(Closed) Has anyone been unhappy with the behaviour of their photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Helper bee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
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Blushing bee
  • 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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
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Honey bee
  • 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
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Blushing bee

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.

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