Post # 1
So I’ve complained about my photographer before with their lack of response about sending me my photo CD’s with the images from the wedding and engagement shoot. Well, I finally got all my photos in hand, and I chose about 150 (at the direction of the photographer) for the wedding album.
Well, she sent me the link to the wedding album this week – and I absolutely hate it.
They had designed a signing book for the wedding which had our engagment photos and it was beautiful and elegant.
The wedding album:
a) seems like it was slapped together in 10 minutes
b) isn’t consistent, some pages have a red background, some pages don’t have white space, some pages have a TON of whitespace, some pages have totally random purple ribbon background, some photos are square, some photos are rounded. It’s a mess.
c) only has 18 pages. We paid for an upgraded album with up to 60 pages. I just don’t understand if we get 60 pages, why she had me choose 150 photos, and then crammed about 10 photos on each page.
I’m thankful that this is only a proof and I can give her feedback. I’m just extremely dissapointed and frustrated, and I don’t know if at this point, after all of the frustration, if I should just stop trying to be polite and let her have it.
These are our memories, and I want it to be a beautiful memento of our special day.
Post # 3
I would definitely talk with her about your issues with the album. At this point i would not “let her have it”. She still has to complete your album, and this might cause unnecessary tension and delay in her finishing your album. Just try to calming explain your frustrations first. As this is your first viewing of the album design, she is unaware of your frustrations, so give her an opportunity to fix the album layout. I would tell her everything you listed above, and see what she offers to do.
Post # 4
Did you see other sample albums? How does this compare? A professional album should average 2-3 pictures per page, so yes, 50-60 pages seems reasonable for 150 pictures.
Post # 5
Yes – I argee that you’re supposed to have a talk with her about everything you listed above. and to see if she can fix the issues for you. Don’t be just frustrations, and leave yourself have such an unhappy experience. You deserve to enjoy every steps for your big day!
Post # 6
Thanks everyone. I explained to her what I would like from the album, I wasn’t mean about it at all. She seems frustrated that I asked for a “complete re-design” and told me it would “take a while and she would let me know when it was ready.”
Honestly, since it’s my wedding album, I don’t mind her spending the time to make it look beautiful. The first version felt really rushed, and slapped together. I wish she had spent the time on the front end.
I know another bride who is working with the same photographer and is on round three of edits.
Based on my whole experience with this photographer (not just the edits on this album), I’m just ready for the process to be over. I really want our album to be beautiful, but I’m also ready to not have to deal with this photographer anymore.