Post # 1
We’ve just had our wedding this weekend and I’m really not happy with the way our photographer was with my husband and myself and our guests. I booked him based on meeting him at a wedding fayre and seeing his good reviews. He also had an offer on that we would get a free engagement shoot but we never actually bothered as we aren’t that kind of couple who enjoy posing for pictures.
Anyway we were going to have him all day but due to financial difficulties we decided to cut the package to his 3hr package instead but we let him know months in advance about this.
Anyway when my mum got to the venue she said he took her picture and then dismissed her and told her to go in even though she had my daughter with her who was a flower girl. She then just waited in reception for me to arrive and he then came in and checked if she was with our party as there was another wedding at the registry office. My Mother-In-Law had parked her car outside and had asked where she could park it with the registry office as we had allowance for a disabled space and a wedding vehicle. We believe he made a fuss to the traffic warden and she ended up with a ticket. Then when I arrived he seemed really bossy and cross that the children didn’t want to get in the pictures. My niece is only two and she only knew myself and my 3year old daughter (long story) in the wedding party so she didn’t really want to stand with a load of strangers. My daughter hadn’t seen my nephews for a while so she just wanted to play with them. Then after the ceremony he just seemed to be rushing us. My partner was talking to some family he’d not seen for a while after the main pictures were taken and the photographer just seemed to keep harassing me to say he was going to the other venue and where was my husband. Then my husband needed the toilet so he nipped off then and again I had the photographer harassing me. He didn’t seem to be letting the guests take their own personal pictures as “they can have mine”.
My brother suffers from anxiety and it got too much for him and he had to leave. I didn’t realise he’d gone home and not come to the reception so when we were having the family pictures he was yelling for my brother then making snide comments that he wasn’t there but he wasn’t giving me chance to explain it. He asked for the brides parents and it was just my mum as my dad isn’t around and kept saying that. I had asked him prior about any shots and he just said he’d get them all. It just seemed a bit hectic and because we’d had a cheaper package like he couldn’t be bothered with us and we had wasted his time. And he just didn’t seem to find out any information about us.
I know we had a limited time but he even said half an hour before if he could go. I’d had enough of him by this point and just agreed. Part of it is probably my fault for not telling him but as I’ve never done anything like that before I didn’t know what to expect. I can’t comment on the photographs as I haven’t seen them yet but needless to say I won’t be giving him 5* as his other clients have.
Post # 2
a. My photog showed up late.
b. She clonked around in heavy wooden heels during the ceremony, and no one could hear.
c. She showed up late so didn’t scope the place and kept asking ME where to take pics. Not my job.
d. There was a gorgeous sofa I wanted pics on, but she said it was too difficult to get the shot…I’ve shot weddings. When the bride asks, you get the shot.
e. She did not take ONE photo of my husband and I posed together.
f. She disappeared between the wedding and dinner.
g. It’s been three months without photos.
h. My husband emailed her, and she didn’t respond for over a week about when we could expect photos (later this month).
Post # 3
oh bad photog stories, I’ve heard too many lol.
My sister hired this “incredible” photog group that had won awards and gave seminars. He was really building a big name for himself. During the year of her engagement (after booking him) he became an alcoholic. Luckily her wedding was the beginning of his problem, so her photos and videos were mainly of big chested girls dancing on the dance floor with their boobs bouncing, but he got a lot worse cause weddings after hers actually went viral on YouTube where he was so drunk he was taking photos of things like toilet paper on the bathroom floor.
Needless to say his career is over and he is now trying to re open a new company under a different name. Lol. Nobody is getting fooled though.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2017 - Ceremony: Cellon Oak Park; Reception: Alachua Woman\'s Club
My sister used a photographer that was established on the other side of the country with great reviews but new to this area. Photography was the one thing my sister put her Fiance in charge of so he dealt with most of the communication with the photographer. The photographer agreed to a reduced rate in exchange for them posting reviews online in order to build her client base here. When they asked about a shot list she said she didn’t need one. On the day of the wedding we were running a little behind and the photographer was quite frankly a bit bitchy to all of us. Like, sorry but I don’t even have a bra on let alone my dress so you can wait 2 freakin minutes before you take a picture of me, thanks. She informed us that we 15 min to be at the venue.
When we got to the venue the officiant who was also basically doing day of coordinating too offered assistance with setting up shots and taking a step back during the ceremony so the photographer could get shots of the couple without the officiant in them and she was rude to her, told her that she didn’t need her help, and practically had the officiant (who is awesome btw) ready to throw down with her attitude.
When we did family portraits after the ceremony she got all pissy when my sister or parents asked for pics of specific groups of people. It was only our immediate family, the couple, our parents (her Fiance had no family present at all) me and my Fiance, our brother and his wife and 2 pre-teen kids and our great aunt who is like a grandmother to us. And only myself as Maid/Matron of Honor and brother and one other groomsman as the bridal party so it’s not like we had tons of people we wanted pics of.
My sister’s husband was trying not to have to pay for an extra hour of photographer coverage which she apparently took as “do everything as fast as possible and leave” so she rearranged the order of everything (first dance, speeches, cake cutting, staged bubbles exit, etc) which totally threw off the whole reception and basically caused most of the guests to leave early.
My sister regrets using her bc she was so unpleasant on the wedding day, didn’t provide that many pics (compared to what others in the area offer as standard), and didn’t get pics of her with main people at the wedding that my sister wanted (close friends, etc.)
Needless to say I will NOT be using the same photographer, but will be using the same officiant (who still 1.5 years later gets riled up when we mention the photographer lol)
Post # 5
Not mine, but I was in a wedding once where the photographer was terrible.
1.)Aside from event photography, she ran a very popular restaraunt/event hall in our downtown area. They had a wedding reception going on there that day and she seemed very preoccupied with it all afternoon.
2.)Because of the other wedding mentioned above, she forgot that she was supposed to come photograph our hair appointment that morning. By the time she actually showed up we were pretty much done. The stylist was clipping in the bride’s veil as she was walking through the door. She had her take the veil back out and pretend to do her hair so she could get a few shots of the bride.
3.) She then left to go back to the other venue for some reason. She missed getting pictures of my doing the brides makeup and her mom & sister getting her into her gown. We had to again pretend to do things so she could get pictures.
4.)When we were outside doing the posed shots she realized half way though that the bride’s sister and I forgot to take hair ties off our wrists. Yes, it doesn’t look so cute in the pictures but it was an honest mistake and the bride didn’t seem bothered. She actually yelled and screamed at us to take them off and said that we ruined the pictures. Then she yelled at me because I forgot to take my facial piercings out,I have 3, but the bride had already requested that I leave them in since she views them as part of my face.
5.)The “hair tie” that the bride’s sister had on her wrist turned out to not even be a hair tie. It was a bracelet made from her horses main that was not removable. Her horse had just passed away a few months before. The photographer argued with the bride and her sister about how it was ugly and she needed to go inside and cut it off.
6.)This was 5 years ago and the bride never got her pictures. Her wedding album has about 10 pictures in it that her cousin took with his nice camera. I believe her mom ended up taking the lady to small claims court to get her money back.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
These stories are horrifying!
I was a little miffed at my photographer because he was newer to the industry and his inexperience showed and he didn’t get some of the shots we wanted..as in we’d be posing for a full body shot and he’d shoot a close up of our faces instead…and he lost one of those poses of Darling Husband and one of the groomsmen all together. Plus 3/4 of our photos weren’t useable because someone was blinking or making an awkward face.
But wow….these make me want to take a seat and be quiet!
Post # 7
jkm13 : OMG I THINK I KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT! AAAACCCKKK! (can’t believe that guy is STILL in business!)
side note, so sorry that happened to your sis. total bummer.