(Closed) Bella Pictures

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I contacted Bella and it was really a nightmare for me. You have to go through a salesperson in their office, the girl who handled my request was very rude by the way, then you have to meet with someone else and then after that meeting you will be matched with a photographer.

Maybe other people have had better experiences, I had to ask them 4 times to stop calling my work beacuse I am not allowed personal phone calls. They were rude and disrespectful, i ended up canceling my meetiing. I kept getting asked the same questions and didn’t feel special considering I was about to spend 4-5k.

I also figured that the photography fees have to include the pay for all of the other people I had to meet with in addition to the photographer, and that just didn’t sit right with me.

Maybe it was just the people i was matched up with?

Post # 4
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

theres another post  here on wedding bee about bella pix…not a good review. sorry i don’t know how to attach it, just do a search!

Post # 5
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I used Bella Pictures and we were really happy with our photos!  I know that a LOT of girls weren’t happy with theirs, but maybe we just got a good photographer?  I also didn’t have any of the scheduling issues, and when I saw the bad reviews start popping up, I contacted my consultant and told her my issues.  She said she understood my concerns and assured me I was getting their best photog.  Who knows if it was true, but we were very happy with our photos. 

Post # 6
36 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had a meeting with Bella Pictures.  The consultant was nice but a little too pushy on getting a downpayment to hold the date. We told them we would think about it and they would flood our emails and phone.  The only thing helpful was narowing down the photography style we liked.

I didn’t like how they match you a photographer that seems to fit you.  What if they match us with someone we didn’t like. The salesperson kept saying we only pick the “top” photographer.




Post # 7
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The “top” photographer is usually a new or struggling “pro” who want’s an easy way to fill their schedule on dates they don’t book “real” clients…. 

Post # 8
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Here’s the link to the other thread about them. Sorry to say, I had a pretty bad experience with them too.

Don’t use Bella Pictures!

Post # 9
739 posts
Busy bee

The way Bella, the pros, and any of those big corporate wedding mill studios work is they have a list of photographers who are usually just starting out and a small handful that want to fill in the gaps between their real clients.  I’m not one to bash other companies, but since I worked for a similar company a number of years ago and want brides to be aware of what they are getting into by going through one of these company rather then a smaller studio.  First off the process of them choosing a photographer goes something like this.  They send out a blast email to every photographer on their list, the first one to reply with the cheapest pay scale gets the job.  As far as matching the ‘style’ I’m not aware they actually do this, its usually based on who is available. Second, you will not usually meet with your photographer and if your lucky enough to get one or two phone conversations in before your day, it’s only after they have booked them for you.  If your personalities clash there is not much you can do about it. These photographers are only paid a couple hundred dollars, so out of the thousands you are paying the company that is all doing into their account and funding their mega-company not the person creating the images.  The photog isn’t really paid enough to care about your needs, yes there are a few out there, but for the most part they just want to get it done and get their check.  If the photog gets a booking that is paying more then what the wedding is paying I guarantee you they will get out of the wedding and these companies will just send the next available person to fill in the spot.  If something goes wrong or your don’t like your photos, the companies PR has a way of ‘dealing’ with it.  For them it isn’t about producing amazing wedding images for people, it’s about making money.  Most pros in the industry consider them the walmart of photography, although they aren’t much cheaper.  You are better off finding a supporting a newbie in the biz but giving them all the income for the work they are doing for you or paying a smaller studio who can give you the personal attention you deserve for the investment you are making. 

On another note for those who are looking to brake into the wedding photography biz.  This is a great way to get your feet wet.  It was a lot of work for very little pay, but in the end I was able to learn the ropes of wedding photography with out the risk of my own reputation.  If you mess up, its on them, not you.  A lot of these companies let you use the images to build your portfolio which was also nice. 

I hope this helped a bit.  All I can say is do your homework, this goes for ALL photographers. If you are comfortable with the terms then go for it.


Post # 10
15 posts

Ash, thank you for taking time and sharing your experience and thoughts about Bella. I couldn’t agree more with everything that you said. Brides should be well aware of how those large studios work !

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