(Closed) Engagement pics didn’t come out good, what to do?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I get not wanting to leave him high and dry but I would regret paying $350 for pictures that I don’t like.

If he wanted to salvage some money he could sell you individual negatives or prints. If he’s not willing to do that just walk away with a clear mind. You tried to get a fair deal and provide him at least some business but he’s not willing to budge.

Maybe if you call his bluff he’ll let you get some pics without buying them all,  if he doesn’t then nothing is lost.

Post # 4
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1473 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it were his words that said that you did not have to pay unless you liked the pictures, then don’t pay if you don’t like them. Like thursdayschild said above, maybe you should try to work something out, call his bluff. If he refuses to take the money you offered for the few pictures you actually liked, then you can walk away knowing you did what you could and not feel bad about it.

Post # 5
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2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Agreed, if you don’t like them, you don’t like them.  Perhaps if you explained to him WHY you didn’t like them (no closeups, etc.) you could have them retaken?  Then perhaps he’ll charge you a bit more (not much) for BOTH sets…or the same $350 for a new shoot with pictures you picked out.  If he’s unreasonable about splitting them up after you say no, or refuses to do another shoot or gives you trouble, then I would walk away with a clear mind and find someone else.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would be good to let him know why you don’t like the pictures, some sort of feedback usually helps.  Who knows, he might offer you a better deal under the circumstances.

Post # 8
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Engagement sessions can be a great way to get to know the style and personality of your photographer.  They are also a great opportunity to give them feedback if there is something you don’t like.  If the photographs he delivered to you seem a lot different from the examples you’ve seen on his blog, then a re-shoot may be in order.  I think though that $350 is very very reasonable for an engagement shoot, and the number of photos he delivered is normal.   I wouldn’t begrudge him too much for wanting to collect on the $350 if you knew what his terms were for purchasing the photos. In addition to his drive, time at the shoot, he also put in some time in his post processing.  He hasn’t technically charged you for anything.  If you’re not feeling confident with him, or he doesn’t seem really concerned in working something out with you I would consider that maybe you don’t have the right fit and try another photographer.  Just keep in mind that most photographers are going to charge you up front for any session they do for you if no wedding contract is signed.  Did you suggest a re-shoot?

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