(Closed) e-pics disaster

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

If you decide to go with a refund (which it sounds like you should), I would not take the photos since you did not pay for them. That’s just me though.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

So she’s offering the DVD and to return the money? I’d do it if that was her offer (I wouldn’t have suggested it, though, if not). Def. don’t use her for the wedding if you didn’t like the pics. Is she a new photographer? That might be why she was so inexpensive, and, yes, photographers are supposed to make you feel comfortable and coach you through the shoot since they can generally see how the pictures are going to turn out (at least, that’s what ours did).

Post # 6
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Worker bee

I think that if you are super unhappy with her pictures it may be time to look for a new photographer.  At least with engagement pictures you can get another try, but can you imagine how devestating it would be to be unhappy with your wedding pictures.  My Maid/Matron of Honor had hesitations after her e-pics and proceeded ahead with the same photographer, only to be devestated by her wedding pictures.  I wouldn’t take the DVD, out of principle, and I don’t think you will need to review what you don’t need to do as a better photographer will help you pose well and take flattering pictures.  So sorry you had a bad experience!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

First of all, I am very sorry this happened to you. That sounds absolutely terrible. If I were you I would accept the check back but let her keep the DVD. I understand you want an idea of what to avoid next time, but chances are you know your body and your fiances and what looks good on both of you as far as poses and lighting. I wish you the best of luck on your new photographer!!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If your only reason for taking the DVD is so you have an example of what not to do, I would just take back the check and not take the DVD.  I don’t think you need horrible pictures to remind you what not to do!

If there are some pictures that you would actually like to have, maybe take the DVD and offer to pay for just the engagement shoot.  I’m not sure how much it would be, but I can’t imagine it would be more than $100-$150.

Post # 9
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Can you share the link to the blog so we can see the photos? They may not all be as bad as you think.

Post # 10
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3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would take the refund, leave the DVD, and make a list of a what you feel the photographer should have done that she didn’t do to your expectations.

When you are choosing your replacement photographer, discuss this list with them to make sure that a) they are comfortable giving you a fair amount of direction, b) favor more natural angles and post-processing, c) and so on…

I’m stressing the use of more positive statements, because no one wants to hear a bunch of negativity when they’re considering working with a client; you want your photographer to be excited and open to your ideas rather than feeling constrained.

Sorry, that was more advice than you asked for, lol.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would return the CD and get your refund.  Explain you were not satesfied and part your ways.  There is no need to keep any photos you hate for really any reason.  Any professional photographer can help you through posing and have ideas on where to stand/look/smile/kiss etc.  They should have professional equipment and know of course the basics like angles etc.  They are there to make you look amazing!!  If they did not, they did not do their job.  I don’t think its unreasonable to ask them to take down your blogged photos – just claim you’re worried about your identity being stolen or something. 

We did a e-shoot for our very good friends and later he freaked out when he discovered he could google photo himself and our photos of them came up on flickr.  He’s starting his first PhD teaching position and paranoid about his future students finding kissing photos of him online.  I’m like gimme a break but okay we’ll take them all done if it makes you happy.  We didnt even charge them since their friends but whatever.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Oh, that’s awful! I’m so sorry that you had that, but thank goodness it was just e-pics. Take the refund but not the DVD. Who needs something that they look horrible in hanging around?

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