Post # 1
I booked a friend’s photographer when we got engaged, very soon after we got engaged. I’d liked her pics and thought it went great. We met and chatted and it was fine. We worked to coordinate engagement pics and they were ok, only about 45 minutes, but I figured, hey its just 1 shot we need, right?
When we got them back (6 weeks later) I cried. They looked pretty and all, but just not what I was picturing at all! And the editing looked very juvenile, my fiance (who isnt a photographer but has a keen eye to detail) had her edit them all again w/out the coloring issues. That took a while, but whatever. We found enough to make save the dates. Ever since, I’ve had just ‘that feeling’ that I’d made a mistake.
After all that, we realized we’d be charged nearly 20% per hour outside of the 6 hr window that they cover… Which wouldve defeated part of going w/this photographer–a reasonable cost.
With that, the lack of ability to contact via email (send email, wait a week, send another, etc.), and the fact that we hadn’t signed our contract, we emailed and cancelled our (non) contract, sacrificing our 500 deposit, knowing that it basically covers our engagement pics.
Now I feel so guilty. I know people are busy and all photographers balance the life of an actual job and being a photographer. But I was not impressed with what we’d gotten, or looking back at their website, the style was just NOT ours! I know the guilt will pass…but I dread the response email we’ll get. It also doesnt help that it’s a friend of a friend. Don’t mix business with personal stuff, right?
Has anyone had a similar situation? Any words to the wise? Any thing to make me feel better about ‘dumping’ a friend’s recommendation and photographer?
Post # 2
You did the right thing – now hire a full-time photographer and put your mind at ease! As with MOST wedding vendors, you get what you pay for. It sounds like this photographer was really unprofessional and that’s not worth the savings.
Post # 3
Thank you! We found, contacted and almost hired “the one” already. It was part of the reason I could make this decision! And everyone says they’d spend more on pictres since, its the only thing you really have to remember it by, right? Women’s guilt gets in the way!
I appreciate it, thank you!
Post # 4
“I know people are busy and all photographers balance the life of an actual job and being a photographer.”<br /><br />
I don’t understand what you mean by this. A good deal of photographers are professionals that do this 100% of the time. Was the person that did this session an amature who did this part-time? Instead of feeling bad, I’d focus on finding another photographer that you like. If you didn’t do it before, do your due diligence of researching multiple photographers, asking questions, and even meeting some of them to see how you vibe. Good luck.
Post # 5
Can we see some of your engagement pics? I would dump her and hire someone else if you’re not happy. It’s your money and you won’t be able to re-capture those moments if they turn out bad so don’t risk it.
you could sugar coat it with “we want our wedding pics to have a different style to our engagement pics”
Post # 6
It’s crazy how quickly things turn around! We’re getting a contract from our preferred/new photographer. Our previous one was kind in their follow up, there are a lot of family things going on that have been keeping them very pre-occupied & recognized that. Sending good thoughts their way and moving on and up with the next ‘to do’ on the list.<br />I appreciate all your reinforcement, I feel I made the right choice! 🙂
The brain of a bride! aaaah
Post # 7
Your the client, you can do what you want! 🙂
I had “hired” a photographer for our wedding, then after much thought I regreted it and changed my mind. We didn’t sign a contract or anything and he was fine with us not picking him. I went with someone else and couldn’t have been happier.