Post # 17
6 months is plenty of time!! I really would not settle for using a photographer you dont like for your wedding.. you may really regret that one day… remember after your wedding photos are the only thing left to look back on. If you dont mind me asking what is ur photography budget and how much are you losing if you dont keep this photographer and you loose your deposit, you can PM if you want, I live in so cal I met with a lot of great photographers, we are on a tight budget
Post # 18
I wouldn’t push the wedding back for Save the Dates, I would just forget them at this point, or use one of the existing pictures. I would change photographers for the wedding though. The pictures aren’t awful, but if these are the best, I would be concerned due to lighting issues on the first and cropping issues on the last.
Post # 19
You have plenty of time to find a new wedding photographer. Don’t give up on you’re wedding photos just because this one photo is bad. Photos are really the only thing you can take away from your special day and you may regret not having them.
Post # 20
Thanks so much everyone. I’ve been calling around, but it’s not so easy to find someone this last minute. I’m going to take the photographer up on her offer to reshoot- what do we have to lose at this point?
But my question is: since I obviously won’t be sending out save the dates, how do you get the word out about your wedding website?
Post # 21
I’d have to respectfully disagree with your advice to the OP. There are a lot of potential factors that can influence the outcome of an engagement shoot. Suggesting that the OP give the photographer bad reviews when she is willing to do a re-shoot free of charge seems a bit overreactive.
If you truly do not feel comfortable that the photographer can pull off the vision of your wedding day, then you should let the photographer know your concerns and ask to be let out of the contract. More than likely they aren’t going to feel comfortable shooting your wedding if you don’t feel confident in their abilities, so it’s really in everyone’s best interests to go their separate ways. More than likely your retainer won’t be refundable though.
Engagement sessions aren’t like your wedding day, generally they are going to be more difficult and awkward than the actual day of when you’re surrounded by activities and distractions. It’s really up to the photographer to ensure they have a good connection with you.
These photos aren’t terrible, but if they are the very best of what the photographer has shared… I’d say you have legitimate cause for concern. Definitely allow them a chance to do the second shoot, maybe you’ll be surprised. I’ll cross my fingers for you! If not you have time to find another photographer. Please don’t feel like you have to settle for bad photos. I’m sure you will be able to find another photographer who can work with your budget. If you can’t afford much just hire someone to do a shoot and burn, and worry about stuff like albums later!
Post # 22
Okay – I can imagine the disappointment and panic that I’d be feeling if these photos were the outcome of my engagement session. I would recommend that you DO get new photos taken ASAP and explain to the photographer that you are slightly short on time. Maybe explain what you are looking for more (suggest poses etc). When I got my engagement photos gone, she allowed us to quickly scan through the photos on her camera – see if that is possible. At least she is willing to work it out with you! Good luck.
Post # 23
Does any of your wedding/reception happen at night? This photog doesn’t seem to have a very firm grasp on shooting in low light, or in lighting compensation when there’s a bright light in the background. That could mean a low-light reception would be completely wasted in the hands of this photog. She also doesn’t seem to be very good at framing the shots…I would find a new photog if it were me. There may be a “do over” for your epics, but there won’t be for your actual wedding day!
Post # 24
I agree with everything continuumphotography said. The photographer may not have the best skills or talent, or may be new, but they certainly are not short on customer service. I think we need more information here: What was the cost paid for this session? How experienced is this photographer? Are these images much worse than their portfolio images on their website? How many images did they supply you with? For the rest of them, what didn’t you like about them? Do you not like the way you look, or are they technically bad photos (bad exposures, out of focus,etc).
Post # 25
You can still do a STD without using an engagement photo. I’ve received them without pics at all, or using candids – and they were just as cute and served the same purpose as the ones with engagement pictures – so don’t let that be the reason you dont send out STDs!!!
As for the photog, weddings get called off way more often than you think, and not everyone is booked. Keep looking, don’t settle! And in the meantime, do the reshoot for your own sanity. If you’re happy with the new pics, you won’t be as worried about the wedding. If not, you know you’ll have to ramp up your search to replace him/her.