Post # 1
Any other Bees out there who are recently married going through this? We hired an artsy fartsy photojournalist who specializes in weddings, and he is known for beautiful work in our area. In fact, he did two other extended family weddings, and we were so impressed that I really didn’t think twice about hiring him. (Side note: he is a family friend, my SIL is best friends with his daughter.) Anyway…I didn’t have a typical “shot list” other than a few special family/friend photos. I didn’t think I needed to tell him to make sure he does something creative with our rings/flowers/invitations/etc., you know, the detail shots. I am sorely regretting this because I put so much effort into those details and I don’t even know what the ballroom looked like before it was filled with people! This may sound super dumb, but after 18 months of planning, I was expecting to see some great photos of how everything came together. The day of the wedding, I remember it looking great, but it was kind of a blur, if that makes sense?
To top things off…we have only 610 photos, with maybe 15-20 of my husband and I. Tons of dance floor and reception shots of random people, like extended family and friends. We had a slide show reveal with him a few weeks back, and he confided in us that he’s not only retiring, but got a job as a car salesman. WHAT?? SO HE LEFT OUR WEDDING AROUND 10PM because he had to get up early for work the next day. After putting all of this together, I just feel like he really half assed our wedding. Ugh…I’m just so dissapointed, and not sure what to do.
Anyone else have a similar situation? Contractually, he’s obligated to do our album, which I know will take 8-9 months and that isn’t a big deal…but is it even worth mentioning how unhappy I am? Not like we can do it all over again. I will say, that the good photos we have are really, really awesome! However, he missed a key moment of catching my husband’s reaction when his college mascot surprised him at the reception. It’s just so disheartening.
Post # 2
Did you tell him the mascot was going to be there and what time? If you didn’t, you can’t really blame him for missing it. If you did tell him and he didn’t, then yeah thats pretty shitty.
610 photos is quite a bit. As long as your contract doesnt say you were supposed to have 1000+, that’s probably fine. If you think about it, if you had a 5 hour event, that’s literally a photo every 30 seconds. How many do you need?!
If you have a few that you like, focus on those. You can also your friends and fam for their photos – they are sometimes suprisingly good!
Post # 3
How many photos does your contract stipulate? How many hours was he to stay, as per your contract?
Did he know about the mascot? Did he do detail shots at the other weddings, and not yours? Or does he just not do detail shots? I interviewed a fabulous photojournalist photog for our wedding and he mentioned he doesn’t do the detail shots, so it was a no for me.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2017 - Ocean front
Can you share some pics? :×)
Post # 5
As others have said, look in your contract and see what it said regarding time lines and number of photos. For me, I scheduled the times the photographer and videographer would be here on my contract. They left at 9 PM, which was in my contract since they arrived at 1 PM for getting ready shots.
I know it is too late, and I am so sorry you are dealing with this, but let this be a Public Service Announcement to any others out there looking to use a “family friend” to save on costs. Typically, this is not a good idea. Instead of a professional relationship and contract, the family/friend aspect can get in the way and it sounds like he was not nearly as professional as he should have been.
At this point, your contract and what details are in there is all you can really fall back on. If he DID violate something in the contract, you have grounds for a refund. If not, I am not sure what else can be done. Sorry bee.
Post # 6
Yep, we discussed timing (had it coordinated with the DJ/maitre’d also)…considering it was him and his assistant, I figured at least one of them would catch it. Our contract doesn’t state X amount of shots, but we have him and his assistant the entire day. He started taking photos at my in law’s house of the guys around noon, and left around 10PM or just before. I know 600 images sounds like a lot, I just know from various family members/friends who had aroun 800-900. You’re right, really not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things..just not as pleased with the overall selection. And I am definitely reaching out to our family and friends for pictures!
Yep, we discussed mascot arriving around 9:30PM, he was in the loop. Regarding deets, he said verbatim “I’m not like all the other photographers out there taking boring shots, I like to be creative.” He was creative, but I also wanted a couple basics lol–lesson learned.
Sure, I will upload from my phone! (on laptop now)
He bragged about not having “time constraints” and instead being present for the entire event. I know I said he’s a family friend, but he’s been a professional wedding photog (with legit contracts) for 35 years, and he is about $7K. I guess I just expected unicorn-magic photos, not human magic photos!
Post # 7
Thanks for the feedback everyone! It helps to vent, and I’m definitely feeling better. Focusing on the great shots we do have instead of those we don’t. Sorry, fell asleep last night before I could upload a few of these…
Post # 8
oh wow you are a stunning bride! On pictures of the room decor and moments like the college mascot surprise I can see why you are disappointed. The 10pm departure is beyond unacceptable. Yes you have to tell him you are unhappy. Maybe he will knock some money off or throw in something extra. Maybe you could do a fun photo shoot around your city with another photographer to get more of you guys. Put your dress back on and have a fun day shooting. I’m sorry you have to deal a this :/
Post # 9
I understand your frustration, and don’t have much helpful advice to give, but I wanted to let you know that those pictures you posted are great! I can only hope that I get a few great shots like this from my wedding.
Post # 10
Sorry about your disappointment bee.
I can’t stress how important it is to have a shot list. Never assume they’ll do what you expect. You’re paying for talent but also a service too.
Post # 11
Thanks for the suggestions 🙂 I will say something for sure, just have to figure out how/when.
Thank you so much! I’m super happy with the great ones, so still focusing on those. Make sure you have a shot list lined up lol! I definitely thought I had everything covered, turns out I should have erred on the side of caution and created one.
Lesson learned for sure!
Post # 12
Most of my photos were beautifully shot, but I was still disappointed. I didn’t have the time to take a nice bridal portrait with my bouquet. I didn’t getting any photos of my mom, sister, and me together. My photographer didn’t take any photos of my parents as a couple. And my brother was in maybe one or two photos total. I guess I really needed to spell it out for the photographer and have a VERY specific shot list. The photos of my husband and I as a couple were good, but a lot of them were taken on my “bad” side. Ugh.
I’m actually thinking of doing a formal bridal portrait in the next couple months.