Picking a photographer is a huge decision in the wedding planning process….so choose wisely the second time around. (Research is key!)
Post # 7
im sure you can get your money back less deposit….
Post # 8
Where in PA are you? Our wedding was this past Saturday and we had some photographer friends of mine who are starting a wedding photog business in Baltimore, and they were INCREDIBLE I was so impressed and relieved! (so affordable and such great shots!) mhartwins.com is their webpage if you’re interested. Like I said, they’re just starting out, but we had a great experience with them. I can send you some shots of our wedding if you’d like?
Post # 9
Speaking from experience, I would start looking for another photographer and definitely try to find one that comes recommended. I booked the first photographer that I met with as I loved the images on his site and in his albums and his prices were very reasonable. I was so freaked out about spending so much on everything else, that I saw an opportunity to save money and I went for it….BAD decision. He did our engagement session and I should have cancelled him after that and just lost the deposit. We just didn’t get a good feel about him during that session and we weren’t really that happy with the images. I decided to stick with him (unfortunately) and we ended up getting multiple complaints from our guests about him on our wedding day. He was rude to our guests and to my horror, when I got our CD of images TWO YEARS later (whole other long story) there were MULTIPLE close up shots of my guests cleavage..and not just any guests, they were my 3 sister in laws. I was so unbelievably furious! In the end, I got my albums and managed to put together the few good shots that he did have and end up with a nice wedding book….but his service was completely unprofessional and I only wish that I had gone with my gut instinct and just backed out.
Post # 10
absolutely get a new photographer and lose your deposit (try to get it back, of course). I should have done this and my pictures are not good!
Post # 11
Thanks for all the responses! I asked around to friends and people from work and 3 people recommended this other photographer. I met with him and he seems great, his albums are gorgeous and he seems like he really enjoys what he does. The people who’ve used him said they were very happy with him. So…I will be booking him this week! I feel so much better now 🙂 Not sure if I’m able to get my other deposit back though…
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2021 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman
You probably won’t be able to get the deposit back, unfortunately. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try though! In the end it will be worth it to have good pictures. My first photographer didn’t show up to our engagement shoot and it took MONTHS and LOTS of arguing and threatening a chargeback on our credit card for him to give us our deposit back. I’m so glad I switched photographers, it’s such an important job and the photos from your wedding are priceless!
Post # 13
I know this is basically resolved, but just for the info of the community, I would suggest people use this tool to start their search.
If you know a photographer, that’s great, but if you don’t, going through the industry’s benchmark for professional is a great place to begin. That doesn’t mean that you won’t find a great photog who isn’t on the website, however!
WPPI is an organization that serves Professional Wedding Photographers and organizes conventions and other tools for them, and you to use to meet. Like any organization, it IS a membership, which is why you may not find all of the photographers listed there.
Here is the link to the tool: http://www.wppionline.com/findphotographer.aspx